Official Statements and Documents - Ecumenical
CATHOLIC DOCUMENTS AND STATEMENTS ON ECUMENICAL RELATIONS (Relations among Christians)
The seminal document that officially and irreversibly committed the Catholic Church to work for unity with and among all Christians.
See especially paragraph 48 on the commitment to ecumenism.
A practical guide for implementing the fruit of the past years of ecumenical dialogue and cooperation in all levels of the life of the Church.
A study document which gathers together what is in the Ecumenical Directory and makes it more explicit. It is addressed to all who have responsibility for theological and pastoral formation to help them ensure that those who in the future will be engaged in pastoral work, and also those who will be theology professors, receive adequate ecumenical formation. In this way they will better be able to respond to what is required by the life of the Church in our day.
A landmark document in ecumenical dialogue, the Joint Declaration is intended to show that the subscribing Lutheran Churches and the Roman Catholic Church are now able to articulate a common understanding of our justification by God’s grace through faith in Christ. The document encompasses a consensus on basic truths of the doctrine of justification and shows that the remaining differences in its explication are no longer the occasion for doctrinal condemnations.
OTHER OFFICIAL TEXTS concerning the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification
The product of consultation between Evangelical Protestant and Roman Catholic theologians, scholars, and religious leaders, this is a non-official statement of the fruits of their mutual discovery concerning areas of theological and pastoral consensus as well as the recognition of differences that remain unresolved.
“Council Clearly Makes Ecumenism Binding as the Work of the Spirit,” A reflection by Cardinal Walter Kasper, President, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
“The Nature and Purposes of Ecumenical Dialogue,” A reflection by Cardinal Walter Kasper, President, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
“Current Problems in Ecumenical Theology,” by Cardinal Walter Kasper, President, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
“Present Situation and Future of the Ecumenical Movement,” by Cardinal Walter Kasper, President, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity