Religion: Geneva to Rome

Even before Blake suggested that Protestantism should consider the impact of Roman Catholic renewal on the ecumenical movement, the World Council of Churches was acting on the need. At the end of its annual meeting last week in Enugu, Nigeria, the council's 100-man Central Committee voted to establish with the Vatican a joint working committee to discover areas of interfaith cooperation.

Justification for the historic step came from Swiss Reformed Theologian Lukas Vischer, 34, in a report on the third session of the Vatican Council. Vischer, a World Council observer at Vatican II since...