Catholicism Opening to the World and Other Confessions

Vatican II and its Impact

  • Vladimir Latinovic
  • Gerard Mannion
  • Jason Welle, O.F.M.

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gerard Mannion
      Pages 3-14
  3. Opening to the World—The Turn to Moral Mission and Social Justice

  4. Women and Vatican II

  5. Inculturation: The Contextual Reception of the Council

  6. Ecumenical Readings of Vatican II

  7. The Fruits and Future of Vatican II’s Ecumenical Opening

  8. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 327-327
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 347-360

About this book


This volume explores how Catholicism began and continues to open its doors to the wider world and to other confessions in embracing ecumenism, thanks to the vision and legacy of the Second Vatican Council. It explores such themes as the twentieth century context preceding the council; parallels between Vatican II and previous councils; its distinctively pastoral character; the legacy of the council in relation to issues such as church-world dynamics, as well as to ethics, social justice, economic activity. Several chapters discuss the role of women in the church before, during, and since the council. Others discern inculturation in relation to Vatican II. The book also contains a wide and original range of ecumenical considerations of the council, including by and in relation to Free Church, Reformed, Orthodox, and Anglican perspectives. Finally, it considers the Council’s ongoing promise and remaining challenges with regard to ecumenical issues, including a groundbreaking essay on the future of ecumenical dialogue by Cardinal Walter Kasper.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Vladimir Latinovic
    • 1
  • Gerard Mannion
    • 2
  • Jason Welle, O.F.M.
    • 3
  1. 1.University of TübingenTübingenGermany
  2. 2.Department of TheologyGeorgetown UniversityWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic StudiesRomeItaly

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