Communion as the Basis for Ecumenism

The starting point for ecumenism, the search for full visible unity among Christians, is the communion that we already share.

The ecumenical task is to deepen a communion that already exists in varying degrees among the Churches and to arrive at full communion with each other.

We are not beginning the search for unity from a baseline of zero.

As a first step along the way to full communion it is good to acknowledge what we already share in common in the Church which all Christians profess as "one, holy catholic and apostolic".

Christ calls all people into union with him through the Holy Spirit into communion with the life of the Trinity and each other.

Copyright © Anthony Gooley. Catholic Leader