Christoph Theobald sj

Unification of Churches, a real possibility. The eight theses of Heinrich Fries and Karl Rahner, revisited thirty-two years later

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Keywords: Ecumenism; Karl Rahner; Ecumenical Agreements; Church; Protestantism and Catholicism.

The article addresses the eight theses of Heinrich Fries and Karl Rahner, published in 1983 to demonstrate that the unification of Churches was henceforth a real possibility. Their brief presentation and analysis (1) is followed by a re-examination situating them in the context of the 1980s and measuring the cultural distance that separates us from them (2). Within the framework of this historical background, the article highlights and discusses the 'model of unity' proposed by these theses (3) and, in conclusion, pursues a 'kairological' reading of history, questioning the 'heuristic virtue' of this model in the ecumenical circumstances of today.

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