Friday, May 16, 2008

True Ecumenism
Conversion, not convergence

I've posted in the past concerning an entire diocese of Assyrian Orthodox converting back to Catholicism. Well, it's just been finalized. Here's the article from The California Catholic Daily; Ecumenical triumph
California-based diocese of the Assyrian Apostolic Church enters full communion with the Catholic Church

On Pentecost, leaders of the Chaldean Catholic Church in California formally received into communion a bishop of the Assyrian Apostolic Church of the East, his clergy and faithful. The bishop, Mar Mawai Soro, who presided over the western Assyrian diocese headquartered in San Jose, was disciplined by the Holy Synod of the Assyrian Apostolic Church in 2005 for publicly defending papal primacy.

The Assyrian Church (centered in Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq), which dates back to the earliest days of the Christian faith, eventually came to embrace the teachings of the fifth century archbishop of Constantinople, Nestorius, condemned by the Council of Ephesus in 431. Beginning, however, in the 16th century, large numbers of Nestorian Assyrians came into union with Rome, forming the Chaldean Catholic Church -- which today is larger than the Assyrian Church.

The course of events that led the California-based Assyrian diocese into full communion with the Catholic Church began in November 2005, when Mar Mawai Soro presented a paper, The Position of the Church of the East Theological Tradition on the Questions of Church Unity and Full Communion, to the Holy Synod of the Assyrian Church. Five days after Mar Mawai delivered the paper, in which he argued for the necessity of papal primacy, he was suspended by the synod. Subsequently, with loyal clergy and faithful, Mar Bawai formed the Assyrian Catholic Apostolic Diocese.

The new diocese then began to draw closer to the El Cajon-based Chaldean Catholic Diocese of St. Peter the Apostle. On Jan. 17, 2008, the clergy of the Assyrian Catholic Apostolic Diocese, meeting in Dublin, unanimously adopted a “Declaration of Intention” to “enter full communion with the Catholic Church” and “resume church unity with the Chaldean Catholic Church.” On March 28, the Chaldean and Assyrian clergy met at the Cathedral of St. Peter in San Diego, where they recited a Catholic profession of faith before the altar.

The union, which brought the bishop, Mar Bawai, six priests, over 30 deacons and subdeacons, and about 3,000 faithful into full, Catholic communion, was solemnized May 10-11 at St. Thomas Church in Turlock and at St. Matthew Church in Ceres.


Blogger VSO said...

Just curious folks, have they renounced Nestorianism heresy (which btw influenced that SOB mohammed) as well as the other mono-heresies?

12:45 PM  
Blogger Kevin Whiteman said...

I haven't read anything specific along those lines, but I would think that would be a requirement for the conversion en masse.

1:55 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Always good to see some positive news from here in Cali.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

They have renounced it. They made a Catholic Profession of Faith.

2:52 PM  

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