April in Strasbourg, the European Churches signed the Charta Oecumenica. They committed themselves to promote peace and social justice on the European . Jointly issued by the Conference of European Churches and the Roman Catholic Council of European Bishops’ Conferences, the Charta. : Charting Churches in a Changing Europe: Charta Oecumenica and the Process of Ecumenical Encounter (Currents of Encounter 28).

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It is our responsibility before God to put into effect common criteria for distinguishing between what human beings are scientifically and technologically capable of doing and what, ethically speaking, they should not do. Chara plurality of religious and non-confessional beliefs and ways of life has become a feature of European culture. Listening together to God’s word in Holy Scripture, challenged to confess our common faith and to act together in accordance with the oecumenicx truth, let us bear witness to the love and hope which are for all people.

Without common values, unity cannot endure. The Churches want to oecumsnica steps against “Eurocentralism” and to strengthen the responsibility of Europe towards all mankind. In order to deepen ecumenical fellowship, endeavours to reach a consensus in faith must be continued at all cost.

The Charta has no teaching or Church law demands and the Vatican is not committed to it. As churches we intend to join forces in promoting the process of democratisation in Europe. Reconciliation involves promoting social justice within and among oecumenicaa peoples; oecumejica all, this means closing the gap between rich and poor and overcoming unemployment.

This volume examines the role of the Christian churches at various levels of that process. The document has great importance especially for the minority Churches. We are bound up in a unique community with the people Israel, the people of the Covenant which God has never terminated.

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The Charta Oecumenicaa ground-breaking document from the Conference of Churches in Europe and the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences, aimed to oedumenica forth the ecumenical response of the European Christian Churches to the living out of faith in today’s world.


Protection of life has a large role in the Charta, without naming in particular biotechnology or euthanasia. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

oecumeenica Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. We condemn any form of violence against the human person, particularly against women and children. We likewise insist on the reverence for life, the value of marriage and the family, the preferential option for the poor, the readiness to forgive, and in all things compassion. What is catholicity, what happens when there is too strong an emphasis on the national church, and are there models of gradual church communion to which the churches could assent?

Charting Churches in a Changing Europe. Charta Oecumenica and the Process of Ecumenical Encounter

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. There is no alternative to dialogue. Europe – from the Atlantic to the Urals, from the North Cape to the Mediterranean – is today more pluralist in culture than ever before. Building on this basic text, they can formulate their own local addenda, designed to meet their own specific challenges and resulting commitments.

Joint criteria must be worked out for that “which people can scientifically and technologically do, but ethically must not be able to. It is equally important for the whole people of God together to communicate the Gospel in the public domain, which also means responsible commitments to social and political issues. Eastern religions and new religious communities are spreading and also attracting the interest of many Christians.


Together we will do our part towards giving migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers a humane reception in Europe. Currents of Encounter Book 28 Paperback: At the same time, responsibility for the poor throughout the world was emphasised. Many Christians from different churches live side by side and interact in friendships, in their neighbourhoods, at work and in their families.

Rather than seeing our diversity as a gift which enriches us, however, we have allowed differences of opinion on doctrine, ethics and church law to lead to separations between churches, with special historical circumstances and different cultural backgrounds often playing a crucial role.


Charta Oecumenica

They committed themselves to promote peace and social justice on the European continent and to act in the interests of Church unity. We want to take seriously the critical questions of others, and try together to conduct fair discussions with them. We recommend that bilateral and multilateral ecumenical bodies be set up and maintained for co-operation at local, regional, national and international levels. Various charya of shared activity are already ecumenical.

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In the spirit of the Gospel, we must reappraise together the history of the Christian churches, which has been marked by many beneficial experiences but also by schisms, hostilities and even armed conflicts. At the same time, the dialogue with Islam, Judaism and other world religions will be extended.

English Choose a language for shopping. The Churches want to present their ‘vision’ to the political institutions in Europe.

We are convinced that the spiritual heritage of Christianity constitutes an empowering source of inspiration and ofcumenica for Europe. The Churches reject the criticism of the Charta that it is not binding. Read more Read less. Believing in the love of the Creator God, we give thanks for the gift of creation and chart great value and beauty of nature. It is important to acknowledge the spiritual riches of the different Christian traditions, to learn from one another and so to receive these gifts.

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Unity is the prerequisite for peace The Charta states that the unity of the Churches is a prerequisite for peace among oecumnica nations. In his name we intend to continue on our common path in Europe. However, it has no magisterial or dogmatic character, nor is it legally binding under church law. If we are to be faithful to this prayer, we cannot be content with the present situation.