by: Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio

This very limited bibliography was used in a Master’s level course taught in the University of Dallas’s Institute of Religious and Pastoral Studies(IRPS) from 1994 to 2001. Call numbers are those of the Univ. of Dallas library. The abbreviation IRPSL means that as of 2001, the book was available also from the IRPS library. Many patristic writings and church documents can be viewed or downloaded free from a variety of world-wide-web sites. There is also a scholarly journal dedicated to ecumenism you might want to browse: Journal of Ecumenical Studies published by Temple University Press (BQT 3 .J6e35). The journal Pro Ecclesia also includes many fine articles on ecumenical issues.


American Theological Library Association. The Ecumenical Movement: A Bibliography Selected from the ATLA Religion Databases. Chicago: American Theological Library Association, 1983. Good research tool for serious scholarship. Blakley Ref. BQT 403.5 E3.

Amerio, Romano. Iota Unum: A Study of Changes in the Catholic Church in the Xxth Century. Kansas City, MO: Sarto House, 1966. A critique of Vatican II and post Vatican II ecumenism from the arch-traditionalist perspective of an ally of Archbishop Lefebvre.

Arinze, Francis Cardinal. Meeting Other Believers: The Rules and Rewards of Interreligious Dialogue. Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 1998. Isbn 0-87973-949-5. On talking to non-Christians.

Bea, Augustin Cardinal. The Unity of Christians. Ed. by B. Leeming. New York: Herder and Herder, 1963. BQT 403 .B36. 231pp. By the first head of the Secretariat for Christian Unity.

Bea, Augustin Cardinal. The Way to Unity after the Council. New York: Herder and Herder, 1967. BQT 403.5 .B38. 256pp. Takes as its starting point the council documents.

Congar, Yves. Dialogue Between Christians: Catholic Contributions to Ecumenism. Trans. P. Loretz. Westminster MD: Newman, 1966. By an ecumenical pioneer. 472pp. BQT 403.5 .C5E.

Congar, Yves. Diversity and Communion. Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 1985. BQT 403.5 C66. Touches on east-west as well as Catholic-Protestant issues. 232pp.

Congar, Yves. Ecumenism and the Future of the Church. Chicago: Priory, 1967. BQT 403.5 .CeE.

Cross, F. J. and E. A. Livingstone, eds. The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, 2d ed. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 1974. Add this to your personal library if you can. By Anglicans, it is nonetheless useful for Catholics and is particularly good on historical matters.BR95 .08 1983 and BQT .09.

Dulles, Avery R. “Dogma as an Ecumenical Problem.” In The Survival of Dogma, 152-170. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1971. By a former Protestant who is now a Catholic ecumenical theologian. BQT248 .D8 (2 copies).

Dulles, Avery R. “Ecumenism and the Search for Doctrinal Agreement.” In The Reshaping of Catholicism, 227-245. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1988. BQT129.2.D9 R4.

Dulles, Avery R. Models of the Church. 2nd ed. NY: Doubleday, 1984.

Dulles, Avery R. The Resilient Church. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1977. Contains several important articles: “Ecumenical Strategies for a Pluralistic Age (173-190),” “Eucharistic Sharing as an Ecumenical Problem” (153-172), “Changing Concepts of Church Membership” (133-152), and “Toward the Mutual Recognition of Members: An Affirmation” (196-198). BQX1150.4 .D8.

Dulles, Avery R. Revelation and the Quest for Unity. Washington, DC: Corpus, 1968. 325p. Index. A collection of essays on Scripture, Tradition, and Ecumenism. BQT 403.5 D8.

Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches. Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry. Faith and Order Paper #111 (“Lima Document”). Geneva: World Council of Churches, 1982. ISBN 2-82540709-7. Only 33 pages long, this document is probably the most significant consensus agreement ever produced by the Faith and Order Commission of the WCC.

History of the Ecumenical Movement, 2 vols. 2d ed. Vol 1: 1517-1948, ed. Ruth Rouse and Stephen C. Neill. Vol 2: 1948-1968, ed. Harold E. Fey. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1967 & 1970. Standard reference work. Vol 1 838pp, Vol 2 508pp. BQT 403.5 .R62.

John Paul II, Pope. Addresses and Homilies on Ecumenism, 1978-1980. Ed. J. Sheerin and J. Hotchkin. Washington: USCC, 1980. BQX 1141 J63 E2.

Leeming, Bernard. The Vatican Council and Christian Unity: A Commentary on the Decree on Ecumenism. NY: Harper and Row, 1966. IRPS Library.

