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Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira
Unperceived Ideol. Transship. and Dial.

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G. Collaboration with the Best of the Separated Brethren in Fighting Irenistic Relativism

 

We observe that extreme ecumenism produces tragic confusion among Catholics as well as the separated brethren, be they schismatics, heretics or otherwise. This confusion is certainly one of the most tragic of our confusion filled age.

Indeed, today there is no greater danger in the religious field than relativism. It threatens all religions, and any true Catholic or separated brother who seriously professes his own religion should fight it. This can only be done by the effort each one makes to maintain the natural and proper meaning of his belief against the relativistic interpretations that deform and undermine it. The ally of the true Catholic in this fight would be the Jew or the Mohammedan who allows not the slightest doubt about what unites or separates us. It is this kind of attitude that keeps relativism out of the fields it attempts to enter. Further, it is only once this attitude is adopted that interlocution in its various modes including argument pure and simple and polemics, can help to unite souls. "Good accounting makes good friends," says the proverb. Likewise, only clarity in thinking and expressing what one thinks really leads to unity.

Exaggerated ecumenism, which tends to make everyone hide or underestimate his real discrepancies with others, leads to a regime of "maquillage," which can only favor relativism, the most powerful common enemy of all religions.

 




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