Academic journal article Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Silvia Scatena, Taize: Le Origini Della Comunita E L'attesa del Concilio

Academic journal article Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Silvia Scatena, Taize: Le Origini Della Comunita E L'attesa del Concilio

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Silvia Scatena, Taize: Le origini della comunita e l'attesa del concilio. Christianity and History Series of the John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies in Bologna 10. Zurich and Munster: LIT Verlag, 2011. Pp. 143. Paper.

In recent decades, the world has come to know the ecumenical community of Taize, established near the ancient monastic foundations of Cluny. Roger Schutz, deeply impressed by the great deficiency of the church because of its lack of visible oneness, drew the admiration and emulation of many, including Catholic popes. Scatena presents the reader with a survey of major influences on Schutz, accentuating two periods: 1936-42 (his years of training in Lausanne and Strasbourg and the challenges of World War I1) and 1959-62 (ferment immediately preceding Vatican II). One of the most revelatory influences on Schutz was the importance of the "spirit of Port-Royal," the community of seventeenth-century French Jansenists that included such figures as Pascal. During his early academic life as a graduate student, Schutz had written a major dissertation about this devout intentional community of intellectuals; much of his future direction reflects their growing mark on his later ecumenical endeavors. …

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