Leith, John H., ed. Creeds of the Churches. 3rd ed. Louisville: John Knox, 1982. Contains all major creedal statements of Catholic and Protestant Churches in their entirety. BQT141 .L4 1982.

Lossky, Nicolas et al., eds. Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1991. 1196 pp. Fantastic! Blakley Ref BQT 403.5 D53L6 1991.

Macquarrie, John. Christian Unity and Christian Diversity. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1975.

Meyer, Harding and Lukas Vischer. Growth in Agreement: Reports and Agreed statements of Ecumenical Conversations on a World Level. NY: Paulist, 1984. BQT 418 G7. Contains all the reports of dialogues between Catholic & Non-Catholic churches and non-Catholics among themselves. 514pp

Neuner, Josef, SJ and Jacques Dupuis, SJ, eds. The Christian Faith: Doctrinal Documents of the Catholic Church. 6th ed. New York: Alba, 1995. Contains many of the Church’s doctrinal pronouncements topically organized in English. More complete than the Latin Denzinger-Schon. 6th ed due 1996. BQT217.4 .N42 1975.

* New Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1967. Best starting point on just about everything ecclesiastical. Often found in the reference sections of many public libraries and state college libraries. Bran. Ref. BQT6 .C385.

O’Brien, Thomas C., ed. The Corpus Dictionary of Western Churches. Washington: Corpus, 1970. 820pp. Concise but authoritative info on beliefs, practices, and forms of various Christian groups in the Western world, with special emphasis on N. America. Braniff Ref. BQX 31, C602.

Paton, David M., ed. Breaking the Barriers: Nairobi 1975: The Official Report of the Fifth Assembly of the World Council of Churches. Geneva: World Council of Churches, 1976.

Stransky, Thomas F. and John B. Sheerin, eds. Doing the Truth in Charity: Statements of Pope Paul VI, Popes John Paul I, John Paul II and the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity 1964-1980. NY: Paulist, 1982. BQX 1141 J3D6 1982. IRPSL. 366pp. Covers relations with Orthodox, Protestants, Jews.

Sullivan, Francis A, S.J. Salvation Outside the Church?: Tracing the History of the Catholic Response. Mahwah, NJ: 1992.

Tanner, Norman P., SJ, ed. Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils. 2 vols. Washington, DC: Georgetown Univ. Press, 1990. The complete text of all the documents of all the ecumenical councils in their original language as well as in English. BQX 175 .D4 T3 1990.

Tavard, George. Two Centuries of Ecumenism. Trans. Royce Hughes. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1960. BQT 403 T23E 1978. 239pp. Manageable history of the ecumenical movement.

Visser’t Hooft, Willem A, ed. The New Delhi Report: The Third World Assembly of the World Council of Churches. New York: Association Press, 1962.

Whalen, William J. Separated Brethren: A Survey of Protestant, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox and Other Denominations in the US. Rev. ed. Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 1979. IRPSL. 252 p., bibliographies, index, statistics. Cults also included. Very handy and affordable. 1sted BQX 4329 .A3 W2.


Borelli, John and John H. Erickson, eds. The Quest for Unity: Orthodox and Catholics in Dialogue. St Vladimir=s Press and the USCC, 1996. The documents of the joint International Commission as well as the US Consultation from 1965 to 1995. Isbn 0-88141-113-2. BX 324.3 o47 1996.

Congar, Yves. After Nine Hundred Years. NY: Fordham Univ. Press, 1959. On East-West Schism. BQX 5828 .C7.

Cutsinger, James S., ed. Reclaiming the Great Tradition: Evangelicals, Catholics, & Orthodox in Dialogue. Downers Grove, IL: 1997. Contains discussion of the filioque problem, among others.

Dvornik, Francis. Byzantium and the Roman Primacy. NY: Fordham, 1966. 176 p. Index. BQX 5428 .D8E. By one of the greatest Catholic scholars of East-West relations.

Dvornik, Francis. The Photian Schism: History and Legend. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1959. BQX 5744 .D9. 503p. Bibliography, index.

Eno, Robert B., S.S. The Rise of the Papacy. Theology and Life Series, no. 32. Wilmington, DE: Michael Glazier, 1990. By a very meticulous and reputable Catholic church historian. BX 970 .56 1990.

Etteldorf, Raymond. The Catholic Church in the Middle East. NY: Macmillan.

Gregorios, Paulos, et al., eds. Does Chalcedon Divide or Unite? Towards Convergence in Orthodox Christology. Geneva: World Council of Churches, 1981. Isbn 2-8254-0681-3. 156pp.

Haugh, Richard. Photius and the Carolingians: The Trinitarian Controversy. Belmont, MA: Nordland Publishing Co., 1975. Explores the filioque controversy between West and East. BQT 572 H35.

