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Cardinal: ecumenism did not begin with Vatican II

October 23, 2013

Writing in L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Walter Kasper emphasized that while “institutional ecumenism” may have begun with the Second Vatican Council, “spiritual ecumenism” did not.

The prelate, now 80, served as president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity from 2001 to 2010.

“It was the saints who took the initiative and commenced” spiritual ecumenism, the prelate said, citing the examples of St. Vincent Pallotti (1795-1850), Blessed Antonio Rosmini-Serbati (1797-1855), and St. Leopold Mandic (1866-1942).


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