Catholics join new ecumenical movement

Christian Churches Together
The U.S. Catholic bishops have given a key blessing to a groundbreaking effort to bring Catholics, evangelical and mainline Protestants and the Orthodox around a common table for the first time.

The bishops voted 151-73 at their fall meeting last month in Washington, D.C., to become full partners in Christian Churches Together in the USA, an ecumenical effort that began three years ago to allow most branches of American Christianity to “build bridges” and eventually speak with a common voice on selected issues.

Organizers hope to have the new organization off the ground by the spring once member churches from each of five “families”—Catholic, evangelical/Pentecostal, historic (mainline) Protestant, black and Hispanic, and Orthodox—sign on. Some church bodies have already done so.

 

This article is available to subscribers only. Please subscribe for full access—subscriptions begin at $2.95. Already have an online account? Log in now. Already a print subscriber? Create an online account for no additional cost.

This article is available to subscribers only.

To post a comment, log inregister, or use the Facebook comment box.