ecu·​me·​nism | \ e-ˈkyü-mə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce ecumenism (audio) , i- also ˈe-kyə- or ˌe-kyə-ˈme- \

Definition of ecumenism

: ecumenical principles and practices especially as shown among religious groups (such as Christian denominations)

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ecumenist \ e-​ˈkyü-​mə-​nist How to pronounce ecumenist (audio) , i-​ also  ˈe-​kyə-​mə-​nist or  ˌe-​kyə-​ˈme-​nist \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web This exhortation is awash in the pluralistic ecumenism that has dominated post-conciliar thinking. John Hirschauer, National Review, "Is Pope Francis Really a ‘Man of Tradition’?," 25 Feb. 2020 Progressive approaches to Catholic teaching that most German bishops have long advocated—on ecumenism, moral teaching and decentralized church governance—now enjoy the support of Pope Francis. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Germany’s Liberal Bishops Gain Influence Under Pope Francis," 4 May 2018 Last month, the German bishops’ leaders traveled to Rome to discuss the question with Archbishop Ladaria and other officials of the Vatican’s offices for doctrine, ecumenism and church law. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Vatican Blocks German Plan to Expand Communion," 4 June 2018 On Thursday, top German bishops—including Cardinals Marx and Woelki—were in Rome to make their cases to the Vatican’s offices for doctrine, ecumenism and church law. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Germany’s Liberal Bishops Gain Influence Under Pope Francis," 4 May 2018 Efforts to create Christian unity, or ecumenism, often carry this note of historical sadness. Emma Green, The Atlantic, "Why Can’t Christians Get Along, 500 Years After the Reformation?," 29 Oct. 2017 Covered head to toe in the most ornate, traditional finery, Pius informs them that the church is finished with feel-good gestures of evangelism and ecumenism. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "HBO’s “The Young Pope” is confounding, captivating and one of the most unsettling shows in years," 19 Jan. 2017 This change in tone threatens to undermine the cheeky ecumenism of Aslan’s larger method. Elias Muhanna, The New Yorker, "The Contradictions of Reza Aslan’s “Believer”," 9 Apr. 2017

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Ecumenism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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