Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit
The newly elected World Council of Churches General Secretary Norwegian Reverend Olav Fykse Tveit has said he believes it is important to maintain and develop cooperation with the Catholic Church.
"The contribution of the Roman Catholic Church to theological work, and also in regard to many social and ethical problems, is very important," the Reverend Tveit, a theologian and pastor, told Vatican Radio, The Tidings reports.
"The Roman Catholic Church is a universal church, and the World Council of Churches for its part is a global institution, and this opens the road to many exchanges of experience and to a shared evaluation of current challenges," said Reverend Tveit, 48, a member of the (Lutheran) Church of Norway. He said he hoped to meet with Pope Benedict, "although not immediately."
"I would like to speak with him about our common challenges, but also about our common faith," Reverend Tveit told Vatican Radio. "I have heard him speak and I have read his works, and he is a very important figure for mutual understanding between Christians. I think we have much to discuss together."
The Roman Catholic Church is not a member of the World Council of Churches, although for 40 years a Vatican-WCC joint working group has promoted cooperation and collaboration.
Olav Fykse Tveit (WCC)