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Unitatis Redintegratio 24

With this post, we come to the conclusion of the decree on ecumenism. Now that we have briefly set out the conditions for ecumenical action and the principles by which it is to be directed, we look with confidence to the … Continue reading

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Unitatis Redintegratio 23

Unitatis Redintegratio 23 details other important stepping stones aside from the three we’ve covered in the last few posts, especially prayer and worship: The daily Christian life of these (sisters and brothers) is nourished by their faith in Christ and strengthened by … Continue reading

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Unitatis Redintegratio 22

The third cause for hope is in Baptism, the commencement of the sacramental life: Whenever the Sacrament of Baptism is duly administered as Our Lord instituted it, and is received with the right dispositions, a person is truly incorporated into the … Continue reading

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Unitatis Redintegratio 21

The Bible also gave the council bishops hope, despite differences in how Christians see the relationship between the inspired Word of God and the Church: A love and reverence of Sacred Scripture which might be described as devotion, leads our (brothers … Continue reading

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Unitatis Redintegratio 20

Protestant and Catholic common focus on Christ is enough to give rise to hope: Our thoughts turn first to those Christians who make open confession of Jesus Christ as God and Lord and as the sole Mediator between God and (humankind), … Continue reading

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Unitatis Redintegratio 19

So now we come to Vatican II’s consideration of “Separated Churches and Ecclesial Communities in the West,” subheading II of Chapter III. First another brief history lesson: In the great upheaval which began in the West toward the end of … Continue reading

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Unitatis Redintegratio 18

Taking a break from our discussion on discernment, we read in UR 18 the council’s final thoughts on East-West ecumenism: After taking all these factors into consideration, this Sacred Council solemnly repeats the declaration of previous Councils and Roman Pontiffs, … Continue reading

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