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The Unity of the Church – The Malines Conversations
Believing that our Lord’s purpose for his Church will only be fulfilled when all the separated parts of his Body are united, and that only by full discussion between the Churches can error and misunderstanding be removed and full spiritual unity attained, the Conference expresses its appreciation of the courage and Christian charity of Cardinal Mercier in arranging the Malines Conversations, unofficial and not fully representative of the Churches though they were, and its regret that by the encyclical “Mortalium animos” members of the Roman Catholic Church are forbidden to take part in the World Conference on Faith and Order and other similar conferences.