This stage is the sign of a firm desire to work for unity and to seek paths of reconciliation after a time for polemics. This agreement gives a context for mutual knowledge and a constructive dialogue. Mutual respect will allow for a calm discussion on the reception of the Second Vatican Council, in fidelity to the Magisterium, and on the conditions for evangelism today.
In the months to come, only a climate of peace, trust and the spirit of the Gospel will allow us to be completely faithful to this mission which Christ has entrusted to his disciples: "That they might be one, that the world may believe!"
At Bordeaux, the 1st February, 2007
Father Philippe Laguérie
Superior General of the Institute of the Good Shepherd
Jean-Pierre Cardinal Ricard
Archbishop of Bordeaux
Bishop of Bazas