Teo 208 History and Perspectives of the Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches: quaestiones selectae
History and Perspectives of the Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches: quaestiones selectae
Class hours and workshops: 42
Credits (ECTS): 6
LM-OT – Specialization in Theology
LM-CU – Specialization in Communication Processes and Intercultural and Interreligious Mediation
Year: 1st – 2nd
class appointments are scheduled at the beginning of the academic year
Course held in Italian
The course is divided into three parts:
1 – in the first part, of general and introductory nature, the fundamental elements, especially theological, related to the history of ecumenical dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church as a whole since the Second Vatican Council are offered. The historical profile of the break in full communion between the Church of the West and the Church of the East is examined and reconstructed through the phases and main documents of theological dialogue, identifying the questions that are still open;
2 – in the second part, more specific and brief in nature, the history of the charismatic encounter between Patriarch Athenagoras and Chiara Lubich is retraced, identifying the fruitful outcome all the way to the establishment of the ecumenical Chair bearing the same name, and illustrating the original method of dialogue that it proposes;
3 – in the third, finally, the most substantial part, selected themes are studied every year, with the help of exponents of the Orthodox Church, exploring the liturgical, spiritual and theological tradition of the Christian East and offering the possibility for a direct experience of dialogue.
For the first part:
- Documents of Vatican II (Unitatis redintegratio Decree) and of the Pontifical Magisterium (in particolar, of John Paul II: Slavorum Apostoli, Orientale lumen, Ut unum sint);
- Documents of the International Mixed Commission of Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church as a whole;
- MORANDI S., Teologia dell’ecumenismo, EDB, Bologna 2019.
For the second part:
- Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Per una cultura dell’unità nella diversità, (Le Cattedre di Sophia), Città Nuova, Roma 2016;
- Inauguration of the Ecumenical “Athenagoras/Chiara Lubich” Chair, (Le Cattedre di Sophia) Città Nuova, Roma 2020.
For the third part: bibliographical indications will be given based on the specific themes addressed in the course.
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