This unit will examine the mystery of the Church, and the nature and principles of ecumenism. The foundation and early development of the Church will be presented together with ecclesial images and models. The marks of the Church together with the nature and role of the Magisterium will be examined. This will lead to reflection on the communion and mission of the church. Examination of the ecumenical movement in recent history will flow into a consideration of theological convergence arising from ecumenical dialogue and lead to a presentation of “Receptive Ecumenism” as a model for dialogue.

Unit code: CT1110C

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Define the images and models of the Church


Explain the nature and role of the Magisterium


Relate the marks of the Church to an understanding of the communion and mission of the Church in the world today


Describe the history of the modern ecumenical movement and the Roman Catholic Church’s entry into that movement


Identify and explain the Church’s teaching on Ecumenism in the documents of the magisterium, Unitatis redintegratio (1964), the Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism (1993) and the vision outlined in Pope John Paul II’s Ut unum sint (1995).


The unit’s framework is andragogically focused constructive alignment within the context of lectures and seminars

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bliss, Frederick M. Catholic and Ecumenical: History and Hope: Why the Catholic Church is Ecumenical and What She is Doing About It. 2nd ed. Lanham: Sheed & Ward, 2007.
  • Doyle, Dennis M. Communion Ecclesiology: Vision and Versions. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2000.
  • Dulles, Avery. Magisterium: Teacher and Guardian of the Faith. Naples: Sapientia Press of Ave Maria University, 2007.
  • ———. Models of the Church. New and expanded ed. New York: Image Books, 2002.
  • Francis. Evangelii Gaudium. Apostolic Exhortation. 2013.
  • Goosen, Gideon. Bringing Churches Together: A Popular Introduction to Ecumenism. 2nd ed. Geneva: World Council of Churches, 2001.
  • Gros, Jeffrey, Eamon McManus, and Ann Riggs. Introduction to Ecumenism. New York: Paulist Press, 1998.
  • Kasper, Walter. The Catholic Church: Nature, Reality and Mission. London: Bloomsbury T. & T. Clark, 2015.
  • McPartlan, Paul. Sacrament of Salvation: An Introduction to Eucharistic Ecclesiology. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1995
  • Nichols, A. Figuring Out the Church: Her Marks and Her Masters. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2013.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

Seminar (500 words)

0 10.0
Written Examination

Written Exam (1hr)

0 30.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Seminar (500 words)

0 10.0

Essay (2000 words)

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 4 Sep, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-04-03 07:46:50 +1100