Maloney, George. A History of Orthodox Theology Since 1453. Belmont, MA: Nordland, 1976. BQX 5811 M38.

Maximos IV Sayegh, Patriarch, ed. The Eastern Churches and Catholic Unity. NY: Herder and Herder, 1963. 237p. BQX 5428 .M46. Edited by a Catholic Melchite Patriarch famous for his important interventions at Vatican II.

Meyendorff, John. Byzantine Theology: Historical Trends and Doctrinal Themes. NY: Fordham, 1979. 243p. BQX 5811 M47.

Meyendorff, John et al. The Primacy of Peter in the Orthodox Church. Bedfordshire, UK: Faith Press, 1973. Four essays. 134p. BQX 5816 P7514.

Nellas, Panayiotis. Deification in Christ: Orthodox Perspectives on the Nature of the Human Person. Trans by Norman Russell. 254p.

Nichols, Aidan, OP. Rome and the Eastern Churches. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1992. Index, bibliographies, 338pp. ISBN 0-8146-5019-8. Systematic account of origins, development and recent history of relations between Rome and all separated Eastern churches. BX324.3 .N52 1992.

Oriental Orthodox Churches in the U.S. Washington: USCC, 1995. 32pp. BT 706 .O75 1995

Pelican, Jaroslav. The Spirit of Eastern Christendom (600-1700). Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1974. UD BQT .P4 v.2 & v.3.

Roberson, Ronald, G., CSP. The Eastern Christian Churches: A Brief Survey. 5th ed. Rome: Editioni Orientalia Christiana, 1995. 252pp., index of churches and their heads, appendices on recent relations between Catholic and separated eastern churches. Good bibliography as well as relatively current statistics on each eastern church. Available from USCC. BX4710.33 .R83 1992.

Roccasalvo, Joan L. The Eastern Catholic Churches: An Introduction to Their Worship and Spirituality. American Essays in Liturgy. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.

Runciman, Steven. The Eastern Schism: A Study of the Papacy and the Eastern Churches During the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries. Focuses on the cultural and historical causes of the schism.

Schatz, Klaus, S.J. Papal Primacy: From its Origins to the Present. Collegeville: Liturgical, 1996. BX 1805 .S3413 1996. The Papacy is the thorniest issue between Orthodox and Catholics. This books attempts to provide a comprehensive history of the primacy. 208 pp.

Sherrard, Philip. Church, Papacy, and Schism: A Theological Enquiry. 116p. Paper. Critique of Roman Catholic ecclesiology as diverging from the patristic vision of the Church. Sees the main problem as ecclesiological with roots in Christology.

Sherrard, Philip. The Greek East and the Latin West: A Study in the Christian Tradition. 212p. Tries to describe Eastern & Western Christianity as two ways of seeing, two distinct world-views.

Stormon, E.J. Toward the Healing of Schism: The Sees of Rome and Constantinople. Public Statements and Correspondence Between the Holy See and the Ecumenical Patriarchate 1958-1984. NY: Paulist, 1987. BQX 5028 .T69 1987.

Taft, Robert. Beyond East & West: Problems in Liturgical Understanding. Washington, DC: Pastoral Press, 1984.

Taft, Robert F. The Byzantine Rite: A Short History. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1992. Concentrates on the period between 527 and 843. Only 84pp., but detailed scholarship. BX4711.12 .T34 1992.

Taft, Robert. Eastern-Rite Catholicism: its Heritage and Vocation. Glen Rock, NJ: Paulist, 1963.

Ware, Timothy. The Orthodox Church. 2d ed. New York & London: Penguin, 1993. The standard intro to the beliefs, history, and practices of the Orthodox Churches. Index, bibliog, 358pp.

Ware, Timothy. The Orthodox Way. 2nd ed. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir Seminary Press, 1996. BQX5811 .W3 1964.

Zizioulas, John D. Being as Communion: Studies in Personhood and the Church. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1985. 269p. This Orthodox theologian proposes what de Lubac and other Catholic Ressourcement thinkers also proposed: recovery of patristic ecclesiology for the renewal of the Church today having potential for East-West reconciliation. BQT 1339 .Z5 B4.


Anderson, H. George et al., eds. The One Mediator, The Saints, and Mary: Lutherans and Catholics in Dialogue VIII. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1992. The Common Statement of the U.S. Lutheran-RC Dialogue with background papers by scholars such as Avery Dulles, Carl Peter, & Joseph Fitzmyer. 397 p. IRPSL.

