“We have to take our theology seriously,” Beckwith said, “and that means that doing the right thing is sometimes unpleasant.” Orthodox Catholics and Protestants stand together in a common Nicene faith.
Where we enjoy genuine unity, let's not be afraid to recognize it.
When Catholics were catholic, they were Catholic too, and it was within the Roman church that they came to saving faith in Jesus Christ.
To be sure, the pope would not tolerate their plain teaching of the gospel, so eventually they were thrown out of the church.
After a recent week when I performed a wedding and a pastoral counseling session surrounding the issue, I was finally motivated to write down a few thoughts. An amber glow upon the bride's and groom's faces, illumined by the candles on the table altar behind me, showcased the gravity of the moment.
Their sweaty palms, nervous smiles, and mutual pledges of love and fidelity captivated the attention of onlookers.