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Eating Together, Becoming One

Eating Together, Becoming One

Thomas O'Loughlin

ISBN: 9780814684580, 8458
Details: 168 pgs , 6 x 9
Publication Date: 12/15/2019


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In November 2015, Pope Francis called on theologians to explore whether normal Catholic practice should be changed to allow Christians, belonging to other churches, to share fully at the table when they take part in a Eucharist celebrated by Catholics. Thomas O'Loughlin provides his contribution to that challenge in this volume. He argues that the various ways of thinking about what we are doing in the liturgy should lead us to see intercommunion as enhancing our participation in the mystery of the Church and the mystery we celebrate.

Thomas O'Loughlin is professor of historical theology at the University of Nottingham, UK. He uses the tools of the historian to look afresh at how we ask and answer theological problems. O'Loughlin was elected president of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain in 2016. He is the author of The Rites and Wrongs of Liturgy: Why Good Liturgy Matters and Washing Feet: Imitating the Example of Jesus in Liturgy Today, both from Liturgical Press.

"Do not be deceived. This book is about a lot more than Eucharistic sharing among Christians. It is indeed about sharing communion, but O'Loughlin also provides excellent ecumenical and Eucharistic theology to back up his bold proposals for Catholic Eucharistic hospitality. We desperately need this kind of forward-looking thinking today. I recommend it highly to pastoral ministers, theologians and ministerial students—in fact to anyone concerned with the issue of Eucharistic sharing."
John F. Baldovin, SJ, Professor of Historical and Liturgical Theology, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

"In his usual eminently readable style, Thomas O'Loughlin presents forceful arguments on why Christians from different churches should share in communion with one another as they journey together that challenge all to serious reflection."
Paul F. Bradshaw, Emeritus Professor of Liturgy, University of Notre Dame