Don Ottenhoff, the Executive Director of the Collegeville Institute offered a lecture entitled, Ecumenism is dead. Long Live Ecumenism! The Abiding Witness of Vatican II’s Decree on Ecumenism through Saint John’s Abbey SUNDAY at the Abbey series.
Vatican II’s influential Decree on Ecumenism bears no less importance for the church today than when it first was issued in 1964. A great deal has changed with the church and society over the intervening years, however, including the waning of the Ecumenical Movement itself. This presentation asks what the decree has to say to us in our new context, some fifty years later. It also sketches out the internal tension between Vatican II’s interest in ecumenism, and its desire that the Roman Catholic Church “take stock of itself and give careful consideration to the signs of the times” (Pope Paul VI), otherwise known as aggiornomento. (Taken from SUNDAY at the Abbey.)
Watch the full lecture: