Christian unity is very, very important. It was important to Jesus himself, who prayed at the Last Supper that Christians would be united--so we ignore his wish at our peril!
Unfortunately, over the centuries, Christian unity has been broken by heresy and schism.
Former Pope Benedict, in the footsteps of recent popes, worked to restore Christian unity.
The effort to restore full unity among the different groups of Christians in the world is known as "ecumenism." There has been a great deal of work done toward this goal in recent years. Some of it has been good; some of it has been bad.
Pope Benedict gave a speech in which he explained his thoughts on ecumenism.
Let us learn from his wisdom by putting his remarks in a Q & A or "interview" format.
Here's what we'll learn:
1. Why former Pope Benedict thought ecumenism is important.
2. How it relates to the "Year of Faith" he called for in 2012-2013.
3. The dangers we must avoid in ecumenism.
4. Why the issue of authority, including the Magisterium, is so important in ecumenism.
5. Whether we should shy away from controversial issues.
6. What to make of ecumenical documents that haven't been approved by Rome.
7. How the global assault on Christian morality affects ecumenism.
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