Marty has recently been reading Waugh; his excellent work on St Edmund Campion. Things were tough in the days when Campion and others tried to fight against the Great Apostacy of 16th century England.
Things are now, of course, very different. We are, especially in Lent and Easter, good friend with the Anglicans.
I suppose it is important to bear in mind a couple of things:
1. Heresy is a sin because of its nature it is destructive of the virtue of faith.
2. Privation of (the) faith is therefore a great evil.
Not that ecumenical moves are in themselves an evil – indeed – they are an important part of life in these post-conciliar times. But we must also acknowledge that the nominated christian faith, Catholicism, necessarily has pre-eminence and cannot be compromised, nor should Catholics be encouraged to do so.
The following quote of Edmund Campion gave me much pause for thought:
It was not our death that ever we feared. But we knew that we were not lords of our own lives, and therefore for want of answer would not be guilty of our deaths.
In condemning us you condemn all your own ancestors – all the ancient priests, bishops and kings – all that was once the glory of England, the island of saints, and the most devoted child of the See of Peter.
To be condemned with these lights – not of England only, but of the whole world – by their degenerate descendants, is both gladness and glory to us.