Pope Francis urged Catholics to abandon "all polemical or apologetical approaches" and to "walk together" with non-Catholics. Not just that, but we need non-Catholics in order to understand God.
Christian unity – we are convinced – will not be the fruit of subtle theoretical discussions in which each party tries to convince the other of the soundness of their opinions. When the Son of Man comes, he will find us still discussing! We need to realize that, to plumb the depths of the mystery of God, we need one another, we need to encounter one another and to challenge one another under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who harmonizes diversities, overcomes conflicts, reconciles differences.
All forms of "proselytism and competition" make us "self-enclosed" and "exclusive," the Pope said.
The occasion was Second Vespers for the Solemnity of the Conversion of St. Paul, which was celebrated in the context of an ecumenical meeting, on January 25.
The Bear suspects that, under the Pope's approach, when the Son of Man comes, He will find us still walking! It is a journey without a destination.
The Bear has finally figured out ecumenism. Nobody has any real intention of changing anyone's mind. It's about affirming the status quo under the banner of "Christian unity." These ecumenical meetings have nothing to do with reuniting anyone with the Church. The meaning of "evangelization" has been twisted so as to be unrecognizable. The unspoken premise is that the Catholic Church is no better than any other Christian body. Ecumenism is an end in itself.
Protestants may have some good ideas. The Bear personally likes them, for the most part, and considers many of them allies. On the other hand, they have extraordinarily bad ideas like sola scriptura and sola fide. Jehovah's Witnesses deny the divinity of Christ. Orthodox see their churches as expressions of nationalism and reject the papacy.
If you walk with Protestants, eventually you come to the edge of a cliff.
Pope Francis is too polite to warn them.
The Bear wonders if Pope Francis is too polite to stop before he himself goes over, and takes the lemmings with him.
The Bear just shrugs and puts up another sign for the protection of the woodland creatures.
UPDATE: More on this at Rorate Caeli.