I have sympathy with Fr Michael Seed who writes in this weeks Catholic Herald:
....The 100th Week of Prayer for Christian Unity ends today. The week was established in 1908 by the founder of my order, the Rev Paul Wattson (an Anglican who became a Catholic a year later). It worked pretty well for the first 60 years, but over the last 40 years it has become ever more complex and problematic. We often say: “Oh, it’s the turn of the Methodists this year” or “It’s the turn of the Anglicans.” It’s their turn to organise “the thing”, whatever the thing is. The week now is an exercise in “forced ecumenism”. It’s dominated by thousands of ecumaniacs. These are people in the grip of a terrible disease called ecumania. There is no cure at the moment. The disease leads to a living death, and it is a very painful one. The week needs to be totally rethought. The emphasis of the next 100 years, I hope, will be on prayer and a deep spirituality.
The greatest joy I had in 2007 was when I was invited to address an
ecumenical clergy meeting in a certain London borough. At the end of my address,
they decided to abolish their pointless meetings. They wanted to wait upon the
Holy Spirit to guide them to a new level of ecumenical life. I suspect that when
they went back and told their congregations the meetings were over there were a
few scarcely suppressed cheers from the pews.
I hate the tedium of these events. Here in Brighton the main thrust of ecumenism seems to be high Anglican vicars who want to prove they are Catholics. A recent converation went as follows, "... well of course we have parishes that are more or less staffed entirely by former Roman clergy". I am afraid that replied, "I would take that seriously if these men woke up one morning and decided they simply couldn't accept the claims of the Catholic Church but instead those who leave the Church tend to do so not because of any theological urge by rather an urge of the loins".