October 8, 2009

Catholic Cardinal Stresses Dialogue With Orthodox Church Promotes Understanding of African Culture

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 7, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity is underlining interreligious dialogue as a key way to promote reconciliation and peace in Africa.
Cardinal Walter Kasper affirmed this in an address to the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, which began Sunday in Rome.


He was one of 16 prelates who presented interventions to the 225 synod fathers who attended the fourth congregation on Tuesday.

According to an English summary released by the Vatican, the cardinal underlined the "rapid growth of the Church in Africa," but also expressed sadness at the "increasingly deeper fragmentation among Christians."

"These divisions are historically entrenched through the legacy of the divided Christianity that Africa received," he said.

Also, the prelate added, today there are "many new divisions in Africa itself when we think on the more recent Charismatic and Pentecostal communities, the so called Independent churches and the sects."

He reported that on a certain level, "dialogue is currently undertaken through the Global Christian Forum, which recently met in Nairobi."

"On other levels," Cardinal Kasper said, "a serious dialogue with these groups is not easy if not in many cases totally impossible because of their aggressive behavior and -- to say the least -- their low theological standard."

Self-examination

Rather than criticizing these groups, he said, "we have to ask what is wrong or what is deficient with our own pastoral work."

The cardinal asked: "Why [do] so many Christians leave our Church? What they are missing with us and searching [for] elsewhere?"

In answer to these questions, he proposed the need to emphasize "ecumenical catechetical formation and building up of small Christian communities within our parishes."

The prelate underlined the need not only for dialogue with Protestant traditions, but also with Orthodox Churches, given the "recent rapid spread" of the latter across Africa.

He also made special mention of the "ecumenical relations with the Evangelical, Charismatic and the Pentecostal movements" because of "the relevance of their indigenous expressions and their affinity with the traditional African cultural worldview."

This engagement, he added, requires "inspired fidelity to the Church's principles on ecumenism" as well as "a specific understanding of African cultural expressions."

Cardinal Kasper affirmed: "Our search for unity in truth and love must never lose sight of the understanding that Church unity is the work and gift of God's Holy Spirit, and goes well beyond our own efforts.

"Therefore spiritual ecumenism, especially prayer is the very heart of ecumenical commitment."

This synod, he stated, "offers a challenge to the Church in Africa to sharpen its ecumenical vision and to offer the pursuit of unity to the people of Africa as an authentic treasure of the Gospel."

The cardinal concluded, "The renewal of the inner life of our hearts and minds is the crux of all dialogue and reconciliation, making ecumenism a mutual commitment of understanding, respect and love, so that the world may believe."

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On ZENIT's Web page:

Full text: http://www.zenit.org/article-27093?l=englis

12 comments:

Wase said...

Your Eminence Cardinal Walter Kasper,

First, I would like to express my respect and apprectiation of Your Eminence's continued great effort in bringing peace and reconciliation among the various Christian faiths especially between the Catholic and the Orthodox churches in Africa.

For such reconciliation, to be meaningful, however, it is very important for the Vatican to own up for some of its past actions in Africa that have afflicted a huge loss in human, environmental, and material terms. This refers to the Vatican's direct and complicit support to the Fascists who murdered 1 million people in Ethiopia including the killing of two bishops: Abune Petros and Abune Mikael. The Fascists had also destroyed 2000 churches and 525,000 homes in Ethiopia. The Fascist army was blessed by the Vatican which was then headed by Pope Pius XI.

Soon after the current leader of the Vatcian, Pope Benedict XVI, was selected to his post, he made it one of his first duties to travel back to his home country, Germany, and visit a synagogue in the city of Cologne where he expressed his apology to the Jewish people for the "unimaginable crime" committed by the Nazis against the Jews. While this act is greatly lauded, it is tragic to note that despite repeated pleas to His Holiness to express the same apology to the Ethiopian people, he has not responded so far. One wonders whether his reluctance is due to the fact that Ethiopia is an African nation and that the loss of one million people does not matter to him!

