ECUMENISM IS A THREAT TO THE
VERY LIFE OF THE ORTHODOX AND CATHOLIC CHURCH
"THOSE WHO PROMOTE ECUMENISM
AND INTER-FAITH WORSHIP
SUFFER FROM SPIRITUAL SCHIZOPHRENIA"
Bishop +Brian J. Kennedy, O.S.B.
AUTHOR: BISHOP BRIAN J. KENNEDY, O.S.B.
HOLY TRINITY CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
Through endless bureaucratic pronouncements, an intense advertising
campaign and aberrant educational propaganda, some church leaders in the
East and in the West have created an ideological atmosphere under which
the faithful and some parish Priests feel immense pressure to reject
dogmatic truth as the governing principal in favor of Ecumenism and inter
- faith syncretism. This has weakened the truth commitment among clergy
and faithful alike. The specific effect is dogmatic relativism and the
privatization of religious truths and traditional standards of morality.
Dogmatic relativism, that in truth is a liberal pathology, has served to
create a 'new' church and prepare the way for a one world church.
Ecumenism has given us the idol of pluralism which has replaced the
absolute Divine truth as handed down from Jesus Christ through the
CHRIST ALONE IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. APART FROM JESUS CHRIST
THERE IS NO TRUTH, THERE IS NO LIFE.
The 19th century French political thinker and historian, Alexis De
Tocqueville, said " It is easier for the world to accept a simple lie than
a complex truth." The 'simple lie' is all good people go to heaven. The
'complex truth' is the righteousness (goodness) of man is as a filthy
menstrual rag before God. (Isaiah 64; 6-7) The 'righteous' or 'good'
people who go to heaven are those whose 'righteousness' (goodness) is the
righteousness of Jesus Christ. Apart from Jesus Christ, no man is
righteous or good before God. (Romans 3:26)
There is a subtle psychological and spiritual conditioning by many modern
churchmen that De Tocquevile would term 'soft' totalitarianism. This
unseen tyranny is a non-violent, non-coercive governance that the
Ecumenist employs to reshape and reinvent the church.
The Christian Church founded on the Apostles is one, holy, catholic and
apostolic. The church is 'one' because the church has only one faith,
order and worship received directly from Jesus Christ. This one faith,
order and worship makes the church 'holy' because Jesus, who is God, is
the single source of this faith, order and worship. The church is
'catholic' because the faith, order and worship of the church has
universal application for all times and places and is "cut from the whole"
as delivered by Jesus Christ to the Apostles. The church is Apostolic
because the faith, order and worship is the same as that received by and
handed down from the Apostles under the governance and guidance of the
The tyranny of Ecumenism would seek to redefine the 'church' and remove
the Apostolic Mandate to retain the faith, order and worship as received
from Christ and taught by the Apostles and the early church catholic.
Where ever you have a Bishop with tactile succession from the Apostles in
an unbroken succession and with the apostolic faith, order and worship in
an unbroken line of succession, there you have the church. Put another
way, where the faith, order and worship of the church are not present the
church is not present. The heresy of Ecumenism would seek to create a one
world church with various faith structures and various forms of worship.
The Ecumenist is not concerned that there is not any common teaching as to
who is Jesus Christ and holds differing views as to Christ's claim to
Modernist and Ecumenical Ethnic Orthodox and Roman Catholics gather
together with Moslems, Buddhist and other pagans in a joint worship
service. Who is it they are jointly worshipping? Is this from the Holy
Spirit who is the Spirit of truth or is this from some other spirit?
Those who hold to the faith, order and worship of the church from the time
of the Apostles will continue to be isolated in the hope we will disappear
from the face of the earth. That won't happen as Christ promised the gates
of hell will not prevail against His church.
I believe, one day, there will be a one world church who will be the womb
of the Anti-Christ who will sit in
as head of this one, Vatican City
universal church. The remnant of the true church will continue to exist
and retain the faith, order and worship of the Apostles even if we live in
a larger society that publicly repudiates these transcendental truths.