- 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 begins by affirming the ‘irrevocable’ commitment of the Catholic Church to the ecumenical movement, noting that such a commitment represents a substantial change from the Catholic Church’s initial estimation and response. It then explains the initially negative reaction, gives an account of the factors leading up to the transformation in attitude, and documents by means of official teachings the positive reassessment and enthusiastic step that took place at the time of the Second Vatican Council, especially by means of the council’s decree on ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio. A final section summarizes some of the more important Catholic contributions to the ecumenical movement and identifies some particular gifts that the Catholic Church may be said to have received and to have offered in the course of its participation.
William Henn, OFM Cap., is professor of ecclesiology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.
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