To put it simply, ecumenism, and especially ecumenical dialogue, requires of us loving truth and truthful love. Love without a commitment to truth will lead to a too easy compromise which will not carry the churches into full Christian unity. A commitment to the truth without love will lead to dogmatism and intransigence and will delay Christian unity forever. Utter openness to the other, with utter fidelity to one’s own tradition, is the way forward for the committed ecumenist. Indeed in some ways it is only in meeting the other in complete openness, while remaining faithful to one’s own identity, that one discovers one’s own identity in its full profundity. The meeting of hearts and minds that can come between dialogue partners who have both qualities of utter faithfulness and utter openness is the meeting which takes the movement towards Christian unity a step forward. (p 168)
Michael Putney, “The Approach of the Catholic Church to Ecumenism”, in My Ecumenical Journey (Adelaide: ATF Theology, 2014): 157-171. ISBN: 978-1-922239-64-8.