“Ecumenism A Sign of The Times”

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ROME, FEB. 23, 2006 (Zenit.org)– In an age characterized by globalization, ecumenism is also “a response to the signs of the times,” says Cardinal Walter Kasper.

The president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity made that point during a lecture Wednesday at the Regina Apostolorum university, as part of the school’s master’s program in Church, Ecumenism and Religions.

The cardinal said that, thanks to the new means of communications, peoples are now closer and “like it or not, in the same boat.”

Separated Christians, noted Cardinal Kasper, “in general no longer consider themselves foreign” or “in competition.”

Rather, they see themselves as “brothers and sisters”; they have realized that “what unites them is much greater than what divides them,” he said.

Cardinal Kasper went on to mention, however, that after a “certain euphoria, as a consequence of the Second Vatican Council, in the last decade there have been signs of exhaustion, disillusion and stagnation” in the ecumenical movement.

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