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Transforming Identities: Reformed Churches And The Petrine Dialogue

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Reformed churches have difficulty in accepting imbalanced emphases applied to the offices of ministry, especially in the papal office. Reformed churches also experience ecclesiological difficulty with Roman Catholicism concerning the tension between stability and change or maintenance and reform. It fulfills a more corporate or collective type of episcope that is directed at a more pastoral episcopacy, which inevitably imposes impediments on the way of the Petrine dialogue. There is a rich papal tradition that consistently and actively engages Roman Catholic believers in understanding, interpreting, and responding to a vast array of critical issues in society. The ecumenical struggle and the new dialogue in which creative avenues are explored must give way to transformation and service in the church and society through the new witness by two churches as they grapple with the problems of the Petrine office. Reformed and Roman Catholic Christians discern problematic aspects within the Petrine office.

Keywords: papal office; Petrine dialogue; Reformed Churches; Roman Catholic

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