Anderson, H. George et al., eds. Justification by Faith: Lutherans and Catholics in Dialogue VII. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1985. The Common Statement of the U.S. Lutheran-RC Dialogue with background papers by scholars such as Avery Dulles, Carl Peter, Joseph Fitzmyer, & George Lindbeck. 381 p. BQT 1186 J27. IRPS library.

Bainton, Roland. Here I Stand. New York: Mentor Paperback [New American Library], 1978. Classic biography of Luther.

Balthasar, Hans Urs von. In the Fullness of Faith: On the Centrality of the Distinctively Catholic. San Francisco: Ignatius. Virtually every aspect of Catholicism which poses a stumbling block to non-Catholics is treated and shown to be rooted in the most basic Christian truths. BX9 .B32513 1988.

Bouyer, Louis. The Word, Church & Sacraments in Protestantism and Catholicism. New York: Desclée, 1961. Bouyer is a former Lutheran pastor turned Catholic priest. Here he deals with Protestant objections to Catholic sacramentalism. BQT238 .B6.

Boettner, Loraine. Roman Catholicism. Philadelphia: Presbyterian and Reformed Press, 1962. Source of much of the anti-Catholic prejudice to be still found among some Fundamentalists today. Very poorly documented, but instructive for understanding Fundamentalist misconceptions of Catholicism. BQT508 .B64.

Brilioth, Yngve. Eucharistic Faith and Practice: Evangelical and Catholic. Trans. A.G. Hebert. London: SPCK, 1961. Call from a Lutheran archbishop-scholar for all Christians to rediscover centrality of the Eucharist. Exposition of eucharistic teaching of different confessions: Catholic, Lutheran, Reformed. Op.

Butler, Scott et al. Jesus, Peter & the Keys: A Scriptural Handbook on the Papacy. Santa Barbara: Queenship, 1996. 1-882972-54-6. 431p. Massive evidence from scripture, contemporary Protestant exegetes, and Fathers of the Church concerning the scriptural foundation of the papacy.

Called to Full Unity: Documents on Anglican-Roman Catholic Relations, 1966-1983. Washington: USCC. 360pp. BQT 416 A582C2.

Carey, George. A Tale of Two Churches: Can Protestants and Catholics Get Together? Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1985. By a theologian who became Archbishop of Canterbury.

Chadwick, Owen. The Reformation. Pelican History of the Church, vol 3. Penguin, 1964. Excellent but inexpensive paperback history of the period. Enjoyable to read. BR305.2 .C5 1972 & BQX 835 C52 1972.

Colson, Charles and Richard John Neuhaus, eds. Evangelicals and Catholics Together: Toward a Common Mission. Dallas: Word Publishing, 1995. 084-993-8600. BR1641.C37 E94 1995.

Cullmann, Oscar. Unity Through Diversity. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1988.
Empie, Paul and T. Austin Murphy, eds. Lutherans & Catholics in Dialogue Series. Status of the Nicene Creed as Dogma of the Church (1965), One Baptism for the Remission of Sins (1966), and Eucharist as Sacrifice (1967). These three are BQT 414 L8 vols 1-3. Eucharist and Ministry (1970, BQT 2913.2 E77), Papal Primacy and the Universal Church (1974, BQX 115.P24), Teaching Authority and Infallibility in the Church (1980, BQT 2913.2 E77), The One Mediator, the Saints and Mary (1992). Minneapolis: Augsburg Press. Common statements worked out under the auspices of The Lutheran World Federation=s USA National Committee & National Conference of Catholic Bishops (USA) Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. Contain superb background papers by some of the best Lutheran and Catholic scholars in the US. IRPSL and BQT 249 T38.

Fournier, Keith. Evangelical Catholics. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1990. 223 p. A Catholic charismatic deacon argues that the phrase Aevangelical Catholic@ is not a contradiction in terms. Some personal testimony as well as proposals for ecumenism between evangelical Protestants & Catholics. IRPS library.

Fournier, Keith. A House United?: Evangelicals and Catholics Together. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1994. 368 p. IRPSL. Covers same ground as his earlier book Evangelical Catholics.

Geisler, Norman L. and Ralph E. MacKenzie. Roman Catholics and Evangelicals: Agreements and Differences. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1995. 538 pp with index. Does not understand Catholic doctrine very well, but helpful for understanding a common evangelical view of Catholicism. IRPS library.

Hastings, C. Brownlow. Harmony among Christians: A Model Other Than Structural Unity. Louisville, KY: Glad River Publications, 1992.

Howard, Thomas. Evangelical is Not Enough: Worship of God in Liturgy and Sacrament. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1984. Author tells of his own journey from evangelical to liturgical Christianity describing the liturgy with the freshness of someone discovering it for the first time. BV15 .H72 1984.

