- The Early Stages: Pre-1910
- Laying the Foundations: 1910–1948
- Pivotal Years: 1948–1965
- Intense Activity: 1965–1990
- Consolidation and Challenge: 1990—Present
- Pentecostal and Charismatic
- Faith and Order
- World Council of Churches
- Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
- Bilateral Dialogues
- Chevetogne, Taizé, and the Groupe des Dombes
- 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
The chapter describes the achievements of interconfessional theological dialogues on ordained ministry and considers various issues that remain. Achievements include the recovery of an understanding of ordained ministry within an ecclesiological context developed with a renewed pneumatological and eschatological emphasis and based on a balanced christological foundation. Greater convergence in understanding ordained ministry has led to clarification of the relationship between apostolic continuity in the church and apostolic succession in ministry. Other areas of growing consensus include forms of ordination, the relationship between the ministerial nature of the church and special or ordained ministry, the Trinitarian and diaconal nature of all ministry, and the threefold ministry. Remaining issues include the ordination of women, mutual recognition of ministry, the relationship between such recognition and the reciprocal recognition of baptism, and the role of the bishop of Rome with regard to the unity of the church.
James F. Puglisi, SA, is director of the Centro Pro Unione, Rome, professor of sacraments, ecclesiology and ecumenism at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas ‘Angelicum’, and lecturer in ecumenical theology at the Pontifical University Antonianum, Rome, and at the Istituto di Studi Ecumenici San Bernardino, Venice.
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