The Status Quaestionis of Ecumenism

New Blackfriars (forthcoming)
  Copy   BIBTEX


In 2016 Pope Francis went to Lund in Sweden for a joint service with the Lutherans to begin the events marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Catholics have also been involved in conferences and other events that have been organized as part of this anniversary. The context and background to the Catholic Church's involvement is the Church's commitment to ecumenical dialogue made at the Second Vatican Council. The theological basis for that commitment is to be found in the Second Vatican Council's Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium and its Decree on Ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio. This paper takes the opportunity of this anniversary to take stock of the progress of the ecumenical movement and notes some of the issues and challenges that have impacted upon it. As well as social and cultural factors these include the increasing importance of interreligious dialogue and its relationship to ecumenical dialogue. Ecumenists also have to take account of the widely varying interpretations of the Reformation offered by church historians. Finally the paper argues that in the Catholic Church perceptions of ecumenism often fail to take account of the many ways in which the Second Vatican Council significantly changed the global role and profile of the Catholic Church as a source and agent of peace and reconciliation on many different levels. Ecumenical engagement is an integral part of that continuing development which is increasingly acknowledged by political and religious leaders throughout the world.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,322

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Dimensiunea femininã a miscãrii ecumenice/ The Feminine Dimension of the Ecumenism.Alina Isac & Mihai Albu - 2003 - Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies 2 (6):132-148.
A continuing pilgrimage: Ecclesiology since Vatican II.Richard Lennan - 2014 - The Australasian Catholic Record 91 (1):21.
Katholiek in oecumenisch perspectief.Henk Witte - 2003 - Bijdragen 64 (4):453-461.
Re-Reading Orientalium Ecclesiarum.Edward Farrugia - 2007 - Gregorianum 88 (2):352-372.
La Chiesa sacramento del regno.Sandra Mazzolini - 2005 - Gregorianum 86 (3):629-643.
Reconciliation: From sectarianism to ecumenism.Marcia Roche - 2016 - The Australasian Catholic Record 93 (2):217.
Ecclesiology, Ecumenism, Toleration.Maria Rosa Antognazza - 2018 - In The Oxford Handbook of Leibniz. Oxford - New York: Oxford University Press.
Unity in the Body.Domenic Marbaniang - 2011 - Journal of the Contemporary Christian 3 (1).


Added to PP

13 (#1,001,344)

6 months
1 (#1,520,257)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Kevin McDonald
University of Minnesota, Duluth

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references