This is the fourth in a sequence of posts based upon Chris James' blog post The Goal of Ecumenism: Why and how to be one , part V. The first of these posts is Why Are We Divided?, the second is The Visibility of the Church and the third is Ecumenism and Ecclesiality .
I must confess to a degree of impatience with the idea that ecumenism is a some sort of eschatological truth. Of course I understand that the fullness of God's plan for humanity will not be revealed until the end times. But how practical is it to assert this truth? It feels like a cop out: we can't do anything about it now because it is an eschatological truth.