Serie Diritto Canonico
JAMES M. OLIVER, ECUMENICAL ASSOCIATIONS. Their Canonical Status with Particular Reference to the United States of America
Pope John Paul II calls for a new era of group endeavor in his Apostolic Exhortation Christifideles Laici. He charges all the Christian faithful to work together to advance Christ's mandate to go and teach all nations. As a response to this call and in fidelity to the movement of the Spirit in the Church and in the world, baptized Christians have joined together in new associations dedicated to prayer and apostolic works. A unique characteristic of many recently established associations, as compared to traditional groups already recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, is their ecumenical membership. The canonical status of associations which inscribe non-Catholics is the focus of this study.
Specific questions that will guide the dissertation include: What is the development that led to the present ecumenical situation in the Catholic Church? What is the present praxis of bishops and the Pontifical Council for the Laity in relating to associations of the Christian faithful which inscribe non-Catholic members? And finally what do the canons reveal about non-Catholic participation in associations?
Unique to the study is the exposition of actual ecumenical associations and their statutes. A number of these associations are recognized by either the Pontifical Council for the Laity or dioceses in the United States of America.
JAMES M. OLIVER was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1988. Before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary Overbrook-Philadelphia he studied at the University of Steubenville in Ohio. After ordination he served as parochial vicar before being sent to the Gregorian University where he received the degrees of JCL and JCD. He presently serves as vice-chancellor and is a member of the faculty of St. Charles Seminary.
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