- The Early Stages: Pre-1910
- Laying the Foundations: 1910–1948
- Pivotal Years: 1948–1965
- Intense Activity: 1965–1990
- Consolidation and Challenge: 1990—Present
- Faith and Order
- World Council of Churches
- Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
- Bilateral Dialogues
- United and Uniting Churches
- Regional and National Councils of Churches
- Interchurch Families
- Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
- Global Christian Forum
- Britain and Ireland
- United States of America
- Latin America
- The Middle East
- The Unity We Seek
- In Search of a Way
- Method in Ecumenism
- Kenotic Ecumenism
Abstract and Keywords
After noting convergences regarding the Eucharist between the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and the views of the 1963 Faith and Order conference, this chapter surveys a wide range of bilateral and multilateral ecumenical agreed statements on the Eucharist achieved in recent decades. It finds broad progress in them regarding three specific aspects of the Eucharist, namely, the links between the Eucharist and the Church, the Eucharist and the Holy Spirit, and the Eucharist and the future (or eschatology), respectively. It identifies outstanding issues, especially regarding the Eucharist as sacrament and sacrifice, and suggests how the progress provides a new context for tackling those issues. The relationship between baptismal and eucharistic ecclesiologies is then considered, and also ways in which the Eucharist has been recognized in ecumenical dialogue as influencing the structure of the Church. Attention is finally given to ecological implications of the Eucharist.
Paul McPartlan is a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Westminster (UK) and Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism at The Catholic University of America, Washington DC. After degrees in mathematics at Cambridge and philosophy and theology in Rome, he completed his doctorate at Oxford in 1989 and then served in a London parish for several years and on the faculty of Heythrop College in the University of London 1995–2005. He has been a member of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church since 2005, and is also a member of the North American Orthodox–Catholic Theological Consultation. He served for ten years on the Catholic Church’s International Theological Commission and also as a member of the International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Methodist Council. He is the author of The Eucharist Makes the Church: Henri de Lubac and John Zizioulas in Dialogue (1993, 2006), Sacrament of Salvation: An Introduction to Eucharistic Ecclesiology (1995), A Service of Love: Papal Primacy, the Eucharist, and Church Unity (2013, 2016), and many articles on ecclesiology and ecumenism. He edited John Zizioulas, Communion and Otherness: Further Studies in Personhood and the Church (2006), and is the co-editor with Geoffrey Wainwright of The Oxford Handbook of Ecumenical Studies.
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