Sunday, April 15, 2012

Angelicum professor appointed consultor for the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

Angelicum Associate Professor for Sacraments & Ecclesiology in the Faculty of Theology and Vice-Dean of the same faculty, Fr. Robert Christian OP, has been appointed by the Holy Father as Consultor for the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity for five years.

The Council exercises a double role. First of all, it is entrusted with the promotion, within the Catholic Church, of an authentic ecumenical spirit according to the conciliar decree Unitatis redintegratio; it was for this purpose that an Ecumenical Directory was published in 1967-1970 and a revised edition issued in 1993 entitled "Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism". The Council carries out this task in liaison with the various departments of the Roman Curia, whose competence includes areas that can contribute similarly to the task of dialogue of the Catholic Church and should be put to the service of its relationships with all the Churches and ecclesial Communities.

At the same time, the Pontifical Council also aims to develop dialogue and collaboration with the other Churches and World Communions. Since its creation, it has also established a cordial cooperation with the World Council of Churches (WCC), whose headquarters are in Geneva. From 1968, twelve Catholic theologians have been members of the "Faith and Order" Commission, the theological department of the WCC.
Similarly, it is the task of the PCPCU to name Catholic observers at various ecumenical gatherings and in its turn to invite observers or "fraternal delegates" of other Churches or ecclesial Communities to major events of the Catholic Church.