"...for the union of Christians can only be promoted by promoting the return to the one true Church of Christ of those who are separated from it, for in the past they have unhappily left it."

-Pope Pius XI, Encyclical "Mortalium Animos"

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Balamand Agreement.....or Compromise?

This is the death-sentence for the true 'Sister-Churches' of the Latin Catholic Church, the CATHOLICS OF THE ORIENTAL CHURCHES. In June 1993 a 'Joint International Commission' of high-ranking Latins and schismatics met in Balamand, Lebanon, and declared that the Catholic and the Orthodox Churches are now considered as 'Sister-Churches': "the form of 'missionary apostolate' which has been called 'uniatism' can no longer be accepted." They are "responsible together for maintaining the Church of God... There is no question of conversion of people from one Church to the other in order to ensure their salvation." Catholics may no longer work in areas of Orthodox jurisdiction, and Catholic charity organisations are to fund Orthodox projects. This is ecumenism's response to Moscow's demands that "Uniatism" and the "Uniates" be finally crushed, especially in Western Ukraine, Romania and Armenia.