Keating, Karl. Catholicism and Fundamentalism. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1988. A great chapter refuting Protestant sola scriptura and defending Tradition as authoritative witness to revelation. BQT 217.4 K25.

Kocik, Thomas M. Apostolic Succession in an Ecumenical Context. Alba, 1996. BV 665 .K68 1996.

Lehmann, Karl and Wolfhart Pannenberg, eds. The Condemnations of the Reformation Era. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1990. Discusses the contemporary status of the anathemas and excommunications that Protestants and Catholics hurled at one another. Out of print.

Macquarrie, John. Mary for all Christians. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1990. 160p. A collections of essays presented by an eminent Anglican theologian to the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Ratzinger, Cardinal Joseph. Church, Ecumenism and Politics: New Essays in Ecclesiology. New York: Crossroad, 1988. BXT302 .R3513 1988.

Schreck, Alan. Catholic and Christian: An Explanation of Commonly Misunderstood Catholic Beliefs. Ann Arbor, MI: Servant, 1984. Demonstrates biblical foundation for Catholic beliefs. BX1752 .S4 1984.

Tavard, George H. A Review of Anglican Orders: The Problem and the Solution. Collegeville: Liturgical Press. 170pp. BR 145.2 .W53 1995.

Tavard, George H. Justification: an Ecumenical Study. NY: Paulist, 1983. Justification is one key issue that has seemingly divided Catholics and Protestants for 450 years. 137pp. BQT 1128 T38.

Thurian, Max. Baptism and Eucharist: Ecumenical Convergence in Celebration. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1983. Faith & Order. BQT 444 B3.

U.S. Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue: Justification by Faith. Origins (6 October, 1983): 277-304. Periodicals BQT3 .V57.


Arias, Mortimer and Alan Johnson. The Great Commission: Biblical Models for Evangelism. Abingdon Press, 1992.

Bertolucci, John. Share the Good News. Boston: Pauline. A brief 28pp. “how-to” booklet by a very effective priest-evangelist. Opt.

Boyack, Keneth. The New Catholic Evangelization. New York: Paulist, 1992. Collections of essays by various authors such as John Haughey, SJ and Archbishop Francis George.

DiNoia, J. A., OP. The Diversity of Religions. Washington: Catholic University Press, 1992. Offers valuable insights into the whys and hows of Catholic regard for and dialogue with non-Christian religions and of the issue of the salvation of non-Christians. BR 127 .D56 1992.

DiOrio, Ralph A., ed. A Miracle to Proclaim. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books, 1991. Collection of personal testimonies of physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Opt.

Gumble, Nicky. Telling Others: The Alpha Initiative. Colorado Springs: David C. Cook Ministries, 1997. This book outlines the most successful evangelization process I know of in the world today, the Alpha course.

Gumble, Nicky. Questions of Life. Colorado Springs: David C. Cook Ministries, 1997. This is the Alpha Course content in book form.

Kreeft, Peter. Fundamentals of the Faith: Essays in Christian Apologetics. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1988. 300pp. Common-sense exposition of Catholic beliefs. Excellent for anyone, even non-Christians. BT 1102 .K72.

Martin, Ralph and Peter Williamson, eds. John Paul II and the New Evangelization. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1995. 296 pp. Theological foundation, ecumenical implications, and practical “how to” of Catholic evangelism. Articles by various authors on varied related topics. Excellent. BV2160 .J64.

May, William E., ed. The Church’s Mission of Evangelization. Steubenville, OH: Franciscan University Press, 1996. Essays by various contributors including Dr. Mark Lowery. Opt.

McDonnell, Kilian, OSB. Toward a New Pentecost, For a New Evangelization. Malines Document 1, Second Edition. Collegeville: Liturgical Press.

Muhlen, Heribert. A Charismatic Theology: Initiation in the Holy Spirit. NY: Paulist, 1978. 360pp. Seminar course to lead Christians to deeper life in the Holy Spirit. Good pastoral tool for adult ed. BQT 587 M7613.

O’Brien, Fr. John A., ed. Winning Converts. San Diego: Catholic Answers, 1996. The original was published in 1948. Fascinating for what this can tell us of how Catholic evangelization operated in the USA prior to the Second Vatican Council.

NCCB Committee on Evangelization. Go and Make Disciples: National Plan & Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the USA. Washington: USCC, 1993. 24pp, BQT 3415 .G6 1993.

Wagner, C. Peter. Leading Your Church to Growth. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1984. By one of the foremost authorities on church growth in the Evangelical world. Opt.

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