Chapter

From Vatican II to Mississauga—Lessons in Receptive Ecumenical Learning from the Anglican—Roman Catholic Bilateral Dialogue Process

Mary Tanner

in Receptive Ecumenism and the Call to Catholic Learning

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216451
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191712173 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216451.003.0022
From Vatican II to Mississauga—Lessons in Receptive Ecumenical Learning from the Anglican—Roman Catholic Bilateral Dialogue Process

Show Summary Details

Preview

This chapter examines the story of Anglican–Roman Catholic relations since the days following the Second Vatican Council to see what has proved effective and what counterproductive in receptive ecumenical learning. Among the lessons learned is that if there is to be a real reception of one another in faith and life then the personal and relational is prior. There has to be a real getting to know one another at all levels of the life of the two communions, a real appreciation of the gifts the other has to offer, and an inclination to receive as well as to give. Receptive Ecumenism requires the involvement not just of leaders and theologians but of whole communities that desire to get to know one another, are open to learn from each other, and accept that renewal and change is required for the sake of fidelity to the Gospel and for more credible mission and service. Receptive Ecumenism also requires effective leadership. Those charged with a ministry of unity must be committed to the visible unity of the church and prepared, as part of their ministry, to take responsibility, personally and collegially, and increasingly in shared collegiality, for nurturing the communion that already exists and directing the processes of Receptive Ecumenism.

Keywords: ecumenical learning; Roman Catholics; Anglicans; Receptive Ecumenism; Second Vatican Council; shared collegiality

Chapter.  6033 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.