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Pope Benedict XVI stressed his commitment to bringing Christian churches closer together during a meeting with a delegation of Presbyterian and Congregational church leaders at the Vatican. The pontiff made the point that the meeting with the World Alliance of Reformed Churches came on the 40th anniversary of the "Unitatis Redintegratio" papal decree committing the Catholic Church to dialogue with other churches to overcome "the tragic divisions which arose among Christians in the 16th century", according to a statement released by the Vatican. The pope said he intended to pursue the strategy of his predecessor John Paul II who stipulated that "purification of memory" and "inner conversion is the prerequisite for all ecumenical progress".
"Dear friends, I pray that our meeting today will itself bear fruit in a renewed commitment to work for the unity of all Christians. The way before us calls for wisdom, humility, patient study and exchange," Benedict XVI said.
Well I am all about Christian unity as long as major theological points are sacrificed. I want a "good peace" but not at the expense of theological truth. Happily, I don't believe B XVI will allow that (especially based on the title of his last book, Truth and Tolerance , which I've got to read soon....it's in the pile). But any dialogue is good, and hopefully it will lead us closer to fulfilling Jesus' prayer that "all may be one."