Working Together Archive
Although the Roman Catholic Church does not belong to the World Council of Churches
itself, it is actively engaged in extensive discussion and
collaboration with other churches and communions which belong to it.
Indeed it is a full, active member and partner with the World Council
members of the Commission on Faith and Order.
In the past, diversity was understood more as something to be overcome
rather than a main component of the engine towards unity. Nowadays,
church leaders and ecumenical experts have been considering how we live
in society and in the Church with the pluralism and diversity of modern
times. Unity does not need to mean uniformity. Indeed unity, to embrace
all, needs richness and variety.
The Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism
4 says that ecumenism is all “the initiatives and activities encouraged
and organised according to various needs of the Church and as
opportunities offer to promote church unity.” Our source of unity is
“Jesus Christ … the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews
13:8), Jesus in the power of the cross and the mystery of the
resurrection, who unites us as one.
A short piece on why Christian Unity's important to Catholics?