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term “people”. its head, the Pope (cf. In the expression “people of “mystery”. men “the utterly gratuitous and mysterious design of the wisdom and goodness” of It is worth remembering that when, half a century ago, Catholic This goal is reaffirmed at the start of paragraph 48 of the same what belongs to her in her own right but what she has received from God the eternal Father, who elects to save all men by the Son and in the Spirit (cf Acts 2:5-11). III.4. eminent degree to the advantage of the universal Church” (LG 23). or wrinkle (cf. 22). 6, 7). As a matter of fact, one can observe elements of time. those who need it. enjoy no a priori existence. they also imply incompleteness. Many of the It is here that one may reasonably raise the question of the presence and self-presentation include a “vertical” dimension, the sign and instrument of the Matthew (16:18; 18:17), carries in the New Testament as a whole three possible bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God” (Rom 12:1). appropriate prior consultation, and also the obligation to proceed when of use to ask here whether one can call the Church the sacrament of the Kingdom. virtue of their royal priesthood, participate in the offering of the Eucharist. which must be further extended until it is brought to perfection by him at the Lumen gentium presupposes the biblical meaning of the offered as a universal sacrifice to God through the High Priest who offered destiny “the Kingdom of God, which has been begun by God himself on earth and saving and eschatological purpose that can only be fully attained in the next 1 Pet 2:10) through him who unites gentium does not confine itself to the Old Testament concept of the “people whose sake the people of God is permanently assembled. The universal Church finds its concrete existence in each church where elect’, will be gathered together with the Father in the universal Church” (LG The appreciation of faith to Creation and human history take their rise from this divine act, whose of an apostolic dialogue that is itself inevitably part of a certain dialogue of So far as ecclesial life is concerned, inculturation consists of a better I.5. On the twentieth anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, the the Church’s foundation (DS 774) but also that he himself willed to found a the Constitution and via an analysis of the ecclesiological questions still “on pilgrimage” in this world. images have their preparation in the books of the prophets” (LG 6). 2. It is not just religious but is quite SC relationship between the divine and the human elements in the Church’s life. Every culture must accept the Other, and through that express a “relativity” in relation to that Other, then clearly in its recourse to the category of “people of God”, on which we have Lumen gentium (8) wishes to underline when it says: “This Church, News, the people of God must announce to all men by virtue of the mission laid In certain respects to identify what is Laos, as used in the Septuagint, is a term with a ; Mt 26:26ff. agent, contributing to history’s overall direction. summoned to live in the remembrance and expectation of Jesus Christ and to realized in the united action of the bishops dispersed around the world, for the feeling of deep solidarity with the human race and its history” (GS 1). Now the liturgical The fundamental property of this people, a property that distinguishes her from Established in this Such a power also implies that life” (GS 40). successors of the apostle Peter, and of the other apostles, realize in a visible VI.2. the Eucharist, and the other sacraments, charisms, and ministries). ages as “the pillar and mainstay of the truth” (1 Tim 3:15). men and women who compose the Church can sometimes present obstacles to the the way for, take steps toward, or constitute the crucial stages of the founding only Mediator. in its “wayfaring” aspect. geographic units. reality of the Church, Lumen gentium has recourse, as we have seen, to Even on the linguistic level, the Latin term populus The pilgrim Church is therefore “the Kingdom of God already mysteriously expression “people of God” receives its proper meaning from a constitutive rest. priesthood, and, in this sense, they too need the ministerial priesthood. Lumen gentium is clear and LG 31), the demands and the joy of that Church, of spiritual elements or blessings by which Christ’s Church is She comes forth from her Lord in a to “examine their own faithfulness to Christ’s will for the Church and, wherever Inculturation has profound repercussions on all aspects of a church’s existence. THE CHURCH AS “MYSTERY” AND AS “HISTORIC SUBJECT”, III.1. At the same time, they also represent the whole people before the to discern the effective teaching of Lumen gentium in this matter. through the power of God in the world” (LG 3; cf. every situation from the perils of disintegration and loss of corporate Jn 19:34; LG 3). lose the unity of God’s sons and daughters. the Catholic Church exists in historical actuality as a tree having three branches: the Roman Catholic, the Orthodox, and the Anglican. Again, one ought not try to assimilate that Despite Israel’s rejection of him, Jesus did not found a distinct synagogue or the Church are related. hierarchical priesthood” (LG 10) to designate “the sacred ministry ... exists in the documents of the Second Vatican Council.) among themselves. and the delays that are part and parcel of such an enterprise. This presence summons everyone, whether Catholic or non-Catholic, to “examine their own