Orthodox Ecumenism: The Manhattan Declaration Print
Written by Sherry   
Friday, 20 November 2009 07:12
I was just reading last night in The Future Church about Allen's theory of "two ecumenisms" in the near future: "orthodox" and "reform".

The orthodox ecumenism would take place between "evangelical Catholics" (Allen's term: it doesn't mean Protestantized Catholics), most Orthodox, most evangelicals and renewalists (Christians influenced by charismatic spirituality.)

And this morning, here it is:

"An unprecedented coalition of prominent Christian clergy, ministry leaders, and scholars has crafted a 4,700-word declaration addressing the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty. The declaration issues “a clarion call” to Christians to adhere to their convictions and informs civil authorities that the signers will not “under any circumstance” abandon their Christian consciences.

The statement, called “the Manhattan Declaration,” has been signed by more than 125 Catholic, Evangelical Christian, and Orthodox leaders, and will be made fully public at a noon press conference in the National Press Club in Washington DC on Friday.

“We are Christians who have joined together across historic lines of ecclesial differences to affirm our right—and, more importantly, to embrace our obligation—to speak and act in defense of these truths. We pledge to each other, and to our fellow believers, that no power on earth, be it cultural or political, will intimidate us into silence or acquiescence,” the statement says."

15 Catholic bishops and Archbishops (including Archbishop Chaput of Denver and my own bishop, Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs), Metropolitan Jonah of the Orthodox Church of America, Charles Colson and James Dobson, etc.