That they may all be one: the call to unity

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Burns & Oates, 2004 - Religion - 202 pages
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Cardinal Waler Kasper is a distinguished theologian who has been a colleague of Cardinal Ratzinger, Karl Rahner and Hans Kung at the Universtities of Munster and Tubingen. Kasper now heads the Vatican's Ponitifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, with the specific task of fostering relations between the Catholic Church and the other Christian Churches and Eccesiastical communities. By any reckoning, Kasper is a key leader in the eccumenical movement today. In this new book, he outlines his vision for the unity of Christian Churches. A man with an open mind, Kasper covers one of the major responsibilities of the contemporary Catholic Church. His perspective of the uniqueness of the Catholic Church and its magisterium is presented here as a modern inquiry into the nature of truth. His views are enlightened and engaging, and reflect the important role of dialogue as understood by the Catholic Church, which must also listen to other traditions and learn from them. But Kasper also realises that the cause of unity is exceptionally difficult at the present time. Dialogue is often challenged by developments between and within Christian communions and obstructed by historical tensions. This book will command quite exceptional interest. Many will read it in the hope that the thought of this renowned, open-minded Church leader may give hope to people of all traditions that they may learn to understand Jesus's injucntion - 'that they may be one'.

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Binding Nature of Unitatis Redintegratio
6
The Current Situation in Ecumenical Theology
14
The Nature and Purpose of Ecumenical Dialogue
33
The Guiding Concept of Catholic Ecumenical Theology
50
Open Questions in the Ecclesiology of Sister Churches
75
Towards a Rapprochement between East and West
96
The Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification
122
A Discussion on the Petrine Ministry
136
Spiritual Ecumenism
155
The Church and Contemporary Pluralism
173
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About the author (2004)

Cardinal Walter Kasper is President of The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. A German by birth, he spends much time lecturing and giving conferences in the English speaking world. He is the author of Jesus the Christ (Burns&Oates/Crossroad)

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