The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) has played a significant role in helping bishops educated in a dated “theology of exclusion” to move towards a genuine “ecumenical commitment”. This was one of the remarks made by a leading Vatican figure at a press conference held at an international conference on world Christianity.
On Saturday 5 June 2010, the 50th anniversary of the formation of what is now the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU), Bishop Brain Farrell, who has served as its secretary for the last eight years, spoke at a press conference alongside Rev. Dr Geoff Tunnicliffe of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) and Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit of the World Council of Churches (WCC).
They addressed the topic “Christian unity today” in a morning press conference at the Edinburgh 2010 Conference. The gathering commemorates the hundredth anniversary of the landmark 1910 World Mission Conference which took place in the same city. Some 300 delegates from over 60 countries and virtually all Christian traditions are attending the event.
Referring to the PCPCU 50th anniversary, Farrell explained that the body that was its predecessor was created by Pope John XXIII to facilitate the participation of observers from other Christian bodies, representatives of the so-called “separated brethren”, in the life of Second Vatican Council. (Read on…)