For more information, please visit: www.globalallianceforethiopia.org and sign an international petition.

It is hoped that all people who believe in human rights and justice will call on the Vatican to do its Christian duty by offering its apology to the Ethiopian people for the complicity in the crime of genocide committed by the Fascists with the Vatican's support during 1935-41.

Ze Dima Giorgis said...

The day before yesterday, your fore fathers intimidated, harrased and killed our fathers like Dioskorios.
Yesterday you came to our land tried to dismantle our Church. Tsega and Kibat are clear example for the case in Ethiopia.
I have also heared that Catholic Church was providing arms to one of the tribes during the Hutu and Tutsi war in Rwanda
Then Your "Catholic Christian Fathers " blessed mustard gas and arms when Mussoloni declared war on Ethiopia.
Then how can we trust you Guys.
History is study about the past. Because the past lives in the present. When we analayze the past, we can predict what you can do in the future.
Why not you go to USA,at least and try to regain your flocks. Many of ur followers are becoming atheist. Why on Africa. Is situation in Africa worse than Europe and USA. for everybody who knows USA and Europe, this is funny. I know many million Followers of Catholics are now becoming atheist in these developed countries. Why not u go and teach them. Why on Africa?
First ask our church an applogy for the crime ur pops did during the Italian invasion of Ethiopia.

tesfa said...

መራራ እውነት

ማህበረ ቅዱሳን መፍረሱ የማይቀር እውነት ነው እግዚአብሔር የቅዱሳኑን ደም ሳይበቀል አይቀርም በድሪዳዋ፤በሐረር፤ በአዲስ አበባ የፈሰሰው ደም እስከ አሁን እየጮኸ ነበር አሁን ግን ነገር ተገለበጠ የዲያብሎስ ምሽግ ሊፈርስ ነው ለጌዎን በጌርጌሴኖን
"ቅዱሱ የግዚአብሔር ልጅ ያለ ጊዜያችን ልታጠፋን መጣህን?" ብሎ እንደጮኸው ማህበረ ቅዱሳንም"አባ ሰረቀ ማን እንደሆንህ አውቀናል ያለጊዜያችን ልታጠፋን መጣህን?"በማለት እየጮኸ ነው
ይህ የማይጠቅም ጩኸት ነው ።

ይልቁንስ ወደ ኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ መጮኻችሁን ትታችሁ እስከ አሁን ወደ አሳደዳችሁት ወደ ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ጩኹ እርሱ መሐሪ ነውና ይቅር ይላችኃል አለባለዚያ ወደ አሳማዎች ልትላኩ ነው በዚያ ወደ ባህር ትሰጥማላችሁ ግን ይህን አልመኝላችሁም ይህን የምለው በጣም ስለምወዳችሁ ነው ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስን ለመሸፈን ተረታችሁን ብታቆሙ ኖሮ ከጎናችሁ እንሆን ነበር ነገር ግን የናቃችሁት ክርስቶስን ነውና ልናከብራችሁ አንችልም

በነገራችን ላይ ሰሞኑን በኢሃዴግ የተደገሰላችሁን ድግስ ሾልኮ በወጣ ኢንፎርሜሽን ሰምተናል አደገኛ ሁኔታ ላይ ናችህና ጸልዩ
ከጎናችሁ ነን የሚሉ ጳጳሳት ለጅብ ሊሰጡአችሁ ነውና አትመኑአቸው ይህን የምጽፈው እህቶቼና ወንድሞቼ ከናንተ ጋር ስለሆኑ እኔንም የሚነካ በመሆኑ ነው፤ በጣም ደንግጫለሁ እንጃ
እንጃ ይህ ነገር በጣም አሳስቦኛል በጣም ያሳሰበኝ የማህበረ ቅዱሳን መፍረስ ሳይሆን የኢሃዴግ አስከፊ ውሳኔ ነው ማህበረ ቅዱሳንን ማፍረሱ ጥሩ ሆኖ እያለ የሚያፈርስበት መንገድ ግን አደገኛ ነው እኔ እንጃ ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

Anbessae said...

