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date: 22 July 2019

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The chapter begins by affirming the ‘irrevocable’ commitment of the Catholic Church to the ecumenical movement, noting that such a commitment represents a substantial change from the Catholic Church’s initial estimation and response. It then explains the initially negative reaction, gives an account of the factors leading up to the transformation in attitude, and documents by means of official teachings the positive reassessment and enthusiastic step that took place at the time of the Second Vatican Council, especially by means of the council’s decree on ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio. A final section summarizes some of the more important Catholic contributions to the ecumenical movement and identifies some particular gifts that the Catholic Church may be said to have received and to have offered in the course of its participation.

Keywords: Catholic Church, ecumenical movement, ecumenism, Second Vatican Council, gifts, Unitatis Redintegratio

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