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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Br. Roger: A Man of Communion

In a poste below, I noted the "News" of Br. Roger from the Taizé community who was tragically murdered but who had apparently been "received" in a quiet way into the Catholic Church. Biretta tip to Patrick for pointing out the articles in response to the initial report. The response from Taizé rings very true about what the Eucharist is all about--something foreign to most in the Church universal. If Br. Roger can convince the Christian Church of what he stood for in unity, then he has indeed performed a miracle and I would be the first to give thanks for his canonisation as a saint. He truly was a saint. Below is a portion of the article that you can read from the Taizé site.
There was never anything hidden about this undertaking of Brother Roger’s. In 1980, during a European meeting in Rome, he spoke these words publicly in St Peter’s Basilica, in the presence of Pope John Paul II: “I have found my own identity as a Christian by reconciling within myself the faith of my origins with the mystery of the Catholic faith, without breaking fellowship with anyone.”

Brother Roger’s step was not understood by all but it was welcomed by many: by Pope John Paul II, by Catholic bishops and theologians who celebrated the Eucharist in Taizé, as well as by Protestant and Orthodox Church leaders with whom Brother Roger patiently built up trust in the course of many years.

Those who at all costs want the Christian denominations each to find their own identity in opposition to the others can naturally not grasp Brother Roger’s aims. He was a man of communion, and that is perhaps the most difficult thing for some people to understand.

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