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Thursday, October 27, 2016
New resource in the search for Christian unity
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¬†On the eve of Christian Unity Week, the Catholic bishops of England and Wales have published a major new resource for ecumenical dialogue. 'The Search for Christian Unity, is a popular adaptation of the Holy See's Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism. In his foreword, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor writes: "I wish to wholeheartedly commend this popular version of the Ecumenical Directory. It is my sincere hope that through the study of this document the work of ecumenism will be given new impetus in dioceses and parishes." The Search for Christian Unity is set to be a best-seller in the field; around 4000 copies have already been pre-ordered from dioceses and ecumenical networks in Britain, Ireland and Canada. In making the Directory more accessible, The Search for Christian Unity includes study questions and points for action. It has five chapters: 1. 'The search for Christian unity' makes the Catholic Church's ecumenical commitment very clear. 2. 'Organisation in the Catholic Church at the service of Christian unity' describes how the Church officially structures its search for unity. 3. 'Ecumenical formation in the Catholic Church' deals with the vital issue of learning about ecumenism and forming an ecumenical attitude. 4. 'Communion in life and spiritual activity among the baptised' spells out appropriate ways of sharing in prayer and in both sacramental and non-sacramental worship. 5. 'Ecumenical co-operation, dialogue and common witness' looks at practical details of working, witnessing and sharing in dialogue together. The Search for Christian Unity was approved for publication by the bishops of England and Wales at their November 2001 meeting. To order The Search for Christian Unity, (ISBN: 0 905241 21 5) send a £4 cheque payable to Catholic Media Trust to Catholic Media Office, 39 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1BX or visit their website for more information.
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