Pope Benedict, the Mennonites and the Jesuits

Pope Benedict “wants to heal East and West” and reconcile with the Eastern Orthodox Church. Dialogue is ongoing with Lutherans, Pentecostals and Mennonites.

As for the pope’s view of Jesuits…the Society of Jesus is called to continue to work “at the frontiers” and yet continue to work in education…Pope Benedict may appreciate the ability of a “loyal opposition” to strengthen the church and “push the envelope.”

-SOURCE: Traditionalism not the same as tradition

Might this explain the exponential explosion of the teachings of Roman Catholic and Jesuit spirituality within the Western church denominations including the Mennonites?


5 thoughts on “Pope Benedict, the Mennonites and the Jesuits

  1. This was all planned by the Roman Catholic church in 1977 with the inception of the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue (http://monasticdialog.com/a.php?id=648). This was the sole intent and purpose of this dialogue (note the Hegelian terminology).

    Here are the stated goals from the above-listed website:
    1. To reflect together about the importance for monks and nuns to meet and understand, to respect, and even to assimilate certain values of the Asian religions.

    2. To take the initiative in promoting inter-religious dialogue with Asian monks and Asian religions, as requested by the Roman Secretariate for Non-Christian religions.

    3. And finally to arouse interest among Western monks and nuns in regard to the extreme importance of Asian cultures and religions for themselves and for the contemporary world.

    This was set out to fulfill the “Nostra Aetate” of the Vatican II, which states:
    “The Catholic Church rejects nothing of what is true and holy in these religions. She has a high regard for the manner of life and conduct, the precepts and doctrines which, although differing in many ways from her own teaching, nevertheless often reflect a ray of that truth which enlightens all men. . . .

    The Church therefore urges her sons to enter with prudence and charity into discussion and collaboration with members of other religions. Let Christians, while witnessing to their own faith and way of life, acknowledge, preserve and encourage the spiritual and moral truths found among non-Christians, also their social life and culture.”

    Further in the report, it was stated:
    “This conference has the very practical aim of helping monks and nuns, as representatives of the monastic world, make better known the Oriental renaissance, the discovery of mankind’s inexhaustible riches in Asian cultures and religions, of promoting a more universal humanism and establishing communion which will result in the using of each one’s characteristic heritage for the benefit of all.

    In the quest for ultimate meaning in human existence, there is a monk in every man, and each one faces the task of integrating this dimension of himself. The monastic experience can be a bond of unity transcending dividing lines between religions. Merton pointed out that common contemplative experience must precede the dialogue and theology. The study of Hinduism, it has been said, is gaining popularity in the West partly in reaction against materialism. We are living at a moment in history when the Church is for the first time beginning a serious encounter with the Oriental tradition.

    The monastic congresses at Bangkok (1968) and Bangalore (1973) showed the authenticity of the values of non-Christian monasticism, but at the same time the fact that these values are not sufficiently recognized by Christian Monasticism. How can we help the West open out to the East? The East around us. How can we help others share in this task? How make Christian monasticism known in the East?

    Some suggestions: we need a list of experts, East and West; of monasteries; of useful publications. We need exchange of persons between East and West; visits to ashrams. How can we instruct our Christian monks in techniques and methods of Asian meditation? Yoga, etc.

    In answer to questions, Abbot Tholens pointed to some texts to be found in the New Testament which can serve as links to Yogic doctrines. Contact is most possible at the highest point of each religious tradition: this contact may be made in silence, but very really. In this way the East-West dialogue differs from ecumenical reflections among Christians. We need to start where we are one, in the Spirit of God.”

    What? There are “Yogic doctrines” in the New Testament? This is entirely reading into Scripture something that is not there. It is taking Scripture out of context and twisting it to fit the Roman Catholic agenda to create a global endtime spirituality. How can anyone NOT see that this is the spiritual harlotry of which the New Testament and esp. the Book of Revelation warn Christians to stay away from? And really, are we “one, in the Spirit of God” with Hindus and members of other Eastern religions? This is certainly a devilish lie, because those who have not been born again of the Spirit of God according to Scripture are outside of Christ, and they possess a different spirit, the spirit of anti-christ! There is no spiritual unity possible outside of Christ as He is presented to us in Scripture.

    Finally, at the conclusion of this Monastic Interreligious Dialogue, the following is recorded to have happened:
    “The evening concluded, as did each subsequent evening, with a short prayer service led by Father Basil. The following day’s work began, as did that of each day of the meeting, with a meditation period of an hour guided by Abbot Tholens or by another Master making use of the Asian insights into the divine nature available also to Christians. “These prayer services, as well as the daily liturgies at 5 p.m., were held in a room adjoining the main meeting room. The prayer room was furnished with cushions for those who preferred to pray seated in the Eastern postures. The adornment of the altar (quite empty on a day of discussion of Zen; adorned with flowers situated at eight points of the compass when the emphasis was Hindu) and the style of the meditation carried out the Eastern themes. A short prayer service drawing from the Chinese tradition, prepared by Sister Helen Wang, concluded each morning session.”

    Along with the Roman Catholic agenda to erase the spiritual lines that were drawn at the Reformation and to draw faithful followers of Jesus Christ and His Word who have historically refused to be part of the “mother church” (read “harlot in scarlet”), this is part of the plan to draw all peoples pf the world together in spiritual unity, going entirely against God’s idea of spiritual unity as taught in His Word.

    C’mon, Mennonites, wake up and smell the coffee!! This was all PLANNED, and you are being deceived. Don’t forget, Satan is SUBTLE, and his purpose is to draw people away from the TRUTH!

  2. I just found the following information two days ago. It looks like the U.S. Roman Catholic church is also planning try to reconcile with the Reformed, Presbyterian and United Church of Christ churches (in the US, at least) as well. The first step is going to be mutual recognition of baptisms amongst all of the them. The Roman Catholic church is very busy doing everything it can to bring EVERYONE “home to Rome”.

    “Tidings Online” a California-based Roman Catholic online publication just recently posted the following article.

    From: http://www.the-tidings.com/2010/111210/newsbriefs.htm
    Published: Friday, November 12, 2010
    Bishops consider historic agreement with Reformed churches on baptism

    “WASHINGTON (CNS) — As the U.S. Catholic bishops prepare to consider a common agreement on baptism with four Protestant church communities, they “stand at an important juncture” in the quest for Christian unity, according to the chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.

    Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta said the “Common Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Baptism,” to be voted on at the bishops’ fall general assembly Nov. 15-18 in Baltimore, would affirm “the unity that Christ has given to the baptized members of his body, a unity that is ever fragile and always in need of support from the pastors of the church.”

    The proposed agreement, which requires an up or down vote by the bishops and cannot be amended, was drawn up over the past six years by a team of scholars from the Catholic-Reformed dialogue group, made up of representatives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Christian Reformed Church in North America, Presbyterian Church (USA), Reformed Church in America and United Church of Christ.

    While other bishops’ conferences around the world have entered into similar agreements with Protestant communities in their regions, the proposed document is unprecedented for the U.S. Catholic Church. The agreement has already been ratified by the Presbyterian Church.

    If the USCCB approves it, any baptisms performed in either Catholic or Presbyterian churches after that would be mutually recognized, as long as the proper formula is used and documented. The other three Protestant communities are to consider the agreement at their national meetings in the coming months.”

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