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Catholic and Ecumenical: History and Hope
Bliss, Frederick M.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7425-5257-9


Revised edition (paperback), 208 pages
Ecumenical consciousness has not always been part of the Catholic experience. Frederick M. Bliss, S. M. traces how the concern for ecumenism came about - from uneasy tension to confidence in the true grace of catholicity. This second edition of "Catholic and Ecumenical" follows significant developments in dialogues with the Catholic Church up to 2006, and suggests likely trends of continuing change.

First edition (paperback), 237 pages, Novalis (2002):
Father Bliss traces how the concern for ecumenism came about through uneasy tension to confidence in the true grace of catholicity. From the medieval Papacy to Trent and the open spirit of Vatican II, the history of the Church continues to shape contemporary dialogue. Catholic and Ecumenical is a solid work that also gives an up-to-date and accurate view of Catholic participation in ecumenical dialogue among the churches and with people from other faith traditions.

" I commend this important resource to all who pursue the high calling of Christian unity." (Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, General Secretary The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA)

Frederick Bliss, a member of the Society of Mary (Marianists), was ordained in 1961 and holds a doctorate in Theology from the University of St. Thomas in Rome (Angelicum) where, since 1992, he has been a professor, specializing in ecumenical theology. Father Bliss has published several articles and another major work: Understanding Reception: A Backdrop to Its Ecumenical Use.