Ecclesiology and Ecumenism


Rev. Dr Simon Wayte MGL
Very Rev. Denis Stanley EV
Semester 2, 2020
Monday 10.00am – 1.00pm
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.

Census Date

Tuesday 18 August


one unit of Philosophy, Biblical Studies or Church History is recommended


face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester


  • two 500-word seminars 2 x 10%
  • one 2,000-word essay 50%
  • one 1-hour written examination (1,000 words) 30% 


  • 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, MD: Sheed & Ward, 2007.
  • Doyle, Dennis M. Communion Ecclesiology: Vision and Versions. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2000.
  • Dulles, Avery. Magisterium: Teacher and Guardian of the Faith. Introduction to Catholic Doctrine. 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, 1998.
  • Kasper, Walter. The Catholic Church: Nature, Reality and Mission. Translated by Thomas Hoebel. London: Bloomsbury T. & T. Clark, 2015.
  • McPartlan, Paul. Sacrament of Salvation: An Introduction to Eucharistic Ecclesiology. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1995
  • Nichols, Aidan. Figuring Out the Church: Her Marks, and Her Masters. San Francisco: Ignatius, 2013.