Yes, Father and I still mean what I said the way I meant it then and NOT with the meaning that you have falsely attributed to it since...The money that has been sent never was a bribe, was never intended as a bribe.
My thought was that we might as well give money to build Islamic Mosques or Jewish Temples. We would probably be treated with more respect. And that is where the thought rested.
I object to having our gifts spit upon and that is ALL I object to.
And now you call me a liar by implication in addition to reading falsely into my message.
And you ask God to forgive ME?
Rather we look to our own failings.
Here is post 35.
What I wrote and how you responded. I spoke of no intercommunion without unity in doctrine. You responded with "The money has to stop."
It is all empty words without communion. Very sad to me.
Mary, we must be realistic. We must start where we are at. I imagine you are not aware that the Orthodox have stated over and over that communion will not be used and cannot be used as a tool towards unity. Instead it will be the crowning point and glory when unanimity is reached on doctrinal issues.
There is a good booklet on this by Bishop Kallistos Ware "Communion and Intercommunion."
I think the Vatican needs to stop giving money to Orthodox countries and pull back from this so-called evangelization project and allow the Orthodox Churches to do what they can to get their own houses in order. The money shoveled at Orthodoxy can only be tossed back in our faces...after it is spent of course...and called bribes or somebody's due, and the so-called evangelization will consist of the kind of interaction that I am encountering on this Forum at the ground level.
I don't know what the Catholic bishops and cardinals are thinking...but what is happening, from my perspective on the ground, is an egregious waste of time and resources.