Unitatis Redintegratio 9

More good things on non-Catholic-Catholic exchanges.

We must get to know the outlook of our separated (brothers and sisters). To achieve this purpose, study is of necessity required, and this must be pursued with a sense of realism and good will. Catholics, who already have a proper grounding, need to acquire a more adequate understanding of the respective doctrines of our separated (brothers and sisters), their history, their spiritual and liturgical life, their religious psychology and general background. Most valuable for this purpose are meetings of the two sides-especially for discussion of theological problems-where each can treat with the other on an equal footing-provided that those who take part in them are truly competent and have the approval of the bishops. From such dialogue will emerge still more clearly what the situation of the Catholic Church really is. In this way too the outlook of our separated (brothers and sisters) will be better understood, and our own belief more aptly explained.

Note that the point of an equal footing discussion is not to set churches and commmunities on an equal footing, but to gain a clearer sense of particular and general situations. In other words: to listen.

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