Dear Tesfa,

You've written about MK on an article concerning a Catholic Cardinal.

Where's your relevance?

What a pity that you're diverting attention from the main issue of the need for a Vatican apology to the Ethiopian people for the Catholic church's support of the Fascists who perpetrated the crime of genocide in Ethiopia!

Haymanot said...

Tesfa, Egziabhere Yibarkeh/. You know very much about our church problem and solution. You are a true christian

Every time when you give comments, I am very satisfying, because always you are telling the truth.

Please don't discourage by some Chewa (don't know nothing) people. Gebah?

Tesfa, I don't have Amharic Soft were, how can you help me to get one so I can explain very well important things to write in my language. I really appreciate if you do that.

Thank you.

tesfa said...

ለአንበሳዬ
ካቶሊክ ይቅርታ መተየቅ እንዳለባት አምናለሁ ነገር በኛ ጉትጎታ መሆን የለበትም ይቅርታ ፤ ይቅርታ ጠይቀኝ በሚል ልመና ሳይሆን ከውስጥ የሚወጣ ንስሃ ነው ደግሞ ልታውቅ የሚገባህ እምነት ፖለቲካ አይደለም አባቶቻችን በከፈሉት መስዋትነት የሰማትነት ዋጋን አግኝተውበታልና ዋጋቸውን ከካቶሊክ ማግኘት የለባቸውም
አባቶቻችን ያገአኑት እንጂ ያጡት ነገር የለም"ካቶሊክ ይቅርታ ብትተይቅ ጥቅሙ ወይም ኽብሩ ለራሳ እንጂ ለኛ አይደለም
እኛ ከግዚአብሄር ያገኘነው ይበቃናልና የካቶሊክ ይቅርታ ምንም አይፈይድልንም፡የሚተቅመንን ይቅርታ እኔ ልንገርህ ቤተ ክርስቲያ ንበደቂቀ እስጢፋኖስ ደም እግዚአብሔርን ይቅርታ መጠየቅ አለባት ፤ማሕበረ አዱሳን በተሀድሶዎች ደም እግዛብሔርን ይቅርታ መጠየቅ አለበት ይህ ይቅርታ በረከት ያመጣልናል
ከዚህ ውጭ ካቶሊት ይቅርታ ጠየቀችን በማለት አጉል ኩራት ወይም ጉራ ምንም አይጠቅመንም በራሳ ተነሳሽነት ይቅርታ ከጠየቀችን ግን ስለፍቅር ብለን እንቀበላለን ደግሞ ቂምህን ማንሳት አለብህ ፤ይቅርታ ጠይቁን እያልን በመጮህ ያገኘነውን የሰማትነት ክብር አናስወስድም ይልቁንስ እኛ በክርስቶስ ይቅር ልንላቸው ይገባል
አንብሳዬ ቂመኛ ትመስለናለህ ማህበረ ቅዱሳን ነህ እንዴ? ?

Anonymous said...

For utenuwe/Ewunetu and his followers/ Wulude Areios you be sure your stomach will be as Areios.

Zemekane Eyesus said...

For Tesfa. Your last comment is great while the first one is completely wrong/false/hatred. You need to differentiate your group because one time you said I am Tehadiso while other times you seems to support EOTC. So, can you declare yourself which group you belong to?

Anbesse said...

Dear Tesfa,

Your vehement reaction to an accurate statement pointing out your irrelevant remarks about MK in the context of a piece about a Catholic Cardinal clearly indicates what type of person you are. You don't have the decency of expressing a simple regret for such an obvious faux pax.

