Today in the Decree on Ecumenism, we continue to look at “Catholic Principles on Ecumenism.”
In article 3, the Council Fathers move from the big picture presented in article 2 towards discussing the reality of division that has occurred in Church history. This passage says some important things about not blaming the separation on those who have been brought up in separated Christian communities.
Here are the footnotes:
21. Cf. CONC. FLORENTINUM, Sess. VIII (1439), Decretum Exultate Deo: Mansi 31, 1055 A.
22. Cf. S. AUGUSTINUS, In Ps. 32, Enarr. 11, 29: PL 36, 299
23. Cf. CONC. LATERANENSE IV (1215) Constitutio IV: Mansi 22, 990; CONC. LUGDUNENSE II (1274), Professio fidei Michaelis Palaeologi: Mansi 24, 71 E; CONC. FLORENTINUM, Sess. VI (1439), Definitio Laetentur caeli: Mansi 31, 1026 E.