I'm all for ecumenism. The Universal (or in Greek, Katholikos, more known as Catholic) Christian ecumenism in which we can all agree on.
Catholic has many things to improve & learn from our brothers, the Protestants. Due to its super old age, there are many things in Catholic Church that desperately need reforms. If you study Catholic history, you noticed that the Church is dynamic, constantly changing (but not in serious doctrinal subjects though). For example, we use to have only Latin mass, in which people need to understand Latin to truly understand what's going on. Now we have mass & sing hymn in common language, so people can relate more. Not all popes are great too, there are some notoriously bad popes. We can only distinguished the good from the bad ones through history.
The Protestants need to consider a mean to stop the non-ending divisions and disagreements among themselves, and thus we can all be one Church in Christ. They need to understand that their movement was once not to create truly separate entity & reject the Roman Catholic Church, but it was to Reform the once Corrupt Church. That was then, war has been fought, The Church has learned its lesson. The continuation of "Protest" movement will only bring harm, and within time what was universally true in 15th century was rejected now due to lack of continuity. Compare Lutheran manuscripts with today's pop American church theology. With many smart brains trying to decipher the bible (which inspired by the Holy Spirit), if it is truly inspired, why is there so many differences in interpretations? Are the Holy Spirit(s) contradict themselves?
Article by Stephen Long, professor at Garett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Evanston, IL)In need of a pope
Churches back plan to unite under Pope
Complete article here: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article1403702.ece
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