When the Faith and Order Commission asked the Churches if they could recognise the faith of the Church in the text
Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry, it effectively changed the way they participated in the ecumenical movement. The question about recognition was subtle and Churches are still trying to grasp its implications. Gerard Kelly's book is the first serious study of the notion of recognition. He shows that it can no longer be considered primarily in juridical terms and that it now has a theological content which contributes to the ecumenical understanding of what it means to be recognised by the Church.