JOSEPH T. SHENOSKY, The Development of Late Twentieth Century Catholic Ecumenical Theology in the United States of America: A Comparison of the Contributions of Gustave Weigel, S.J., Carl J. Peter, John F. Hotchkin, and Avery Dulles, S.J.
The Second Vatican Council, in its Decree on Ecumenism, called on all of the members of the Church to «take an active and intelligent part in the work of ecumenism» (UR #4). The purpose of this study is to assess how the Catholic Church in the U.S.A. has responded to this conciliar mandate. This work expounds and compares the ecumenical writings of four American theologians: Weigel, Peter, Hotchkin, and Dulles. Part I of this study provides the historical context and theological framework by giving ah overview of twentieth century ecumenism in America and presenting the ecumenical teachings of Vatican II and postconciliar documents. Part II considers the ecumenical thought of each theologian according to various themes (e.g., Method and Ecumenism, The Church, The Eucharist, etc.) and evaluates their work in light of conciliar and postconciliar teachings. Part III of this investigation compares the ecumenical writings of the four, highlighting convergences and divergences, and assesses the unique contributions of each theologian.
JOSEPH T. SHENOSKY was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (U.S.A.) in 2000. He studied at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook and received his Doctorate in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 2008.
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