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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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Receptive Ecumenism and Catholic Learning—Reflections in Dialogue with Yves Congar and B. C. Butler 1

Receptive Ecumenism and Catholic Learning—Reflections in Dialogue with Yves Congar and B. C. Butler 1

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Receptive Ecumenism and the Call to Catholic Learning
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Gabriel Flynn

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216451.003.0033

Cardinal Yves Congar (1904-95) and Bishop Basil Christopher Butler (1902-86) were both dedicated to the renewal of Catholic Learning and to the promotion of Christian unity. Butler, a convert to Catholicism, followed a more ‘conservative’ line than Congar. For his part, Congar, the leading figure of the Catholic ecumenical movement in France and a member of the Catholic–Lutheran Commission of Dialogue since 1965, was profoundly influenced by Lutheran theology in the formulation of his later ‘progressive’ stance on ecumenism. This chapter explores the themes of Receptive Ecumenism and Catholic Learning as they relate to the thought of Congar and Butler, respectively. It also seeks to extrapolate ethical implications for the present-day ecumenical movement. Specifically, it attempts to draw Congar and Butler into dialogue on the central doctrine of the incarnation, regarded by the former as ‘the key to the whole mystery of the Church’.

Keywords:   ecumenical learning, Receptive Ecumenism, Catholic learning, ecumenical movement, Cardinal Yves Cognar, Bishop Basil Christopher Butler

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