- Catholic ecumenism is not eclecticism. Rather, it is a concept which requires us to examine our own faith so as to find respect and appreciation for what is common between our faith and the faith of others. It is the duty of every Maronite to conduct this examination through study of the history of the Church as well as the tenets of faith described through the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
- “The Church founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ is a Church of men and women seeking his kingdom while encountering human strengths and weaknesses of the human condition. Mutual respect is a pre-requisite for authentic ecumenism and…the Petrine Office is a ministry which is carried out in the field of ecumenism…” Crossing the Threshold of Hope, Pope John Paul II.
B. Purpose and Goals
- The Office of Inter-Faith and Ecumenical Affairs of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon is established to develop within the hearts of the faithful an ecumenical spirit as was found within our traditional Maronite Fathers. The Office of Inter-Faith and Ecumenical Affairs will endeavor to:
- Assist the Eparchial Bishop in his efforts to foster a greater understanding among peoples─first among Christians and then among all people of good will;
- Increase the knowledge about the Eastern Catholic Churches and will work to dispel ignorance concerning them;
- Work to acquaint all people with the Spiritual, Liturgical, and Cultural traditions of the Maronite Church;
- Foster good will among Christians, Moslems, and Jews by virtue of the fact the Middle Eastern origins of the Maronite Church are part of a mosaic of religious and cultural diversities within that area;
- Make available to the clergy, religious and laity of the Eparchy information regarding inter-faith and ecumenical efforts and initiatives made by the Holy See and our Maronite Patriarchate.
- Be actively involved with the continuing dialogue and efforts initiated by the Roman Pontiff, the Maronite Patriarch, and the Eparchial Bishop in terms of ecumenical affairs.