That They May All Be One: The Call to Unity Today

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Jan 11, 2004 - Religion - 208 pages
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Cardinal Kasper is a distinguished theologian who was a colleague of Cardinal Ratzinger, Karl Rahner, and Hans Kung at The Universities of Münster and Tübingen.

Kasper now heads the Vatican's Council for Promoting Christian Unity, with the specific task of fostering relations between the Catholic Church and other Christian Churches and Ecclesial communities.

Here 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 enlightening and engaging, and reflect the important role of dialogue as understood by the Catholic Church, which also listen to other traditions and learn from them.

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 injunction - 'they may be one'.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Binding Nature of Unitatis Redintegratio
6
2 The Current Situation in Ecumenical Theology
14
3 The Nature and Purpose of Ecumenical Dialogue
33
The Guiding Concept of Catholic Ecumenical Theology
50
5 Open Questions in the Ecclesiology of Sister Churches
75
Towards a Rapprochement between East and West
96
7 The Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification
122
8 A Discussion on the Petrine Ministry
136
9 Spiritual Ecumenism
155
10 The Church and Contemporary Pluralism
173
Index
192
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Cardinal Walter Kasper was 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.

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