Ecumenism: Coming Together, Texas-Style

Ecumenical firsts these days are so common that most of them seem like seconds. Last week, though, one break through made some justifiable headlines. The Texas Council of Churches and the ten dioceses of the state's Catholic Conference joined together to form a new Texas Conference of Churches, which thus became the most representative U.S. body, linking Protestants, Catholics and Eastern Orthodox.

That such a union should occur first in Texas came as a bit of a surprise, considering that John F. Kennedy had to defend his Catholicism before skeptical Protestant ministers in Houston during the 1960 presidential campaign. But...

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