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Ecclesiology and Liturgy as Interpretative Keys for Orientalium Ecclesiarium at Fifty

Ecclesiology and Liturgy as Interpretative Keys for Orientalium Ecclesiarium at Fifty Ecclesiology and Liturgy as Interpretative Keys for Orientalium Ecclesiarium at Fifty* MARK MOROZOWICH / WASHINGTON Introduction The Second Vatican CouncH, now fifty years later, marked a momentous change in the life of the Eastern Catholic Churches. The Council's effort to step beyond the classical issuance of anathemas to a theological presenta­ tion of doctrine conditions our understanding of the Decree on the Eastern Churches - Orientalium Ecclesiarum as it marks a dramatic shife. The impact that it wrought continues to be experienced and realized in the various 2. It also impacts relationships with the Eastern Catholic Churches today non-Catholic Eastern Churches. These complex realities reflect the rich human situation and often tell more of political problems than deeply the­ ological differences. This study briefly addresses the historical context of the Decree, the theological content, and the effects of the Decree as expe­ rienced since the Second Vatican Council. I will also address several key is­ sues regarding the ongoing reception and areas of future development. Historical Context The sacred unity of the Body of Christ on earth is marked by numerous di­ visions throughout the centuries that diminished clear unity and created parallel church structures. Throughout the centuries, the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum Brill

Ecclesiology and Liturgy as Interpretative Keys for Orientalium Ecclesiarium at Fifty

Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum , Volume 43 (2): 12 – Jun 20, 2011

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Ecclesiology and Liturgy as Interpretative Keys for Orientalium Ecclesiarium at Fifty* MARK MOROZOWICH / WASHINGTON Introduction The Second Vatican CouncH, now fifty years later, marked a momentous change in the life of the Eastern Catholic Churches. The Council's effort to step beyond the classical issuance of anathemas to a theological presenta­ tion of doctrine conditions our understanding of the Decree on the Eastern Churches - Orientalium Ecclesiarum as it marks a dramatic shife. The impact that it wrought continues to be experienced and realized in the various 2. It also impacts relationships with the Eastern Catholic Churches today non-Catholic Eastern Churches. These complex realities reflect the rich human situation and often tell more of political problems than deeply the­ ological differences. This study briefly addresses the historical context of the Decree, the theological content, and the effects of the Decree as expe­ rienced since the Second Vatican Council. I will also address several key is­ sues regarding the ongoing reception and areas of future development. Historical Context The sacred unity of the Body of Christ on earth is marked by numerous di­ visions throughout the centuries that diminished clear unity and created parallel church structures. Throughout the centuries, the

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Published: Jun 20, 2011

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