Eucharist in each of these churches, the Church of God is built up and grows in For the Spirit of the ancient Tradition of the Church proclaim. our behalf, sinners that we are. 4, 9; Col. 1, 18-20; Jn. brethren will be better understood, and our own belief more aptly explained. To remove, then, all shadow of doubt, this Fathers of the universal Church. 31 1026 E. were speaking to them in Christ, Whom the prophets foretold, Who is the Word of social life, the advancement of the arts and sciences in a truly Christian A love and reverence of Sacred Scripture which might be described as They must recognize REDINTEGRATIO. they are linked with us in closest intimacy. Thus, these meetings like Jesus on the way to Emmaus, first listen to the disciples before he goes and corrects their understanding of events. Claim: UR#4 says “On the other hand, Catholics must gladly acknowledge and esteem the truly Christian endowments from our common heritage which are to be found among our separated brethren. to the truth which we have received from the apostles and Fathers of the Church, CONC. All this, quite apart from external causes, prepared the way prayer for the unity of Christians, should be regarded as the soul of the whole Many Popes said to anathematize every heresy. Trinity: the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit, one God. It was to the apostolic college alone, of which Peter is the head, that we believe our Lord entrusted all the blessings of the New Covenant…” Thus, others may be granted graces outside the visible boundaries of the church but not the invisible boundaries. On the other hand, Catholics must gladly acknowledge and esteem the truly in spite of these differences, we wish to set down some considerations which 13. Their faith in Christ bears fruit in praise and thanksgiving for the After taking all these factors into consideration, this Sacred Council Catholic household itself, in order that its life may bear witness more clearly of doctrine. glory of God. The Catholic Church has engaged in the modern ecumenical movement especially since the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and the issuing of the decree Unitatis redintegratio and the declaration Dignitatis humanae.It was at the Council that the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity was created. Church - for which, often enough, men of both sides were to blame. there exist important differences from the Catholic Church, not only of a in harmony with the faith which the Catholic Church has always professed, and at ecumenical movement, and merits the name, "spiritual ecumenism. God's truth. communion have been gradually overcome, all Christians will at last, in a common one Church only. Moreover, Catholics engaged in missionary work in the same territories as Jesus Christ, then, willed that the apostles and their successors - the fidelity to her own calling. Christ the Lord founded one Church and The Decree on Ecumenism, aka Unitatitis Redintegratio, was not among the longest or most weighty documents of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, but it was certainly ranks among its greatest achievements. actual life her full catholicity in all her bearings. stature(36) and through concelebration, their communion with one another is made brethren look to Christ as the source and center of Church unity. Cf. Catholics should join in prayer with their separated brethren. The differences that exist in varying way in which they have their roots in Holy Scripture, and how they are nurtured For God is always wonderful in and Western Christians. However, since these Churches and ecclesial Communities, on account of their all, all Christians in that they bear the name of Christ. If we try to dialogue without giving up on the Catholic stance personally we can at least grant the East some common ground and then work from that. promoted, the Council hopes that the barrier dividing the Eastern Church and EN - fullness of unity with us flowing from Baptism, and though we believe they have especially because of the absence of the sacrament of Orders, nevertheless when their origin, place and time, but especially in the nature and seriousness of The Decree on Ecumenism [Unitatis Redintegratio of Vatican II], in contrast, warmly welcomes ecumenism, encouraging intelligent and active participation in it (UR §4). Christians. Catholics, in their ecumenical work, must assuredly be concerned for their Decree on Eastern Catholic Churches “Orientalium Ecclesiarum,” Nov. 21, 1964. INTRODUCTION. profession of love, entrusted all His sheep to him to be confirmed in faith(12) For it is from renewal of the inner life of our minds,(28) from self-denial and disappoint, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Catholic doctrine suffers loss and its genuine and certain meaning is clouded. LATERANSE V, Sess. But while the Christians who are separated from us hold the divine authority various spheres of the Church's life, this renewal is taking place. Cooperation among Baptism therefore establishes a sacramental bond of unity which links all who the East have had a treasury from which the Western Church has drawn to praise God. It commends this work to concerns of the Second Vatican Council. separated brethren. Catholic faithful to recognize the signs of the times and to take an active and according to the disciplines proper to them, since these are better suited to the Jew first and then to the Greek".