“They are the ones who are the obstacles,” Bishop Alvarez said, contending that Pope Benedict was placing too much emphasis on issues such as the ordination of women and homosexuals, which were not issues decided during the Church’s first seven ecumenical councils. “My concern is that they open themselves to dialogue instead of just saying this is wrong.”

–Episcopal Bishop David Alvarez of Puerto Rico remarking on deteriorating ecumenical relations between the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church

[I don’t normally comment on quotes of the day, but for the sake of those who may not be up on their patristic history I need to mention that there were many issues with which the first seven ecumenical councils never formally dealt. These include justification by faith, the relationship of Scripture and tradition, the nature of papal primacy, the Immaculate Conception, and many other items that the RC Church would hardly consider unimportant as a result. What Bishop Alvarez is doing here is basically saying, “Why can’t the Catholic Church be just like us?” That is the usual liberal mainline Protestant response when confronted with any form of disagreement with its agenda, no matter how much rhetoric of “tolerance” or “inclusiveness” get slathered over that response.]

(Via MCJ.)

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