Msgr. Newton Speaks on Ecumenism

Author: Fr. Christopher Phillips

Fr. Christopher G. Phillips is the pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he has served for the past twenty-eight years. He is the founding pastor of the first Anglican Use parish, erected in 1983 under the terms of the Pastoral Provision. Fr. Phillips was ordained as an Anglican for the Diocese of Bristol, England, in 1975. After serving as Curate for three years at St. Stephen Southmead, he returned to the United States and served in two Episcopal parishes in the Diocese of Rhode Island. In 1981 he left the Episcopal Church and moved with his family to Texas, where he was subsequently ordained as a Catholic priest in 1983. Fr. Phillips and his wife, JoAnn, have been married for forty years. They have five children, all grown and married, and three grandchildren.

2 thoughts on “Msgr. Newton Speaks on Ecumenism”

  1. It may be worth while for all Anglicans to listen carefully to Monsignor Newton's remarks. He offers a very careful survey of Ecumenism as it pertains to the historical Roman Catholic/Anglican diologue. In light of our Lord's Will, that we may all be One, it is enlightening to hear the story articulated so well in 37 minutes, and to get a true sense of God's Grace and the movement of the Holy Spirit throughout.

  2. I agree this lecture is well-worth listening to. I hope someone publishes the text so we can post it here for those who would rather read than listen on YouTube.

    I especially found interesting his explanation of first order and second order theological issues. This is really important for those who say, well, let's set aside women's ordination as a second-order issue. He explained that you cannot treat the second-order issues as unimportant or irrelevant in an ecumenical context because they are only second-order in the sense that they are dependent on first-order principles. They are all of a piece, in other words.

    But I do understand that in evangelism, such as the Alpha Course, you don't immediately start in with arguments about infant baptism or the intrinsic evil of artificial contraception—-you have to make sure people grasp the foundational principles first.

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