A Church in Dialogue – Catholic Ecumenical Commitment

Monday, August 18 2014

A Church in Dialogue(CCCB – Ottawa)… To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio (1964-2014), the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), through its Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews and Interfaith Dialogue, has published a new popular resource, A Church in Dialogue, Catholic Ecumenical Commitment. This new CCCB resource is intended for parishes, colleges and high schools as well as discussion groups. It provides introductory information about the Catholic Church’s commitment to and involvement in ecumenism since the Second Vatican Council. The resource defines key terms and definitions which will assist those exploring ecumenism for the first time.

Printed copies of “A Church in Dialogue, Catholic Ecumenical Commitment” are available for purchase from CCCB Publications at 1-800-769-1147 or online at www.cccbpublications.ca

The CCCB, through its Commission, sponsors ecumenical dialogues with the Orthodox Churches, the Anglican Church of Canada, the Lutheran Church-Canada, the United Church of Canada, the Polish National Catholic Church, and the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. The Conference also participates as a full member in the Canadian Council of Churches and helps supports the work of the Canadian Center for Ecumenism.

Two of the ecumenical dialogues are co-sponsored by the CCCB and extend beyond Canada to all North America: the North American Orthodox – Catholic Theological Consultation, and the Polish National Catholic Church – Roman Catholic dialogue. Both were originally intended only for the USA but, at the invitation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the CCCB has also been involved for some years.

Reflecting on the past 50 years of ecumenical dialogue by the Bishops of Canada, the Commission notes: “We have grown greatly in our mutual understanding of one another. In some cases we have discovered that due to misunderstandings and polemics in the past, we had misjudged one another. We have uncovered surprising levels of common understanding and convergence in faith.”

The CCCB will later release another resource in the coming weeks to celebrate the Council’s Decree on Ecumenism. This second document is a more extensive and in- depth presentation of the Catholic Church’s commitment to ecumenical dialogue. It is an academic text intended primarily for clergy and academics as well as those involved in and familiar with ecumenical work. This more extensive document will be made available on the CCCB website as a PDF resource which can be downloaded and printed without charge.

PDF Version of A Church in Dialogue, Catholic Ecumenical Commitment