Inter-Church Communion

 

Sir, - While theological convictions differ on this subject, we should avoid offending holders of different Christian doctrines and traditions. Dr Orla Halpenny (October 9th) calls some Christian believers "non-Catholics", which is really equivalent to calling them non-Christians. The Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed, are officially a part of the theology of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and in essence are accepted by most other churches. These two creeds express belief and acceptance of the Catholic Church. Surely ecumenical Christian conviction should prompt us to describe the several Christian churches as Catholic.

In Holy Communion, let us remember that the words "This is My Body" were spoken in Aramaic words - words, which could equally well mean "This represents my body". There is room for two translations. Surely our Christian ecumenical convictions should lead us to describe different Christian churches as Catholic regiments in our Lord's Christian army united in defence of His Gospel. - Yours, etc., Charles H. Browne,

Ballyoughna, Gorey, Co. Wexford.