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Una Sancta Movement

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Author(s): Kleinschwärzer-Meister, Birgitta
[German Version] I. Definition The phrase una sancta comes from the third article of the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed: “Credo . . . unam sanctam catholicam et apostolicam ecclesiam.” Serving the unity (Unity and diversity) and holiness of the church (Sacredness and sinfulness of the church) is the central purpose of the Una Sancta movement. This umbrella term includes circles of priests, theologians, religious, and lay people who labor for both the visible unity of the Christian churches and the credibility of their mission in the world to promote peace and reconciliation. II. His…

Malines (Mechelen) Conversations

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Author(s): Kleinschwärzer-Meister, Birgitta
[German Version] The Malines Conversations were a total of five meetings between three or five representatives of the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion (Anglican Church) that took place between 1921 and 1926 in Mechelen (Malines) at the initiative of Lord Charles Lindley Wood Halifax (1839–1934) and Abbé Fernard Portal (1855–1926), under the leadership of the Belgian cardinal archbishop Desiré J. Mercier (1851–1926). In large measure, the conversations were a response to the decisio…


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Author(s): Kleinschwärzer-Meister, Birgitta | Ivanov, Vladimir | Schwöbel, Christoph | Baier, Klaus A.
[German Version] I. Dogmatics – II. Ethics – III. Practical Theology I. Dogmatics 1. The Catholic Understanding The term “ecumene,” from the present passive participle of the Greek verb οἰκεῖν/ oikeín, “to dwell,” originally denoted the inhabited earth. The use of the term in Scripture is ambiguous: the OT (apolitically) in the sense of “world,” the NT, in addition to that, of the “earth” as the …