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So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.—2 Thessalonians 2:15

Monday, November 24, 2014

Ecumenical Dictionary Update 2014

Anglicans/Episcopalians say: via media.
Catholics say: narrow gate. St. Matthew 7:13-14

Anglicans/Episcopalians, Evangelicals and secularists say: divorce and remarriage is permissible.
Catholics say: without a decree proving a prior union is null, divorce and remarriage is sinful. The Permanence of Matrimony.

Evangelicals and charismatics say: personal relationship with Jesus.
Catholics say: intimate loving communion with Jesus in His Church.

Protestants say: service.
Catholics say: liturgy.

Protestants say: table.
Catholics say: altar.

Protestants say: worship.
Catholics say: worship—latria (adoration due to God alone), hyperdulia (veneration shown to Mary) and dulia (honouring the saints).

Liberal Religionists and Liberal Protestants say: abortion is wrong sometimes.
Catholics say: all human life is sacred and therefore abortion is always wrong.

Non-religious say: sex is just a game between consenting adults.
Catholics say: sex is holy and therefore belongs within the marriage of one man and one woman according to God's design.

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