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Wednesday, March 6 • 08:30 - 10:30
#6/281 – The Ecumenical Dialogue on the Eucharist and Intercommunion from Vatican II till today

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Panel oganized with the Ecclesiological Investigations Research Network

The commemoration of the 500 th anniversary of the start of the Reformation in 2017 certainly was not an inner-Protestant affair. Since the publication of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic international dialogue statement From Conflict to Communion it was obvious that also the Roman Catholic Church was willing to engage in a common commemoration of the Reformation, which became most obvious in the ecumenical service in Lund Cathedral on Reformation Day 2016. The prefect of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Koch, made the interesting suggestion to start preparing for the next step in Catholic-Protestant relations that could consist in a Joined Declaration on Church, Ministry and Eucharist, while at the same time insisting that the differences between Catholics and Protestants in view of their key ecclesiological convictions and their model of unity are very profound if not unbridgeable. Other voices consider it almost unbearable, in view of the ecumenical progress made, that Protestants and Catholics cannot celebrate the Eucharist together. During last years the discussion on this theme has been intensified.Therefore, for this panel papers are invited discussing the results of recent regional initiatives (U.S.; Finland) to lay the foundations for a new common declaration on Church, Ministry and Eucharist, the discussion on the German bishops’ conference study guide on the admission to communion of Protestant Christians in interconfessional marriages, or constructive reflections on this theme.

Gerard Mannion (Ecclesiological Investigations Network / Georgetown University)

Peter De Mey (KU Leuven) - More than an Issue of Translation? The ‘Defectus ordinis’ in Unitatis Redintegratio 22
Alberto Melloni (Unimore / Fscire) - Tempus visitationis: The Unaccomplished Concelebration between Rome and Constantinople
Tomi Karttunen (University of Eastern Finland) - A Presentation of the Finnish-Roman Catholic Ecumenical Dialogue Statement "Communion in Growth. Declaration on the Church, Eucharist, and Ministry?" (2017)
Fokke Wouda (University of Tilburg) - Eucharistic Sharing in Monastic Contexts: Learning from Monastic Experiences

Language: English


Gerard Mannion

Ecclesiological Investigations Network / Georgetown University


Alberto Melloni

Unimore / Fscire

Tomi Karttunen

University of Eastern Finland

Fokke Wouda

University of Tilburg

Peter De Mey

KU Leuven

  • Language English
  • Language English