Ecumenical Dialogues

 

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Ongoing Dialogues between the Catholic Church and Other Churches 

Dialogues under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU)

The Pontifical Council aims to develop dialogue and collaboration with the other Churches and World Communions. Since its creation, it has established a cordial cooperation with the World Council of Churches (WCC), based in Geneva.

Since 1965 a Joint Working Group, co-sponsored by the WCC and the PCPCU, has met regularly to discuss issues of common interest and promote cooperation.

From 1968, twelve Catholic theologians have been members of the Faith and Order Commission, the theological department of the WCC.

Similarly, it is the task of the PCPCU to name Catholic observers at various ecumenical gatherings and in its turn to invite observers or “fraternal delegates” of other Churches or ecclesial Communities to major events of the Catholic Church.

At present, the PCPCU is engaged in an international theological dialogue with each of the following Churches and World Communions:

From Pro Unione, another comprehensive list of all dialogues

Multilateral dialogues

  • World Council of Churches
    • WCC 10th General Assembly. Pilgrimage to Busan: An Ecumenical Journey into World ChristianityThis study has 6 stations on the pilgrimage road: 1. Christian Unity; 2. Called to witness; 3. Living with People of Other Faiths; 4. Working for God’s Justice; 5. Praying for Peace; 6. Transformative Spirituality for Discipleship. Downloadable PDF resources for Leaders and Participants.
    • The Church: Toward a Common Vision,” a draft document to be considered by the 10th assembly of the WCC in Busan, South Korea.Here is an excerpt:
      • The unity of the body of Christ consists in the gift of koinonia or communion that God graciously bestows upon us human beings. There is a growing consensus that koinonia, as communion with the Holy Trinity, is manifested in three interrelated ways: unity in faith, unity in sacramental life, and unity in service (in all its forms, including ministry and mission). The liturgy, especially the celebration of the eucharist, serves as a dynamic paradigm for what such koinonia looks like in the present age. In the liturgy, the people of God experience communion with God and fellowship with Christians of all times and places…. Strengthened and nourished by the liturgy, the Church must continue the life-giving mission of Christ in prophetic and compassionate ministry to the world and in struggle against every form of injustice and oppression, mistrust and conflict, created by human beings. (Church, 2012, #67)
  • Baptism the focus of trilateral dialogue by Mennonites, Catholics and Lutherans, 7 January 2013.