Continuing a series of posts calling attention to selected resources featured in Appendix 1, "Resources for Ecumenical Engagement," in Ecumenism Means You, Too: Ordinary Christians and the Quest for Christian Unity (Cascade Books, 2010):
Walter Cardinal Kasper's essay on "The Nature and Purpose of Ecumenical Dialogue," available online on the Vatican web site for the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, is a helpful introduction to the nature and purpose of ecumenical dialogue in Roman Catholic perspective from the recently retired president of the PCPCU. Cardinal Kasper offers a candid overview of the evolution of the Catholic stance toward the modern ecumenical movement from outright opposition at its beginning to irrevocable commitment to it at the Second Vatican Council and thereafter.
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