Patrick Howell, S.J., distinguished professor in the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, presented a paper at the 23rd biennial Congress of Jesuits in Ecumenism in Vienna, Austria. The title of the paper was A Theology of Brokenness as a Source of Ecumenical Unity.
"We had delegates from Kerala, Ranchi and Gujarat provinces in India, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Denmark, and four of us from the USA," said Father Howell. "Ecumenical efforts are different in every region. The Middle East and certain sections of India, for instance, are experiencing intense persecution of Christians, and this ominous threat has drawn Christians closer together than ever. There is an ecumenism of martyrdom, if you will."
Father Howell is one of the co-editors of the Proceedings, which will appear in print next spring.