Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cardinal Suggests a Shared "Ecumenical Catechism" in Effort to Quicken Catholic-Protestant Unity

A Vatican official has floated the idea of a shared "ecumenical catechism" as one of the potential fruits of 40 years of dialogue among Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, and members of the Reformed churches, the Catholic News website reports today.

"We have affirmed our common foundation in Jesus Christ and the Holy Trinity as expressed in our common creed and in the doctrine of the first ecumenical councils," Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, told representatives of the churches.

Opening a three-day symposium at the Vatican to brainstorm on the future of ecumenism, Cardinal Kasper said it is essential "to keep alive the memory of our achievements" in dialogue, educate the faithful about how much has been accomplished, and prepare a new generation to carry on the work.

He also called for "a people-centered ecumenism" that would support and give new energy to the theological dialogues.

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