Ecumenism: Getting Over the Fear

Far back in ecumenical history, in February 1965, the World Council of Churches and the Vatican cautiously decided to form a joint "working group" to study the possibilities of dialogue and collaboration. A beaming Willem Visser 't Hooft, then general secretary of the W.C.C., called it one of the "most historic events since the Reformation." Since then, discussions between the W.C.C., which represents 223 Protestant and Orthodox churches, and the Vatican have become commonplace; in fact, relations with the Roman Catholic Church was the major topic at the twelve-day meeting of the central committee of the W.C.C. that came...

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