Becoming Catholic Persons and Learning to Be a Catholic People

Philip Sheldrake

in Receptive Ecumenism and the Call to Catholic Learning

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216451
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191712173 | DOI:
Becoming Catholic Persons and Learning to Be a Catholic People

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This chapter argues that Catholic Learning and Receptive Ecumenism are more than purely ecclesiological concepts. Catholicity does not concern merely a certain style, distinct from other competing Christian forms. Catholic Learning does not simply refer to what (Roman) Catholicism might learn with integrity from other traditions. It suggests that ‘ being Catholic’ is something learned progressively and that we are to resist the siren voices both of premature certainty and of purification by processes of exclusion. It also suggests that there is a distinctively Catholic way of learning that is, by definition, integrated and that counteracts the separation of the intellectual from the practical and theology from spirituality — the conduct of a Christian life.

Keywords: Catholic learning; Roman Catholicism; Receptive Ecumenism; Catholics; Christian life

Chapter.  5076 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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