Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

From Malines to ARCIC: The Malines Conversations Commemorated

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

From Malines to ARCIC: The Malines Conversations Commemorated

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From Malines to ARCIC: The Malines Conversations Commemorated. Edited by A. Denaux in collaboration with J. Dick. [Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium, CXXX.] (Leuven, Belgium: Leuven University Press/Uitgeverij Peeters. 1997. Pp. ix, 317. BE 1,800 paperback.)

This volume, comprising essays in English or in French, is the outcome of a commemoration of the five conversations between a few Catholic and Anglican theologians that took place in Malines under the responsibility of Cardinal Desire Mercier between 1921 and 1926. This, however, is the topic of Part I: it includes a historical survey of the conversations, by Emmanuel Lanne, two texts presented during the conversations, notably Lambert Beauduin's paper,"The Anglican Church, United, Not Absorbed" (1925), a Report on the meetings (1927), an annotated bibliography by John Dick, in which his volume The Malines Conversations Revisited (1989) occupies a surprising amount of space, and an essay on "Ecumenical Contacts between Belgium and England since the Malines Conversations," by Adelbert Denaux.

Part II examines the dialogues that followed Vatican Council II, namely, the work of ARCIC (Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission:FI (1969-1981) and -II (since 1981), on the assumption that they were made possible largely by the experience of Malines. This section is, however, unequal. aA Brief History of ARCIC," by Denaux, is more complete and exact for ARCIC-Il, of which the author became a member in 1993, than for ARCIC-I. The Preparatory Commission, with its three meetings (1967-1968), receives only fifteen lines, is not analyzed, and its membership is not even indicated. Nonetheless, its Malta Report (1968) set the perspective, methodology, and ecclesiology of ARCIC-I. …

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