Catholic – Protestant Dialogue Progress

By Patricia Navas, ZENIT:

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 16, 2009 ( The official dialogue between the Catholic Church and the mainline Protestant Churches — Anglican, Lutheran, Reformed and Methodist — is entering a new phase, says the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Cardinal Walter Kasper pointed this out Thursday during a press conference at the Vatican press office to present a book produced by the council titled "Harvesting the Fruits: Basic Aspects of Christian Faith in Ecumenical Dialogue."

The 207-page book delineates the progress in ecumenical dialogue during the last 40 years, since the end of the Second Vatican Council. The focus of the book, which took two years to complete, and includes the contribution of Protestant theologians, is on dialogue with Protestant churches, since those were the first to establish formal dialogue with the Vatican in the wake of Vatican II.

"With this book, we are at the end of the first stage, which has been full of fruits and, at the same time, we are entering a new phase, which we hope will be fruitful and that the difficult problems that are pending will be resolved," the cardinal said.

Full story: ZENIT – Cardinal Kasper on 40 Years of Dialogue

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