Unity, says Pope
FROM A ROME CORRESPONDENT
POPE PAUL called last week for new Catholic moves to speed the march toward Christian Unity, but gave a warning that some Catholics were embarked on a."dangerous" course that could upset the whole venture.
In one of his most impassioned pleas for Christian Unity, the Pope told his weekly general audience that Catholics must change their mentality and their "practical attitude" toward relations with other Christians.
"We can no longer resign ourselves to the historical situations of separation," he said. "We must humbly recognise the share of moral guilt that Catholics can have had in those ruins resulting from the separation of Christians." But he warned: "Let us be careful not to compromise the march and the outcome of
cause of supreme importance
. with superficial, hasty and counter-productive steps. In fact, dangerous and damaging phenomena ate noted in this sudden enthusiasm for reconciliation between Catholics and Christians separated from us." The Pope said one danger came from "Catholics who see everything beautiful in the camp of the separated brothers and everything heavy and censurable in the Catholic camp. "This is a servile attitude that is neither advantageous nor decorous."
He also criticised Catholics a who have taken Communion
with non-Catholics, saying: "They betray the cause and sacrifice the faith in the illusory hope that, to restore unity, charity is enough." He was referring to recent inter-Communion services involving Catholics and Protestants in Paris and at the World Council of Churches Assembly last year in Uppsala, Sweden. The Pope said he was not ruling out discussions on dogma between Catholics and nonCatholics, but said such an examination must he made by qualified theologians and scholars and not by "the debate of opinions at every level."