11E – Ecumenism and Catholic Identity

  1. Ecumenical Movement Around the World

    An exploration of International ecumenical action.

    Praire Centre for Ecumenism calls the churches to visible reconciliation and unity.

    The World Council of Churches works towards unity, common witness and effective service.

    World-wide Faith News is a data base of news releases and other documents, including policy statements, from the news offices of national and world faith groups.

  2. Understanding Ecumenism

    Ecumenisim is a complex reality to explore.

    Adherents.com is a statistics collection about church denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribal and cultural movement of all types. Categorised alphabetically and geographically.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia gives a very full treatment of ecumenism. Sections include:

    1. The Principles of the Church’s Unity
    2. Unity in the Early Church and its Causes
    3. Christendom’s Divisions and the Causes
    4. Reunion Movements in the Past
    5. Reunion Movements in the Present
    6. Conditions of Reunion
    7. Prospects of Reunion.
  3. Applied Ecumenism

    Practical ways of being Ecumenical.

    Taize is an ecumenical community located in Southeast France. This community is famous for its music.

    Interchurch Families aims to strengthen couple’s unity while maintaining an active role in two churches..

    Project Ploughshares promotes disarmament and demilitarisation, the peaceful resolution of political conflict.

  4. Catholic and Ecumenical

    The Catholic Church is committed to Ecumenism. Find out what the Church says and does regarding Ecumenism.

    Encyclical Letter on the Catholic Church’s Commitment to Ecumenism. (Ut Unum Sint)

    Decree on Ecumenism – Unitatis Redintegratio.

    Decree on the Catholic Churches of the Eastern Rite.

    John Paul II summarises the call to Catholics to have an active role in Ecumenism.

    The New Zealand Catholic Bishops talk about Ecumenism.

    Declaration “Dominus Iesus” on the Unicity and salvific universality of Jesus Christ and the Church.

  5. Other Christian Traditions

    Catholics have much in common with other Christian Churches . Find out more about other Christian traditions.

    Some of the major international churches broadly of the same tradition or who hold the same beliefs.

  6. Ecumenism in Aotearoa New Zealand

    The Ecumenical movement in Aotearoa New Zealand is led by the Conference of Churches in Aotearoa New Zealand.

  7. Standing on Common Ground

    Ways in which various Christian communities are looking at what they share and how they can be more united with one another.

    The speech given by John Paul II  when he met  the Greek Orthodox Patriarchs, at an Ecumenical meeting at the Greek-Orthodox Cathedral.

    John Paul apologises for the sins against our Orthodox brothers and sisters.

    The Catholic and Lutheran Churches common statement on the Doctorine of Justification. This follows on from much longer Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.

    Reconciliation between the Roman Catholic Church and the Mennonites.