"...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"

Friday, August 13, 2010

Great Melkite Catholics: Brother Francis Maluf, MICM (July 19, 1913 – September 05, 2009)

Read about Brother Francis, MICM ( Dr. Fakhri Boutros Maluf) who was a Melkite Greek Catholic, a relentless defender of the necessity of the Catholic Church for salvation and possibly one of the greatest Catholic thinkers of the 20th century. http://catholicism.org/author/brfrancismaluf

Due to circumstances in his life and the necessity of banding together with other Catholics who defended the perennial teaching of the Church on salvation ("Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus"), he ended up becoming the superior of a religious order of the Roman rite rather than of his own Melkite Greek Catholic Church.

We pray for the day when Melkites who believe in the Dogma "Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus" and the necessity of Holy Unia will be able to be members of monasteries in their own ritual Church and worship according to their own Eastern Catholic tradition.

Currently the Saint Benedict Center in New Hampshire has a chapel and a chaplain under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester.