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Harvesting the Fruits: Basic Aspects of Christian Faith in Ecumenical Dialogue

Harvesting the Fruits: Basic Aspects of Christian Faith in Ecumenical Dialogue
Kasper, Walter Cardinal
Continuum, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4411-6272-4

The Second Vatican Council in its Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis redintegratio) declared the restoration of unity among Christians to be one of its principal concerns. Division among the Churches scandalises the world, and damages that most holy cause, the preaching of The Gospel to every creature. A key figure in the Roman Catholic Church to have worked tirelessly at these aims is Cardinal Walter Kasper, one of the most appealing, progressive and open members of the Vatican hierarchy. In this new book Cardinal Kasper summarises the results of his intense dialogues with Anglican, Orthodox, Lutheran, Reformed and Methodist Churches and sets out a blue print for 'consensus and convergence' and sets out a map for the way forward. From such a source, this document is therefore of crucial importance. The book focuses on the major issues in ecumenical dialogue - Jesus Christ, The Holy Trinity, Justification, The Church and The Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist. With pellucid clarity, this book explains the key issues at stake and offers signposts for the way forward so that the wish of Jesus may be fulfilled: That They May All Be One.

Cardinal Walter Kasper is President of The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. A German by birth, he spends much time lecturing and giving conferences in the English speaking world. He is the author of Jesus the Christ (Burns&Oates/Crossroad). This book is produced by Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity - The Vatican Secretariat.

From the Vatican Information Service, October 15, 2009:
Cardinal Walter Kasper ... presented a new book on ecumenism at a press conference held this morning in the Holy See Press Office. ...
"This book", the cardinal explained, "is the result of two years of intense efforts I undertook with officials of my pontifical council, in collaboration with our consultors and ecumenical partners. ... In the work we analyse the main Protestant communities, which were the first to establish ties with us following Vatican Council II", and examine the current situation, "with an eye both to the past and to the future".
During the presentation, Cardinal Kasper announced a symposium, due to be held in February 2010, which, taking the text of this book as its starting point, will discuss the future of Western ecumenism.