The Ecumenical Imperative After Vatican II: Achievements and Challenges

  • Susan K. WoodEmail author
Part of the Pathways for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue book series (PEID)


The more than fifty years of dialogue since Vatican II launched the Catholic Church into the ecumenical movement have resulted in significant convergence, but reception of these results remains slow and inconclusive despite the stunning success of the Joint Declaration on Justification signed in 1999. This presentation explores some of the challenges for reception within the ecclesial and social context of ecumenical relationships today and discusses why the ecumenical imperative is even more critical at this point in time. It also suggests a model of ecclesiology for the reception of relationships of full communion.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Marquette UniversityMilwaukeeUSA

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