Have you seen this HuffPost story? Cardinal O’Malley recently invited a female Methodist minister to bless him with water in remembrance of baptism at an ecumenical service.
Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley surprised many people when he asked Rev. Robertson, a pastor in the United Methodist Church, to anoint his forehead with consecrated water in an ecumenical baptism reaffirmation ritual … The spontaneous and genuine gesture moved Robertson almost to tears. She told The Huffington Post that she is “grateful for those times when people can see across the divide and see our common humanity– and in this case our common faith.”
Read the whole write-up here.
This is good news ecumenically. And utterly unobjectionable from the standpoint of Catholic teaching and liturgical legislation. It’s unfortunate that the explosive term “anoint” is employed, a word which Catholics use in connection with several of the seven sacraments. As long as we all understand that the term is being used in a different sense here, there is no problem and the heresy hunters can call off their dogs.