In “Shared Treasure” interesting article by Hans-Jürgen Feulner

Liturgy expert Hans-Jürgen Feulner has an article in the latest edition of Shared Treasure that is free now to read via our website.  He was a participant in the international commission that developed Divine Worship: The Missal, our liturgy reflecting our Anglican tradition.

To whet your appetite for reading the whole article, I include this excerpt from  Unity of Faith in Diversity of Liturgical Expression: An Ecumenical Approach from a Catholic Perspective by Means of the “Divine Worship” Form of the Roman Rite.  It starts on page 141 of the journal.

Many Anglicans have accused Rome of engaging in an ecumenism of return. Of course, it has to be said that Anglicanorum Coetibus must not be the expression of such an ecumenism of return, but rather a canonical possibility of non-Catholic groups joining the Catholic Church of their own free desire while retaining some of their own legitimate traditions formed over the centuries. Any kind of proselytism or active enticement of members of other Christian denominations is clearly to be rejected.
Primarily there should be ethical, doctrinal, and liturgical attraction or affection toward the Catholic Church, and not only negative differentiations and disagreements with one’s own church or ecclesial community.
The Catholic Church must not go fishing for members of other communities, but should be allowed to answer a knock at her door with pastoral sensitivity – which may unfortunately cause ecumenical discords.
Please read the whole thing!

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