June 04, 2007

Dissident Catholic Dictionary Word of the Day

ecumenism (ec·u·me·nism ek'yu-meh-ni'zem) noun.

In the interest of achieving unity among Christians, embracing any religious practices and/or beliefs, except those of Roman Catholicism, in order to fulfill the goal of unity among Christians by creating an anarchic, relativistic, individualistic, belief system completely free of any collective doctrines or creeds.


Blogger Richie D said...

(to be read aloud, imitating spelling bee contestants)

May I hear the word used in a sentence?

June 04, 2007 1:10 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Sure. "In the spirit of ecumenism, we are going to have celibate Tibetan monks chanting at Mass as opposed to celibate Catholic monks."

June 04, 2007 1:15 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

Perhaps a second definition might go along the lines of:

2. The desire to celebrate the beliefs of as many creeds as possible with the personal freedom to pick and choose whichever rules and liturgies are bestest.

Gee, Cathy, do I have to travel all the way to Tibet to hear celibate Tibetan monks chant? That sure sounds like it would be an interesting event.

June 04, 2007 5:04 PM  
Anonymous Joan said...

I heard some celibate Tibetan monks chanting a while back. In the performing arts center of my secular college. Not during Mass. They were lovely.

Not during Mass.

June 04, 2007 7:08 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Ray, smarty pants, you KNOW you could have heard them last weekend in town....

June 04, 2007 7:39 PM  

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