Interesting interchange last night here at Wheaton between Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, and Francis Beckwith, philosophy prof at Baylor and former ETS president who became a Roman Catholic in the middle of his presidency a few years ago. The issue was whether one can be an evangelical and a Catholic.
The most helpful point for me personally was Timothy George's distinction during the Q&A between an 'ecumenism of accommodation' and an 'ecumenism of conviction.' The former is bad, the latter good; the former compromises, the latter unites around shared belief. Helpful. It is easy to have a bent either completely toward or completely against 'ecumenism'; but what kind of ecumenism are we talking about?