I am pleased to report that I have been asked to deliver a paper at the upcoming Vatican II Conference in Toronto:
The Vatican II Decree on the Eastern Catholic Churches
Orientalium Ecclesiarum — 50 Years Later
October 17 & 18, 2014
University of St. Michael’s College
in the University of Toronto
My presentation is entitled
Fully Equal Dignity:
Orientalium Ecclesiarum Articulated The Implicit Principle of Church Unity Lost in the First Millennium Before It Became Explicit
(1000 Years Too Late to Avoid the Schism, But Better Late Than Never To Repair it)
and it will be delivered at 2:30 PM Saturday, October 18 in the Senior Common Room in Brennan Hall at the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto.
This website has a world-wide audience, but anyone who is close enough to make it is invited to attend!
The paper I will be delivering identifies the major root cause of the first “Great Schism” which turned the Early Undivided Catholic (Universal) Communion of Orthodox (non-heretical) Christian Sister Churches of East and West into a separated Western Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Church, and shows how Vatican II’s Decree on the Eastern Catholic Churches finally articulated clearly and explicitly the principle of Church Unity which was implicitly practiced by the Undivided Early Church but lost in the circumstances of history before it ever became explicit — until Vatican II, which lays the groundwork and paves the way for healing the first “Great Schism” of Christianity and articulates principles helpful towards healing the later schisms like the Protestant Reformation.
I ask all prayer partners in this Christian Education and Vatican II implementation ministry to pray for the success of this presentation, that it may be fruitful in the cause of Church reunification “so that the world may believe” when it sees our Christian “love for one another,” as Jesus prayed for us.
— Peter William John Baptiste SFO
Founder, Donum Veritatis – The Gift of Truth Ministries