Ecumenism

(Source: aleteia.org)

Reported on June 28, 2012

A gathering in Washington, D.C., last week of some 60 Catholic and Orthodox lay people, priests and bishops had such a family reunion character to it that a couple of conference speakers pointed out how far ecumenical relations have come.

During the 1950s, said Paulist Father Ronald G. Roberson, when Catholic and Orthodox theologians met at Fordham University to lay the groundwork for the dialogue that would unfold the following decade, New York’s Cardinal Francis Spellman insisted that the proceedings be carried out in secret.

“It was that sensitive,” said Father Roberson, associate director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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