Schisms are not just an unintelligible annoyance but also a failure to answer religion's own call, a call that stems from Jesus Christ, to reconciliation and unity. Plurality must not prevent us from understanding ourselves as the one Church.
The Christian creed has been handed down in a variety of historical communities, each with a specific way of practising theology, receiving the sacraments and living spiritually. How to achieve unification of the Christian denominations – without abandoning the valuable inspirations of the identities that have developed and the wealth of these embodiments of Christianity – remains a key challenge for the future of Christianity.
We accept the challenge of ecumenism and strive to contribute to it.