The following is excerpted from an article by one such admirer, Timothy George:
Charles Colson's 'Ecumenism of the Trenches': Recalling the man who helped forge Evangelicals and Catholics Together and the ‘Manhattan Declaration.’ by TIMOTHY GEORGE - NCRegister.com
Over the years, Colson came to see the close connection between despair within the prisons and the “culture of death” in society on the outside. Colson was drawn to the Catholic doctrine of subsidiarity, and he knew that genuine reform had to embrace the family and the community as well as the state.
Today, the Colson Center for Christian Worldview is shaping leaders in every walk of life to become citizens of faith and conscience, ambassadors of good will in Jesus’ name.
At heart, Chuck Colson was an evangelist, and this was why he worked so hard to promote unity among believers in Christ. He took seriously the words of Jesus in his prayer to the heavenly Father for his disciples, “May all of them be one, Father … so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (John 17:21).
In the early 1990s, Colson joined with his close friend, Father Richard John Neuhaus, to begin the project known as Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT). Catholics and evangelicals were, and remain, the two largest faith communities in North America. Increasingly, they found themselves drawn together in what I described at the time as “an ecumenism of the trenches,” especially in defense of the sanctity of life from conception to natural death.
Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/charles-colsons-ecumenism-of-the-trenches/
What is the result of Chuck Colson's compromise with Roman Catholicism?
Well, just read one of the reader comments (from the article above) below:
Posted by Gromit on Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 12:33 PM (EST):
"It is the ecumenism of Chuck Colson that partly motivated me to pursue Catholicism. I am NOT yet a Catholic, but I appreciate the bridges that these men have built between Protestant Evangelicalism and Catholicism—NOT because I think the 'middle ground' is the place to be."
"I do NOT believe a mere compromise will allow people to experience the full riches and graces of the Catholic faith— but if the bridge allows MORE people to 'come home'—then that is all the better, is it not?"
The ecumenism of Chuck Colson partly motivated Gromit to pursue Catholicism. Gromit is pleased that Colson's compromise with Catholicism will allow more people to "come home" to Rome. Should we be admiring Chuck Colson's legacy of ecumenism? I believe the obvious answer is no!