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Townsville bishop predicts Christian unity surprise

Bishop of Townsville and co-chair of the international Roman Catholic-Methodist dialogue, Bishop Michael Putney, has said he believes firmly that the Christian churches will eventually be one.

In a joint statement with Methodist co-chair Rev Geoffrey Wainwright of Duke University in the USA, he said he is "waiting to be surprised" at how it finally happens.

"It is unfolding before my eyes," said Bishop Putney. "Where it is going and when it will end I do not know and, in many ways, I do not care. I'm just enjoying the ride."

The two were speaking on Thursday during a public discussion in Rome.

Dr Wainwright said: "I do believe organic unity is on the horizon, [however] I'm fairly sure it will not be in my lifetime."

Catholic-Methodist dialogue co-chairs say unity will happen someday (Catholic News Service 12/3/04)
Vatican Joint International Methodist-Catholic Dialogue Commission: Statement by Rev. Donald Bolen - Methodist Catholic Relations 2002
World Methodist Council: Ecumenics and Dialogue Committee
Bishop Michael Putney: Ecumenism in Australia Today (SEDOS)
Bishop Michael Putney appointed Bishop of Townsville (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 25/1/01)

16 Mar 2004