THE ECUMENICAL IMPERATIVE AND FORMATION OF ECUMENICAL CONSCIOUSNESS AMONG PASTORAL WORKERS
A Case Study of Receiving the Spirit of Unitatis Redintegratio in Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province of Nigeria after 45 Years
The idea of the Church as the instrument of unity had existed before Second Vatican Council; but the Council made the search for unity explicitly an imperative. From the Second Vatican Council emerged a more emphatic vision of the mission of the Church to the world in which ecumenism is no longer an option but an imperative. From the time of the Council onward, every Christian should positively respond to Gods question to Cain: “Where is your brother?” (Gen. 4: 9). The ecumenical imperative is primarily the responsibility of pastoral workers. The book surveys in epochs the historical changes that has occurred in the Church up to Vatican II; reviews reception along the ages of the Church pointing to the uniqueness of Vatican II; and gives through biblical exegesis of conversion a fresh understanding that will help pastoral workers to be ever conscious and ready to serve as Churchs instrument of unity wherever they are. This book re-awakens the spirit of the Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis Redintegratio), offering it to be properly received by all who pray with Christ for unity (Jn 17:21). It proposes pastoral suggestions on the practice of Ecumenism.
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