Den samme biskopen i North Carolina som er svært åpen for at den tradisjonelle latinske messen kan feires i bispedømmet, er også svært åpen for økumenikk. Rent konkret hadde hadde i starten av desember et møte med lutherske biskoper, der de undertegnet en samarbeidsavtale. I en pressemelding fra bispedømmet kan vi lese:
The covenant was created with the purpose of bonding Catholics and Lutherans in North Carolina in the spirit of ecumenism and cooperation. Then-Bishop John F. Donoghue of Charlotte, then-Bishop F. Joseph Gossman of Raleigh and Lutheran Bishop Michael McDaniel first signed the covenant on Pentecost Sunday, 1991.
At the time, the covenant was the third agreement of its kind in the United States between church officials on the diocesan/synodical level. The covenant’s foundation rests on the shared Gospel beliefs that the Lord desires unity for his followers; that “we all may be one,” as stated in the document.
It outlined 16 objectives designed to encourage closer dialogue, cooperative ecumenical efforts and ministries between Lutherans and Catholics at the local and diocesan/synodical levels.
These objectives include praying for each other; praying together in joint services on the diocesan/ synodical and local levels; observing together such occasions as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan. 18-25), which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2008; the World Day of Prayer; and Lenten devotions.
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