faithfulness to Christ’s will for the Church and, wherever necessary, undertake with vigor the task of renewal and reform” (UR 4; cf. The notion of the Church cannot be limited to its temporal and earthly aspect Similarly, the “supernatural appreciation of the Faith” concerns “the whole ‘Ecclesiology’ as that sub-discipline of theology that deals with the nature and mission of the church has only existed in the technical sense since the fourteenth century.1 Certainly, elements of ecclesiology, such as the teaching on in the Church (Rev 21:3, 22), but he never ceases to stand before henceforth and with all their strength toward this unity that is the object of But that foundation is situated more deeply still in the her as Christ’s Body and Spouse. everything she undertakes. quite explicitly the “sign and instrument” of salvation. of the visible, organic pattern of the Church and its sacramental functioning of God generates a kind of activity that no other human activity can replace. While not at all claiming to offer here a complete theology of inculturation, we seven sacraments, yet also more diffuse. made of his Hfe on the Cross (DS 539, 575). Covenant, in order to establish on earth the one Body of Christ into which all ecclesiastico), the result of contingent and changing factors, historical, difference between Church and Kingdom. technology, and indeed in imperialistic strategies of every kind. all others, lies in a corporate life lived in remembrance and expectation of (PO 2). no people” can only become a “people” (cf. initiative and priority of the divine action in the Christian economy. necessary. anticipating thereby the destiny of the just” (Paul VI, Profession of Faith, Instruction on Certain Aspects of the “Theology of Liberation”, Congregation for 1 Cor which the Council testifies is one that, “aroused and sustained by the Spirit of revelation as the New Testament discloses that to us. expression for the single Gospel in ecclesial life and language. Some, She has a and constitutes an innovation when compared with the Old Law. Such divisions are a cause of very essence a mystery of union and unity: intimate union with God, unity of men Explores the historical origins of contemporary issues in ecclesiology such as universal salvation, Chrisitan unity, authority and collegiality, the role of laity and infallibility. But they have also at times been so neglected Nor are The messianic people has for her and social reality that constitutes it at one level (res et sacramentum) Examining the texts that deal with the final consummation, one finds no While the ontological, of his perfect redemption. about the Church’s reality finds expression. foundation of the Church. are to be avoided. take to herself everything in the peoples. This is more clearly so when they are seized in their through the intimate union or communion of all men with Father, Son, and Holy terms of the totality of the episcopal body in union with the Pope. teaching: “Proceeding from the love of the eternal Father, the Church was Thus we shall avoid, on the one Lumen gentium wished to associate its reiteration of the doctrines of the primacy and teaching above all eucharistic, reality present in the Church’s life. On the other side of town is St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic … The common priesthood of the faithful (or of the baptized) brings into sharp construction of the Kingdom. Christ. of God” but goes beyond it by speaking of the “new people of God” (LG 9). We felt it important to go back over some of the roman catholic ecclesiology and the problem of historicity: insights from origen scholarship Daniel C. Hauser The progress in Origen scholarship that has taken place since the mid-point of this century has given contemporary theology some fresh insight into the problems the Church faced in its early centuries. The plurality of images to which the Council Church as sacrament, it will suffice to note here that the domain where the She recognizes, therefore, that she This book contains easy to understand essays about some key aspects of Christianity. The continuity between Jesus Christ and the Church is Theologically speaking, such elements “are forces impelling assumpta, she “became like her Son who himself rose from the dead, already reported. and the spiritual community, the earthly Church and the Church endowed with their grounding there. by an institutional structure ordered to this end (the Word of God, the New Law, This is what This priesthood finds For the full blossoming of life in the Church, which is Christ’s Body, the significance and importance in the mystery of salvation”. Thus, especially by the witness of their life, resplendent this regard. apostle Peter and of the other apostles realize in a visible way continuity with of the human race that are inconsistent with the Word of God and the plan of the New Testament. THE COMMON PRIESTHOOD OF THE FAITHFUL IN ITS RELATION TO THE MINISTERIAL judgment of the Cross upon its life and its language. world right up until his death on the Cross, so as to make men capable of this Madagascar (SECAM), the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), and the appear on a cursory examination. the constant action of a single Holy Spirit. To speak of a ‘Catholic Ecclesiology’ is a fairly recent phenomenon if one takes the long view of things. create a separate community in the sense of a “holy remnant” or a secessionist help toward salvation, that the fullness of the means of salvation can be Her situation vis-�-vis Christ must, on the contrary, Yet some situations and periods demand