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“Ecumenical Recognition” in the Faith and Order Movement

Minna Hietamäki
Published Online: 2015-06-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2015-0008

Abstract

“Full recognition” has been the expressed goal of ecumenical endeavours since the beginning of modern ecumenism. This article investigates the development of the idea of “recognition” in the ecumenical movement as represented by the Commission on Faith and Order. The text introduces a theoretical framework for investigating the idea of recognition, with special attention paid to the theological impact of the Roman Catholic Church’s official entry into the ecumenical movement after the Second Vatican Council. The article notes that the idea of recognition has received little attention as an independent concept in ecumenical theology until recently. However, the notion of recognition could function as an overall concept, bringing together various aspects of the ecumenical movement.

Keywords: ecumenical theology; recognition; Faith and Order; Second Vatican Council; koinonia; communio; World Council of Churches

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About the article


Received: 2015-04-02

Accepted: 2015-06-08

Published Online: 2015-06-25


Citation Information: Open Theology, ISSN (Online) 2300-6579, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2015-0008.

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