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Receptive Ecumenism and the Call to Catholic LearningExploring a Way for Contemporary Ecumenism$
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Paul Murray

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199216451

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216451.001.0001

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

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

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Receptive Ecumenism and the Call to Catholic Learning
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Mary Tanner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216451.003.0022

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

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