The Journey to Christian Unity:
A personal RC perpective
“The Journey to Christian Unity: a personal RC Perspective” was compiled by Margaret Leadox, a religious sister belonging to the Congregation “Salesian Sisters of St.John Bosco.” She is involved with Churches Together in “Battersea Riverside” in South London and also works as a member of the RC Southwark Diocese Unity Commission.
It is a personal discussion paper and is not a position paper of the either the Roman Catholic Church or Churches Together in England. It is provided as a contribution to the ecyumenical journey for further discussion and reflection in Churches Together groups.
Sister Margaret writes: 'This text began a few years ago, as personal notes I used when addressing a small group of people from my parish – trying to give them a simple historical background to the concept of ecumenism and hoping to arouse some interest in working for Christian Unity. With the help of further research, my notes gradually developed to this present format in the following five topics:
1 Jesus’ desire that his followers should be ONE, and then the efforts of the early Christian Church to stay as ONE.
2 The increasing number of differences of opinion and divisions over the centuries.
3 Emerging ecumenism.
4 Struggles to break down prejudice – joined by the commitment made at Vatican II.
5 The ecumenical situation today, and how the Holy Spirit is gradually leading us to the unity Jesus wants.
Hopefully this text will prove instructive not only for Catholics but also for Christians from other traditions, and be of help in bringing about a better mutual understanding'.
This paper is provided for further study and reflection. Contact the web manager for further information or for contact with Margaret leadox if any amendment/follow up is requested.
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