Wednesday, September 15, 2010


At left, Father Christopher Jamison participates in protest with unidentified nun.

According to a report in the BBC web pages Father Christopher Jamison, Papal visit spokesman for the Pope's upcoming visit to the UK, said, "The 21st Century is a religious century, and secular Britain is to be commended for being open to giving a public platform to religious voices in this country.

He added,"The Catholic Church wants to build a multi-faith society in Britain. And the Pope will have important messages about the role that religious faith can play in civil society."

How many faiths does the Vatican recognize, and why would it want to help build other faiths outside of the Christian one?


Daniel J. Cassidy said...

As you well know, from 1535 until well into the 19th century, the term Christian, as far as British law was concerned, did not encompass Roman Catholics. Many left this life at the Tyburn Tree. They remain, in many respects, second class citizens in the United Kingdom today. In calling for an end to "old suspicions ... and a greater mutual trust," H.M. the Queen, in her welcoming remarks, differentiated between the established Churches of England and Scotland and the Roman Catholic Church. These are the churches, among others, that Father Jamison is referring to when he rightly speaks of a "multi-faith society."

He is not guilty of religious indifferentism, but simply acknowledging the unfortunate divisions among Christians.

We should pray and work toward the unity for which our Lord prayed. Let's not exacerbate divisions by suggesting that the Papal spokesman is a Christian apostate.

Fr. John said...

“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
[There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:1

I’m pretty sure there is only one Christian faith. I believe he is referring to non-Christian faiths. Maybe we should ask him.