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Lutheran and Catholic Reconciliation on Justification
A Chronology of the Holy See's Contributions, 1961-1999, to a New Relationship between Lutherans and Catholics and to Steps Leading to the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification
PAPERBACK; Published: 7/28/2009
ISBN: 978-0-8028-4860-4
246 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 X 9
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After centuries of estrangement between Lutherans and Catholics, new relationships began at Vatican II and continued to develop during the following decades. In this broader context, Lutheran and Catholic Reconciliation on Justification illuminates the evolution of the 1999 Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. While describing the steps leading to the Declaration as mutually understood by both partners and showing the important Lutheran initiatives indispensable for those steps, John Radano pays particular attention to the Holy See's contributions.

Part I illustrates initial contacts beginning with Lutheran observers at Vatican II. Before the Council's conclusion in 1965, a Lutheran- Catholic "Joint Working Group" was formed and dialogue was engaged. In Part II Radano describes how mutual understanding and respect developed in the immediate postconciliar period. By 1972, Lutheran-Catholic dialogue reported a "far-reaching consensus" on justification. Part III, corresponding to the first decade of John Paul II's pontificate, indicates that continuing dialogues gradually deepened and confirmed the justification consensus. Indeed, John Paul's own broad contacts with the Lutheran world helped build bonds of friendship and reconciliation. Part IV traces the steps taken by both sides in 1988û1999 to draft and officially sign the Declaration, and it describes the three-day celebration in Augsburg surrounding the signing ceremony.

An afterword tracks the reception of the Declaration since the 1999 signing, including support by Benedict XVI. Most especially, Radano details the World Methodist Council's official affirmation of the Declaration in 2006, highlighting the document's truly ecumenical nature.
REVIEWS
Cardinal Walter Kasper
president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
"For those who wish to know how it came about and what it means, Monsignor Radano's book on the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification is essential reading. As head of the Western Section of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Jack Radano had an inside view of the process, and his knowledge is precise and objective. His personal ecumenical experience over decades makes him an excellent judge of the ecclesial and ecumenical importance of the Joint Declaration in its lasting influence on the quest for Christian unity."
Jared Wicks, S.J.
John Carroll University
"John Radano gives a moving formulation of the shared confession of faith and the doctrine that is the heart of the Joint Declaration. . . This welcome addition to ecumenical studies narrates a significant case of the Catholic Church's present role in the ecumenical movement as a major player. . . Some Catholics doubt the doctrinal accuracy of what the Joint Declaration affirms on justification. Radano's book should give them pause, for he shows that the Declaration's text arose in a process in which those holding the Catholic teaching office participated in sustained ways."

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