The presentation by Bishop Bolen was based on Harvesting the Fruits: Basic Aspects of Christian Faith in Ecumenical Dialogue, by Cardinal Walter Kasper, former President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Bishop Bolen explained that the 2009 book outlines points of convergence and consensus from the past four decades of ecumenical dialogue, as well as the remaining ecumenical challenges. According to Bishop Bolen, Catholics should gladly acknowledge and esteem the common Christian values that can be found in the heritage that is common among various Christian denominations. “Nor should we forget that anything wrought by the grace of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of our separated brethren can be a help to our own edification,” he said. “Whatever is truly Christian is never contrary to what genuinely belongs to the faith. Indeed, it can always bring a deeper realization of the mystery of Christ and the Christian Church.” He explained that ecumenism should advance the communion that already partially exists among Christians, in order to arrive at full communion, in truth and charity, which finds its complete expression in Eucharistic communion.
Following their buzz sessions on the presentation, the Bishops indicated their desire to pursue and extend ecumenical dialogue. Bishop
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the dialogue between the Anglican Church of Canada and the Catholic Church in
About 75 Bishops from across the country are participating in the Plenary Assembly, which is reviewing pastoral activities of the past year and also provides a forum for them to share their experiences and insights on the life of the Church and on the major events that shape society.
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