Cardinal Walter Kasper has suggested the drawing up of an ecumenical catechism at an international ecumenical symposium titled Harvesting the Fruits.

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In opening remarks to the participants at an international ecumenical symposium on Monday, the President of the Vaticans Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Walter Kasper suggested the drawing up of an ecumenical catechism. the three day meeting brings together over 30 leading theologians from the Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican, Methodist and Reformed Churches to discuss the future of the ecumenical movement.

Cardinal Walter Kasper Harvesting the Fruits

This could be a clear answer to opinions that are spreading, at times also in the Roman Curia, or to the unjustified accusation that ecumenism with the Protestant authorities had not harvested fruit to date and has left us with empty hands

In October 2009, Cardinal Kasper presented a book produced by the council titled Harvesting the Fruits: Basic Aspects of Christian Faith in Ecumenical Dialogue.

The 207-page book delineates the progress in ecumenical dialogue during the last 40 years, since the end of the Second Vatican Council. The focus of the book, which took two years to complete, and includes the contribution of Protestant theologians, is on dialogue with Protestant churches, since those were the first to establish formal dialogue with the Vatican in the wake of Vatican II.

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