The Profession of Faith
“Christ bestowed unity on his Church from the beginning.
This unity, we believe, subsists in the Catholic Church as some-
thing she can never lose, and we hope that it will continue to
increase until the end of time.”
Christ always gives his Church
the gift of unity, but the Church must always pray and work to
maintain, reinforce, and perfect the unity that Christ wills for her.
This is why Jesus himself prayed at the hour of his Passion, and
does not cease praying to his Father, for the unity of his disciples:
“That they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in
you, may they also be one in us, . . . so that the world may know
that you have sent me.”
The desire to recover the unity of all
Christians is a gift of Christ and a call of the Holy Spirit.
Certain things are required in order to respond adequately to this
— a permanent
of the Church in greater fidelity to her vocation;
such renewal is the driving-force of the movement toward unity;
conversion of heart
as the faithful “try to live holier lives according to the
for it is the unfaithfulness of the members to Christ’s gift
which causes divisions;
prayer in common,
because “change of heart and holiness of life, along
with public and private prayer for the unity of Christians, should be
regarded as the soul of the whole ecumenical movement, and merits the
name ‘spiritual ecumenism;’”
fraternal knowledge of each other;
of the faithful and especially of priests;
among theologians and meetings among Christians of the dif-
ferent churches and communities;
among Christians in various areas of service to mankind.
“Human service” is the idiomatic phrase.
4 § 3.
7 § 3.
8 § 1.
4; 9; 11.