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The Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism had several important things to say to the Catholic community. However, the most important things about the decree were that it was written, it was overwhelmingly approved and it called for dialogue among separated Christians.
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For the French Dominican theologian Yves Congar, the presentation of a schema on ecumenism on the floor of the Second Vatican Council must have seemed like a dream, one too good to be true.
On Nov. 18, 1963, Vatican II's proposed document on ecumenism reached the floor of the council. One of the main reasons Pope John XXIII had called the Second Vatican Council was to further the quest for Church unity and so this was an historic day.
In the first two sessions of the Second Vatican Council, only two documents received final approval. One – the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy – had an enormous effect on the life of the Church. The other – the Decree on Social Communications (Inter Mirifica) – has been virtually ignored.