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Receptive Ecumenism and the Call to Catholic LearningExploring a Way for Contemporary Ecumenism$
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Paul Murray

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199216451

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216451.001.0001

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Organizational Factors Inhibiting Receptive Catholic Learning

Organizational Factors Inhibiting Receptive Catholic Learning

(p.346) 24 Organizational Factors Inhibiting Receptive Catholic Learning
Receptive Ecumenism and the Call to Catholic Learning

Thomas J. Reese, SJ

Oxford University Press

This chapter identifies and reflects upon the organizational factors militating against receptive ecumenical learning within Roman Catholicism. It argues that Roman Catholicism has reached a plateau on which it will be stuck for some time into the future. This may have been all right in the days when the world changed at a glacial rate, but today political, cultural, and social changes occur at light speed. The church can no longer take decades or centuries to respond to change. The future of the church and any programme of Receptive Ecumenism and Catholic Learning must be based on faith, hope, and love.

Keywords:   receptive ecumenical learning, Roman Catholics, parish, priests, bishops, theological, Vatican, faith, hope, love

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