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Ecumenism - Ecumenical Movement

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Author(s): August B. Hasler
Part of Ecumenism: 1. Ecumenical Movement 2. Movements for Church Union 3. Catholic Ecumenism 4. Ecumenical Theology 5. Christian-Jewish Dialogue 6. Christian Denominations The term “ecumenical” comes from the Greek οικουμένη which means the inhabited earth (cf. Acts 17:7; Mt 24:14; Heb 2:5). In traditional Catholic usage it refers to a general Council of the whole Church. But its chief use today is to designate efforts on behalf of the unity of Christians. The “movement” in question means here the whole development o…