True Catholic Ecumenism


This excerpt is from ***Communionis Notio***, a Curial Letter “On Some Aspects of the Church Understood as Communion” sent by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in 1992 to Bishops around the world. If the sentiment sounds familiar, that’s because this document was quoted from in the recent CDF document Responsa ad quaestiones (and its commentary). You see, the Church has a way of teaching the same thing generation after generation…

Anyway, this excerpt, no. 18 of the letter, is from section five, subtitled “Ecclesial Communion and Ecumenism”. Pay close attention to what I’ve emphasized (with bold – the italics are retained from the original):18. This situation seriously calls for ecumenical commitment on the part of everyone, with a view to achieving full communion in the unity of the Church; that unity “which Christ bestowed on his Church from the beginning. This unity, we believe, subsists in the Catholic Church as something she can never lose, and we hope that it will continue to increase until the end of time” (Unitatis Redintegratio, 4c). In this ecumenical commitment, important priorities are prayer, penance, study, dialogue and collaboration, so that, through a new conversion to the Lord, all may be enabled to recognise the continuity of the Primacy of Peter in his successors, the Bishops of Rome, and to see the Petrine ministry fulfilled, in the manner intended by the Lord, as a worldwide apostolic service, which is present in all the Churches from within, and which, while preserving its substance as a divine institution, can find expression in various ways according to the different circumstances of time and place, as history has shown.[Source: [URL=“”]The Cross Reference]


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