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Joseph Bonchonsky  (jpbonchonsky@gmail.com)
AMERICAN BYZANTINE CATHOLIC RESEARCH CENTER 1334 RAMONA DRIVE, MOUNT SHASTA CA 96067 #389 NOV 2O14 CHURCH UNITY CHALLENGE ... CREEPING EVIL CHURCH UNITY CHALLENGE ... CREEPING EVIL Church Unity requires the acceptance of differences. Diversity, when there are approximately 7,000,000,000 souls in earth, allows us to be at “home” in our little niche. To live happily within your own culture and traditions is a “norm.” When earth is so richly populated the problem of “creeping evil” must be understood in order to combat it. During the last century we witnessed more “creeping evil” than in any previous century and some of us may believe that the increase in population contributed heavily. It is necessary to understand “creeping evil” especially because its progress tends to gather a quantity of people who will fight for its acceptability. When a parent finds out that a son has become ill with the sin of same-sex marriage, the parent with a natural love for the “off-spring,” places that love above the problem of the sin and, soon thereafter, begins to justify the acceptability of the sin and impacts other people with the parents’ new-found family status. Eventually, the sin grows because of acceptability and this “creeping evil” becomes an issue of great magnitude. In seeking Church Unity, over the centuries, many different groups of Christians, impacted by their stand-alone status, have fallen to the wrongs caused by separation. In some cases, the “fine line” has begun to creep and while diversity is acceptable, the differences when they oppose Our Lord’s teachings are not. The problem arises that after 960 years (1054-2014) of separation between Orthodox East and the Roman West, the differences, although initially small, is no longer “diversity” but has grown to be defensible. The Orthodox East and the Roman West, long-standing Apostolic Particular Churches, are fully aware of the “mysteries” contained in our Christian faith. In Church Unity, the ability to differentiate between “diversity” and “differences” will be necessary to classify the acceptability of the mysteries therein. The ability to acknowledge that “diversity” and “differences” do exist and the ability to accept each other’s position before the status of separation becomes more important than the Lord’s instructions to be One, Church Unity will be strongly tested before an Agreement is reached. The “creeping evils” of same-sex marriage, homosexuality, abortion, etc., have become entrenched in a large number of souls and an increased acceptability now prevails. The task of “righting the ship” will require miracles. The separated Orthodox East and Roman West provides a minimal obstacle to opposing all “creeping evils” and after 960 years we appear to prefer to remain separated supported by our differences (and diversity). The Orthodox East will find fault with the Roman West and the Roman West will find fault with the Orthodox East. In both cases, “proof positive” is used to justify each position. The “proof positive” was attained by the same “creeping” procedure as noted above except not an evil procedure. The hardened position by each has but one solution, the acceptance of each other’s position initially based on the mystery of our common faith but resolvable only after years of “brotherly love and trust.” This is not intended to be a “cop-out” nor a tactic to favor one or the other but because after 960 years of deliberations we are still badly separated and not obedient to Our Lord’s instructions to go forth as One. In the meantime “creeping evil” increases her pace. The Orthodox East has an excellent administrative procedure in that no new religious interpretation is allowed until every Apostolic Particular Orthodox Church approves. While this has resulted in no new interpretations, it has retained the ecumenical positions of our Early Fathers when they were One in compliance with Our Lord’s instructions. There are many battle-lines between the Orthodox East and the Roman West that will further harden our separation and that status must change. The fortunate circumstance is that both the Orthodox East and the Roman West are in full agreement in understanding Our Lord’s instructions to be One. It now has become a need for “brotherly love and trust.” The first millennium is a good example of the East conducting the Ecumenical Councils and submitting the results to the Pope in Rome. Trust was a two-way street. For a multitude of reasons, the Roman West decided to go alone for the second millennium although two attempts (the 14th Council ... Council of Basle-Ferrara-Florence, 1431 to 1439) nearly succeeded. 17th Can you picture today’s Christian status if they had? We must succeed in today’s Church Unity Agreement attempt. With the world’s population to grow from 7,000,000,000 to 9,000,000,000 in the next fifty years there must be Church Unity to combat the “creeping evil” that is underway. It is not surprising that Our Lord’s instructions to the Twelve Apostles “to go forth and teach all nations” are still most valid. The oversupply of priests is the optimum solution to go forth and teach. Our Roman Church Leaders have the solution “off the table” and the married status of our clergy is opposed on most all grounds, especially financially. True, there is an additional cost but when the Church United status grows from 1,800,000,000 faithful, East and West, to 3,600,000,000 or higher, with an increase in “love and trust,” the financial problem will be solved. The major obstacle will be “creeping evil” rapidly growing because of our separation. GOD IS WITH US GO WITH GOD Joseph P. Bonchonsky Council ... Second Council of Lyons, 1274 and the
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