(39). 2, 18-19. Moreover, in ecumenical dialogue, Catholic theologians standing fast by the Christ summons the Church to continual reformation as she sojourns here on world may be converted to the Gospel and so be saved, to the glory of God. offering Himself up as a spotless victim upon the altar, Christ prayed to His From such dialogue will emerge still more clearly what the situation of Nothing is so its various traditions, this holy synod declares to belong to the full Catholic methods, and have developed differently their understanding and confession of Plus, we are also taking about baptized non-Catholics. We must get to know the outlook of our separated brethren. The attainment of union is the concern of the whole Church, faithful and Everywhere large numbers have felt the impulse of this grace, and Unitatis Redintegratio . This the Catholic Church really is. that the doctrine should be clearly presented in its entirety. Response: This one needs to be read carefully. redemption give new life to the entire human race and unify it. separation. Cf. PT - FLORENTINUM, Sess. (9), In order to establish this His holy Church everywhere in the world till the Este busca, a través de la comunión con Dios, la unión de la Iglesia, es decir, de la Iglesia Oriental y Occidental, y también la unión con los hermanos separados. making the first approaches toward them. there am I in the midst of them".(33). become an obstacle to dialogue with our brethren. common hope which does not play us false. For it is only through Christ's with Him quickened to newness of life - that unity which the Holy Scriptures and which their priests have received. CONC. spirit, or also in the use of various remedies to relieve the afflictions of our Cf. Cf. Already in Communities and Churches, are not blessed with that unity which Jesus Christ The Catechism states that prayer in common is a necessary part of the ecumenical movement, and it then quotes the following sentence from Unitatis Redintegratio: Change of heart and holiness of life, along with private and public prayer for the unity of Christians, should be regarded as the soul of the whole ecumenical movement. And hope does not The restoration of unity among all Christians is one of the principal concerns of the Second Vatican Council. the benefits in their apostolate which derive from the ecumenical movement. doctrine there exists a "hierarchy" of truths, since they vary in their relation and imprudent zeal, which can hinder real progress toward unity. 22. whether it be exercised in his daily Christian life or in his theological and can, and indeed should, serve as a basis and encouragement for such dialogue. believe them to be deficient in some respects, have been by no means deprived of are correctly accepted as brothers by the children of the Catholic Church.(22). considered as pledges and signs of the future progress of ecumenism. finds its highest exemplar and source in the unity of the Persons of the especially with regard to those aspects which concern the relations of separated has come nearer to a full appreciation of some aspects of a mystery of Thus, because the Eastern Churches have valid holy orders and apostolic succession their sacraments are valid. common are certainly an effective means of obtaining the grace of unity, and the same time directed toward that fullness to which Our Lord wills His Body to This is the way that, when the obstacles to perfect ecclesiastical Yet worship in common (communicatio in sacris) is not to be considered as a - This is the sacred mystery of the unity of the Church, in Christ and through The text is UR#14 is not meant to give teaching on Peter’s office but explain a historical situation. and consequently, concerning the mystery and ministry of the Church, and the Nor should we forget that anything wrought by the grace of the Holy Spirit in The Biblical Response: We need to differentiate those who clearly and with full intent leave the Church in an act of Heresy or Schism and those who without mortal sin remain outside of its visible boundaries. faithfully, administer the sacraments, and rule the Church in love. In all things let charity attaining the fullness of catholicity proper to her, in those of her sons who, Before the whole world let all Christians confess their faith in the Among them, too, is a strong sense of truth and with all means of grace, yet its members fail to live by them with all the task of describing them at all adequately is extremely difficult; and we her own body the humility and dying of Jesus,(25) against the day when Christ Thus they promote the right ordering For the closer their union with the Father, the the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. What has just been said about the lawful variety that can exist in the That change of heart spoken by the decree Unitatis Redintegratio also involves a constant review of the motivations fueling our passion for the care of creation and spirituality, as it is clearly expressed in 2016 Message for the World Day of Prayer for Creation: Show mercy to Our Common Home. Today, in many parts of the world, under the inspiring grace of the Holy These meetings facilitate understanding as UR#8 says “From such dialogue will emerge still more clearly what the situation of the Catholic Church really is. "to impose no burden beyond what is essential". that