What's even more significant is that you've shown yourself to be a supporter of the Fascists and their comrades including Pope Pius XI, who murdered 1 million Ethiopians. You don't even have the capacity to realize that an apology by the Vatican is a recognition of the injustice perpetrated against the Ethiopian people for whom you don't seem to care a dot.

I'm not MK's member or its supporter. Being attacked by a person of your caliber indicates to me that MK is a respectable organization. Whatever little I know about it including its support to the needy Debres and monasteries in rural Ethiopia deserves only an appreciation.

Kudos to you, MK! Tesfa...biss' remarks shouldn't bother you.

Debtraw said...

To all disciples of Satan:

I shall pray hard so that the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongues of spoiled people; they have made their heart the throne of Diablo’s. How do we know these kentu people? I’m not telling you who they are. I leave the judgment to the readers of this blog.

Their idle word, according to Jesus Christ, reveals them who they are. Please pay attention to the below versus about stupid, and idle people. They thought they learned from Geta, yet they don’t even know Who He is. If they know Him (Geta) they will be careful before they speak what Satan orders them to do. In my opinion they are only pipes. They just let it go without little thinking. That is because they don’t posses their minds. It has already owned by devil; Poor people. They are nothing rather than living machines who (it) speak without thinking or judgment because they are working only by Satan remote control. How do we know? Very easy.

Symptoms:

1.O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speaks good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

2. Good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.

Result:

1.But I say to you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the Day of Judgment.

Matt 12:34-36

Anonymous said...

to "Tesfa"

is that really the sprit of christian praying for tha dissolution of mahibere kidusan ?

Anonymous said...

Selama
In thee name of the Father the Son and Holy Sprit One God Amen!
I am writing my comments on the catholic church!. The catholic church came first e in Ethiopia under the Portuguese at least who responded to the appeal of Emperor Lebeldengel when he was not able to stand the Muslim expansion form eastern Ethiopian under the guardianship of the Ottoman empire which was coordinated by the Yemen Pasha. Thanks to the guns delivered by Ottomans, Gran had a temporary victory. The Portuguese army under the leadership of Christopher Deagama ( Brother of Vasco Degama) arrived and helped Emperor Lebledengle to defeat Gran. Emperor Gelawediwos son of Lebledehgel was to reward them for the assistance they offered with gold. However, they were not willing to accept less than conversion of the country to Catholicism and Perez, who was anointed as cardinal of Ethiopia arrived. After several attempts, they managed to convince Emperor Suyusenus that he has no alternative, but to recognize the supremacy of the Pope to be a strong Empire However, Suysenus faced strong opposition and several people received martyrdom. After that his tongue was not able to move and speak, Suyesnous recognized that he was heretic , called priests and said Fasil he son shall reign and Tewahdao shall be restored! Then the Jesuits left Ethiopia. However, there disciples continued the controversy under the name of Qibat and Tesga continued causing civil war!. The relation of Qibat and Tsega to Catholicism analogous to Tehadiso to Protestantism.

Again, the Pope blessed the fascist army that was leaving to Ethiopia and massacred Ethiopians including thousand of Monks gathered to celebrate the feast of St Tekle Haymanot in Debre Libanos.

To enter into theological o dialogue with the Catholics on Christology, the catholic church should first renounce these treacherous acts and what it has done to true Christians at council of Chaldean and then after.
We the Orthodoxy believe Christ has united nature from Godhead and Human body. He is a perfect Person and God. While we believe Christ is no more indivisible, we recognize His origin from the two natures. However, Vatican used to fool its followers that we believe only on the God Head nature of Christ. Fathers of Orthodoxy, Athanasius and Cyril defeated heretics in the two council of one Apostolic Church. However, the revisionist Leon Patriarch of Rome went out of this tradition of Orthodoxy and compromised to the teaching of Nestorius !

The Catholic church should first should question its past and also why its believer are lacking spirituality at present. Then after, it can it enter into theological dialogue on Christology with Orthodoxy!

Let peace prevail in EOTC!
God bless Ethiopia!

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