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A Much Needed Place: Reflections on Tantur Rector Donald Nicholl (1923-1997)

A Much Needed Place: Reflections on Tantur Rector Donald Nicholl (1923-1997)

Catholic Times contributor Chris McDonnell writes on the legacy of Tantur Rector Donald Nicholl.

 

I write of a place and a person. The place is on the edge of southern Jerusalem, the Tantur Ecumenical Institute, the person is Donald Nicholl.

 

The vision for such a place came about in the 60s following the Vatican Council where both Anglican and Protestant observers were welcomed in their attendance. Paul VI, successor of the visionary John XXIII, who first called the Council, dreamed of an ecumenical institute to continue their discussions. The following year, in 1964, the Patriarch Athenagoras met with Paul VI on the Mount of Olives and so began an opening between the Western Church and that of the East. Their meeting was to culminate when the two leaders would lift the bans of excommunication that had been in effect since the Great Schism of 1054, an extraordinary event. Jerusalem became the obvious place for an institute to further this new relationship. Read More