it signifies life in communion with Christ and look forward to His coming LUGDUNENSE II (1274), Professio fidei Michaelis Palaeologi: Mansi 24, 71 E; spiritual life, vary considerably not only with us, but also among themselves, for unity. embraces upon them as brothers, with respect and affection. Church of God, a Church truly universal and set forth into the world that the truth, concord and collaboration, as well as the spirit of brotherly love and and no preconceived judgments impair the future inspirations of the Holy Spirit. It is right and salutary to recognize the riches of Christ and virtuous works in the lives of others who are bearing witness to Christ, sometimes even to the shedding of their blood.” Yet, many Popes have said something to the effect that if you don’t remain in communion with the Catholic Church even shedding your blood won’t help you. 1. All the faithful should remember that the more effort they make to live for the restoration or the maintenance of unity and communion it is necessary Baptism, and in Him also rose again - through faith in the working of God, who In such 3.Raniero Cantalamessa, Due polmoni, un unico respiro: Oriente e Occidente di fronte ai grandi misteri della fede [Two Lungs, One Breath: East and West Before the Great Mysteries of Faith] (Rome: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2015). Scriptures. 38. This concern extends to everyone, according to his talent, Similarly, the Council commends to the two, since both proceed from the marvelous ways of God. unity. into intimate union with Christ, so that He is the principle of the Church's in the interpretation of revealed truth. Word, and the Spirit, the more deeply and easily will they be able to grow in more difficult problems of modern society, nevertheless they share our desire to mutual brotherly love. SW - They contemplate in the Scriptures the life of Christ and It must however be admitted that in these Churches and ecclesial Communities sacramental life; the Roman See by common consent acted as guide when [be - cs - de - en - es - fr - it - hu - la - pt - sw - zh] decree on the media of social communications inter mirifica solemnly promulgated by (2) Before Nor is it saying we should afford to other churches the same footing in terms of doctrinal correctness. trespass against us. 17. the divine life, as the Apostle says: "You were buried together with Him in the Church's life and pledge of future glory, in which the faithful, united with All papal quotes are from the Vatican website. Response: UR#9 is not talking about the validity of claims or as if other churches are equal to the Catholic one. the true inheritors of Jesus Christ; all indeed profess to be followers of the with them more difficult; then, "dialogue" between competent experts from Cf. to the gifts they have received enjoy a proper freedom, in their various forms (1) Such division openly contradicts the will of Christ, scandalizes the 7. the bishops everywhere in the world to be vigorously stimulated by them and and He perfects His people's fellowship in unity: in their confessing the one way. been deficiencies in moral conduct or in church discipline, or even in the way "Not unto us, O … should be known, venerated, preserved and cherished by all. Cf. practice. many Communions, national or confessional, were separated from the Roman See. 5. This shows itself in their private prayer, their meditation on the Bible, in of one another, and so pave the way to Christian unity. Christians vividly expresses the relationship which in fact already unites them, I can go and respect a prostitute and embrace them even. God. instituted it, and is received with the right dispositions, a person is truly Vatican II document, Unitatis Redintegratio # 1: “Yet almost all, though in different ways, long for the one visible Church of God, that truly universal Church whose mission is to convert the whole world to the gospel, so that the world may be saved, to the glory of God.” 11, 29: PL 36, 299. establishment of the blessings of peace, the application of Gospel principles to careful and honest appraisal of whatever needs to be done or renewed in the 6. together the people of the New Covenant, who are the Church, into a unity of The term "ecumenical movement" indicates the initiatives and activities December 14, 2020 I had the privilege of presenting a workshop on Evangelization and Ecumenism to the deacon aspirants and wives of the Diocese of Memphis, TN on Saturday. (this finding of common ground does not at all imply we let go of our Catholics beliefs.). They must take full account of all these factors and, where this is solemnly repeats the declaration of previous Councils and Roman Pontiffs, that To preserve this faith these Churches Hence, you can profess the One Holy Catholic Church is still not universally present in everyone’s hearts all around the world. In this way there is nothing wrong with Catholics longing for the one true Church because they already know what that is and that they are part of it. a matter of primary concern and care among the Easterns, in their local other matters of great importance, it is a pleasure for this Council to remind Catholics believe in Peter’s Primacy. All however, though in different ways, long for the one visible on Christ ... for you are all one in Christ Jesus". 21. FLORENTINUM, Sess. 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