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Author(s): Frederick M. Bliss
Accurate and up-to-date, consistently fair and always lucid, this book is essential reading for all aspiring ecumenists. Bliss's assessments of the many traditions described are a model of how slow but perceptible progress can be made toward the goal of the unity which is the Lord's will. The breadth and depth of Bliss's reading is striking and shows readers something of the work to be done. -- Bishop Richard Garrard, Past Director, The Anglican Centre in Rome Father Bliss's text is the work of a scholar and priest whose long-standing commitment to and involvement in ecumenical relations has given him a solid grasp of the 'culture of dialogue' that has emerged since Vatican II. Bliss writes from a particularly well-informed vantage point in providing an excellent overview of the Catholic Church's irrevocable commitment to full visible unity among all Christians, and his extensive consultation with theologians currently involved in international ecumenical dialogues makes this text a particularly valuable resource for all who are engaged in ecumenical activity. -- Father Donald Bolen, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Rome Father Bliss has done a great service to the teaching of ecumenism with this revision. He situates the modern ecumenical movement in the larger context of Christian history, allowing us to understand the contemporary dialogues in relation to the history of doctrine. -- Reverend Dr. Thomas A. Baima, Provost, University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary Frederick M. Bliss's Catholic and Ecumenical is a welcome addition to the theological library...Its breadth of scope in treatment of Catholicism and other Christian traditions with which it relates serves a readership wider than most books on the ecumenical shelf. The Catholic Historical Review, October 2008 A professor of ecclesiology and ecumenism at St. Thomas University in Rome, Bliss has a superb command of his subject. He is also a master of summarizing complex history and material into concise, readable prose. He puts it all into historical context, so that any novice in the field can appreciate the revolutionary changes that have occurred in Catholicism since the mid-1960s. Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Winter 2010 Father Bliss has trained generations of ecumenists at the Angelicum in Rome and is generally thought to be one of the Church's real leaders in the field of ecumenical pedagogy. This new edition will be a standard reference work for all interested in ecumenism, and I recommend it very highly. -- Reverend Michael Seed, SA, Secretary, Ecumenical Commission, Westminster
Frederick M. Bliss, S.M., teaches ecumenical theology at the Angelicum in Rome where he also coordinates the work of the ecumenical section of the university. He is the author of Anglicans in Rome and Understanding Reception: A Background to its Ecumenical Use.