MESSAGE SENT TO VATICAN II
Catholic Herald Repotler or HE non-Catholic British Confer'. ence on Faith and Order meeting at Nottingham has sent a message of greeting and prayer to the third session of the Vatican Council.
Signed by the Anglican Bishop of Bristol, Dr. Tomkins, and the general secretary of the British Cauncil of Churches, the Rev. Kenneth Slack. it is addressed to the Vatican Secretariat for Christian Unity,
The text of the me.ssage reads: 'Fellow Christians gathered at British Faith and Order Conference, Nottingham, send greetings and assurances of prayer for new session of the Council. May the Holy Spirit grant you a renewal in truth and holiness in which we may all share.'
As Vatican II reopened, prayers for its success were offered at the Nottingham Conference, and these were led by a Baptist minister, Dr. Ernest Payne. General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland.
There are six Catholic observers at the conference.
Speaking at Nottingham on Tuesday, Dr. Moorman. Bishop of Ripon, said that Vatican II had "taken the ecumenical movement into a new dimension".
He spoke of the Schema on Ecumenism as "one of the most hopeful documents issued in the whole history of the movement", and added: We are living ecumenically in a new world." •
Dr. Moorman suggested that another message be sent to the Council from Nottingham including these elements: (1) a note of penitence on the lines of the Pope's address to the Council last year (2) a note of thanksgiving, for the part Rome has played in breaking down barriers; and (3) an assurance of prayers for the Council.
He ended with a question which "sooner or later we shall have to face", namely: "Do we or do we not believe in Christian Unity, that it is God's will that all should he one?"