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We have considered the two schemata adopted by the Vatican Council: The Constitution on the Liturgy andThe Decree on the Communications Media. There remain fifteen additional schemata which have either been discussed or await treatment, but which have not yet been officially adopted. These schemata contain material, the adoption or rejection of which will have a marked effect on the Romish Church not only, but also upon the ecumenical movement of our day. The Rev. H.

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ECUMENISM  In the last article, I did not conclude the treatment of the fifth schema, Ecumenism. I quoted a summary of the fourth of five chapters: The Relations of the Catholics to the Jews. There is considerable opposition to this chapter, though there is evidently nothing in it which conflicts with other Romish doctrine. The opposition probably arises because the Romish churches in Arab lands fear reprisal if Rome takes any favorable stand regarding Jews. A brief commentary on this chapter is presented by Father Gregory Baum:

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It was in January of 1963 that a bishop in the Anglican Church of England by the name of John A.T. Robinson published a book under the title “Honest to God,” It was a small book, and expectations were that it would receive but a small circulation, mostly among the clergy and serious students of theology. There was something about this book, however, which immediately struck the attention of the public, and its sales soon soared into the tens of thousands.

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Concerning the Reformation Rally, held October 27, 1965, in the Civic Auditorium of Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Mission Committee of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America has asked us to write a brief article and place it in The Standard Bearer. It is especially written for the information of those who were not privileged to attend this outstanding event. 

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The Fifth General Assembly of the Presbyterian J Church in America, meeting in the auditorium of the First Baptist (that’s right folks, Baptist) Church of Smyrna, Georgia, was called to order by retiring moderator William A. McIlwaine on the evening of September 12, 1977. The Baptist facility was used because there is no PCA building in the Greater Atlanta area, nor in many other areas for that matter, large enough to handle the 600 plus commissioners who would eventually come together for this meeting. 

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*We print here an abbreviated version of the annual report. May 2, 2011 The Board welcomes all of you to this annual meeting and thanks you for the support you show by your attendance this evening. The Lord in His infinite knowledge and plan has given us the privilege of educating all the covenant children that He has given us. We as a Board are privilegedto work for the children with special needs whom God in His wisdom has given us. We need your help, your prayers, and your financial support, but also we need you to advocate for this great cause....

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By the time this report is printed, most of the readers will have heard something about the Second General Assembly of the National Presbyterian Church. At the very least, they will most likely know that we are no longer the NPC, but have become the Presbyterian Church in America. Therefore, the purpose of this effort will be to consider some of the decisions made by the Assembly from a point of view that is very similar to that held by most of the readers of theStandard Bearer.

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If one would attempt to capture the predominate mood of this year’s Synod in one short phrase, one would most likely conclude that the appropriate phrase would be that Synod labored in a profound sense of thankfulness to our covenant God for the many blessings He has given. This consciousness of God’s faithfulness was especially impressed upon the delegates by the sharp contrast between the work before our Synod and the nature of the work facing many other higher ecclesiastical assemblies in other denominations.

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Those who read the report of the Second Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America, published in this paper last October, will remember that the spirit of that report was very critical. At that time, there were strong doubts whether the PCA would amount to anything even remotely resembling a Reformed and Presbyterian Church. Happily, there is cause for guarded optimism in the wake of this year’s Assembly. Certainly, it is not yet time to be at ease in Zion, but the outlook is generally brighter than some of us would have dared to predict a year ago. 

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