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The Ecumenism Of Antonio Gramsci

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This chapter focuses on four areas of Antonio Gramsci's writings, namely ecumenism, the politics of a global Church, the organic or democratic intellectual, and, finally, the possibilities for communist change which he draws from the moral and intellectual reform of the Reformation. Gramsci's ecumenism provides a way forward, drawing out what is implicit in Lefebvre's predilection for heresies. For, in following paths around the singularity that the Roman-Catholic notion of catholicity assumes in its definition, in sidestepping the process of exclusion that catholicity assumed in the self-definition of the Church of Rome, Gramsci emerges on the other side with a catholicity that is inclusive rather than exclusive, seeking allies rather than heretics.

Keywords: Antonio Gramsci; catholicity; ecumenism; global Church politics; Protestant Reformation



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