The Decree on Ecumenism

The Decree on Ecumenism was approved on Nov. 21, 1964, by a vote of 2,137 to 11. This document represented a significant move forward for the Church. In it, the Council Fathers called for restoration of ties with our separated sisters and brothers, rather than a return to Rome. The document also admitted blame for this separation on both sides, and called for a change of heart to make ecumenism possible. The document encouraged dialogue and called upon the Roman Church to reform itself as part of the process of reunion. Obviously, the long-term impact of this decree on the life of the Church cannot be underestimated.