The Anti-Ecumenism of Pope Francis

Fiducia Supplicans causes the Coptic Orthodox to suspend their ecumenical dialogue with Rome, citing the declaration’s change to the Catholic Church’s position on homosexuality.

So much for the “big brotherhood” Pope Francis invited Catholics to share during his first speech from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica (unless there is another Big Brother that Pope Francis bends the knee to). If the white flag is a form of courage—as Francis said, urging Ukraine to surrender to Russia and earning himself some blistering criticism—Francis has been brave regarding the social justice ideologies of the day. But Christians, in ever growing numbers, are not on board with Francis’s brave new church.

For all his overtures for unity, it is literally beyond belief how divisive this pope has proven—and continues to prove—to be. It is almost as though he harbors some sort of intention to divide the house against itself to the point that at least a part of it will fall. That part would be those who suffer from what the Holy Father has called the disease of nostalgia, those backward conservatives, those custodians of tradition who are unwilling to evolve with the inclusive times and “broaden and enrich” Catholic theology.

On March 7, the latest in Catholic division occurred.

“After consulting with the sister churches of the Eastern Orthodox family,” the Coptic Orthodox leaders published in a press release, “it was decided to suspend the theological dialogue with the Catholic Church, reevaluate the results achieved by the dialogue from its beginning twenty years ago, and establish new standards and mechanisms for the dialogue to proceed in the future.” This announcement was accompanied by a video in which the Coptic Orthodox spokesman, Fr. Moussa Ibrahim, said that, among the decrees established at their annual Synod held last week in Egypt, was the decision “to suspend theological dialogue with the Catholic Church after its change of position on the issue of homosexuality.”

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