ANGLICANS: CARD. KASPER, "THERE IS NO NEW ECUMENISM"

The Apostolic Constitution which welcomes those Anglicans who want to join the Catholic Church preserving the elements of their liturgical and spiritual tradition cannot at all be considered as "a new ecumenism as one has read in the last weeks in some newspapers, also in newspapers which should know things better". The declaration was made by card. Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity at the Symposium held in Rome on Cardinal Willebrands. For the first time this afternoon, the Cardinal spoke in public about the Apostolic Constitution "Anglicanorum Coetibus". The cardinal referred to the Decree on Ecumenism (no.4), which "clearly distinguishes between conversion of individual persons or groups of persons on the one hand and, on the other, ecumenism as dialogue with the other Churches with the goal of full communion". "I repeat: There is no new ecumenism and not the end of the old", continued the cardinal who said individual or corporative conversions and ecumenical dialogue should "be undertaken in the greatest possible transparency, tactfulness and mutual esteem in order not to entail meaningless tensions with our ecumenical partners". (continued) ” ” ” ” ” “

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