I have to admit, my feelings toward "Toward a true ecumenism" are less positive now than they were when I started this thread. For two reasons: 1. noting and reflecting on the fact that Fr. Z completely ignores the question of salvation for non-Catholics, and 2. reading some of the comments posted at the bottom of the page. (Of course, (2) could be subdivided into a few different issues, but I won't.)
This morning, after finishing reading the comments, I re-listened to the podcast (well, not the whole things, just the 8 minutes that aren't him reading the encyclical). I have to say that I would like what he says unreservedly if
I didn't know anything about the encyclical he was discussing -- or more specifically, if I had never considered what the encyclical might imply about the salvation (or lack thereof) of non-Catholics, or wondered why Fr Z completely ignores that in his remarks.
It makes me wonder: out of Catholics who (like myself) come from a neo-conservative background and later break away from it, how many lock onto a hard-core traditionalist position without considering that it may have problems of it's own? (Not necessarily expecting an answer to that question, just wondering aloud.)