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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Br. Roger from Taizé was a Secret Catholic for 33 Yrs?

What does one make of this?
A year after being murdered in his own church, the secret of Brother Roger, apostle of Christian unity, has been made public: the Swiss Protestant monk, who founded an ecumenical community at Taizé in eastern France, was an undeclared Catholic for 33 years.

Just over a year ago, Brother Roger, aged 90, was stabbed to death in public by a deranged Romanian pilgrim in the community he founded to promote unity in the Christian Church. The following week he was given a funeral service according to Catholic rites, fulfilling a wish he expressed before he died. Many Protestant supporters were taken aback - even annoyed.

Now a former Catholic bishop of Autun, whose diocese includes the village of Taizé, has said Brother Roger made a Catholic "profession of faith" in 1972. "Brother Roger himself told me he was a Catholic," Monseigneur Raymond Séguy said. His Catholic allegiance was never made public as Brother Roger did not want to destroy his ecumenical achievements at Taizé.

However, some Protestant leaders, while backing Taizé's work, became disturbed by what they saw as Brother Roger's drift towards Catholicism. At the funeral of Pope John Paul II last year, Brother Roger was seen to take communion from the hands of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. The future Pope Benedict XVI had always opposed proposals that, in the name of Christian unity, Protestants should be allowed to participate in the Catholic mass.

The mystery of how the "Protestant" Brother Roger came to receive the host from Cardinal Ratzinger's own hand has now been solved.

6 Comments:

Blogger Joel said...

That Br. Roger had a keen appreciation for Catholic teaching is hardly news and I'm not sure how this story "solves" Br. Roger's receiving communion from then Cardinal Ratzinger.

As I understand Roman Catholic polity (and someone correct me if I'm mistaken), professing a Catholic faith apart from formal reception into the church is not sufficient for receiving communion in the Catholic church except in extremis (e.g., you're on your deathbed and no other priest is available but a Catholic one).

Since the article doesn't say that Br. Roger was ever formally received into the Roman Catholic church, I'm not sure it clears up much.

4:15 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you might be a closet catholic Jeff.

Na-na-na-nana-na.

2:01 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sort of like the anonymous entry; we're both just big chickens aren't we?! Na na na na na! (Fingers in ears and tongue out!)

Anon. Cath.

8:22 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You other anonymous guys are wimps. I'll do you all one better.

Here's the MOON, Jeff!

(_|_)

Anon #3.

5:01 pm  
Blogger Jeff said...

Now, I wonder who this mark of identity belongs to?

6:24 pm  
Blogger Patrik said...

The Taizé community has responded to this claims now.

12:39 pm  

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