Why Not Just Ask the Taize Community to Become Catholic?

Is the “theology of conversion” to the Catholic Faith so taboo that there is now no call for it? Some confused Christians of good will are just waiting to be asked. Just waiting! And they’ve been waiting for half a century, saying in their hearts “Please do not tell me to be ecumenical, invite me to the marriage feast where I can receive the Bread of Life.”

Continuing a practice of his predecessor, Pope Francis has sent a message to the youth gathered at the Taizé Community’s annual meeting to persevere in their efforts for Christian unity.

Catholic Culture: The ecumenical monastic community’s gathering, which is taking place from December 28 to January 1 in Alsace (France) and Ortenau (Germany), is devoted to the theme, “seek visible communion among all who love Christ.” An estimated 25,000-30,000 youth are in attendance.

“You are aware that the division among Christians is a formidable obstacle to the accomplishment of the mission entrusted to the Church and that ‘the credibility of the Christian proclamation would be much greater if Christians went beyond their divisions’” (Evangelii Gaudium, n. 244), Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said in conveying the papal message. “The Pope shares with you the conviction that we can learn so much from each other, because the realities that unite us are many.” Read more here.