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‘A pastoral approach emphasises that people are the primary concern of the ecumenical movement.  In the final analysis, those who are hurt by the divisions of the Church are people.  They are separated from loved ones, friends and neighbours by the continuing divisions of the Christian Church.  This pain is particularly acute in interchurch families.  It affects parents and children from one generation to the next.  Baptisms, weddings and funerals provide ample opportunities for the kind of ecumenical sensitivity required of all ministers today.  Every Sunday’s liturgy provides similar opportunities.  It doesn’t take a great deal of effort to welcome those from other Christian communities who join their spouses, friends and relatives for weekly worship.  It is a matter of doing everything in a different way and with a different attitude.’  Ernest Falardeau, SSS in "A Pastoral Priority"

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