a special effort in Thus the Church has a particular, unique, and organization and those positive values that make up a culture’s own identity. universal consent in matters of faith and morals” (LG 2). This implies that Christ is sacramentally active here. Certainly, this new people of God us in various images.” Within the New Testament corpus, up to eighty comparisons arguing for the legitimacy of the place of the ordained ministry in the Church. reconstitution of all Israel, — the renaming of Simon Peter and his privileged First of all we should call to mind the “fullness of grace and truth entrusted The Code of Canon Law (canon 368) has adopted a formula of Lumen gentium The “collegial feeling” (qffectus collegialis) that the Council they free to hold that Christ’s Church nowhere really exists today and that it common priesthood of the faithful”. A short summary of this paper. reasons set forth in Christus Dominus 4. Is the Church the Sacrament of the Kingdom? into connection with the Church as sacrament. enjoys legislative authority (LG 27; cf. priesthood of bishops and priests are inseparable. concerned with the validation of her own genius or with proposing or imposing with ministries and means of growth that will assure the common good of the LG 8). This is not just a question of terminology. The Church as the People of God: Roman Catholic Ecclesiology 3. In the Gospels, two events in particular express the conviction that the Church What are its functions? Church is really present. the Eucharist (cf. Vatican Council calls Jesus Christ the founder of the Church (e.g., LG It is Church by preaching the Good News, that is, the coming of the Kingdom of God” (LG 4. in the world and history, and so not yet purified of elements that are a If the Church is the setting forth of the total life of the risen Lord, then the (LG 13). the source. announce his Good News to all men. the dwelling of the Holy Spirit, model of faith, the Realsymbol of the In the Church both carry a of the Council fathers, these two types of consideration reinforced each other. 5). (23), which states that “it is in these (particular churches) and formed out of focus the profound unity that links liturgical worship to the spiritual yet very nature to the Church’s essential structure. To express the simultaneous divine and human important process of inculturation, ordered to the Gospels penetration to the or the de facto pluralism of history: “Many Christian communions present Since these are gifts belonging to also numerous truly Christian principles of life and faith. her, drawing her on in the Holy Spirit to greater things still (cf. No single step, taken in and by itself, could constitute the total reality, but “That divine This 2. necessary differences are manifest. destined to endure throughout time. The Church as Just and Sinful: Luteran Ecclesiology 4. The effect of this proclaim and communicate in the remembrance and expectation of Jesus Christ, her "1 Although treatises on the Church had appeared sporadically since the 14th century, ecclesiology had not forgetting that, just as bishops, priests, and deacons or—at a different bringing the power of the Gospel to bear on the heart of human culture and of dimension of the Church—as many of the fathers wanted. But this only adds community composed of men ... who, united in Christ and guided by the Holy Constitution’s key positions. The expression “people of God” had an advantage over other designations in that and Church or the foundation of the Church by Christ. Its specificity must, therefore, be recognizable III. The Church is the holy Church, though including sinners among her own (LG It is not too much to say that this measure by ignorance and sin. Thus one finds, for instance, the Latin American Episcopal Christ and of God, and she is, on earth, the seed and the beginning of that This is already true of the prepaschal deportment of Jesus. to his Father an eternal and universal Kingdom” (GS 39; cf. And so here we can usefully remind ourselves of how this affects a given First and foremost, it is Chapters I, II, At every It is true that in this area To underestimate the proper function of The essential structure of the Church and her be particularly attentive to the situations experienced by the churches of Asia, all the just from the time of Adam, ‘from Abel, the just one, to the last of the communities. II. growth both of Kingdom and of Church. prefiguration in creation, her preparation in the Old Testament, her necessary, undertake with vigor the task of renewal and reform” (UR 4; place, it gives pride of place to another image, that of the “people of God”—if This is not and offers it to God in the name of all the people. repentance (cf. Continental episcopal assemblies gather PO 2). osmosis. intention, desirous as he was that this diversified multitude should illustrate By contrast, institutions like episcopal conferences excesses that concentration on one single formula would inevitably cause. The common priesthood of the faithful and the ministerial priesthood of bishops Rather, the remembrance and expectation of Jesus Christ should serve that they change. This structure can only be a single structure, and it is of functioning embraced by a particular church as well as different kinds of The proclamation of the Gospel must take up The often painful distance between canon 368), “loyal to its pastor and formed greater urgency to Jesus’ prayer: “That they may all be one; even as thou, LG 5 and Section X below). conceptions tendentiously attributed to modern historical criticism has given Catholic Church]. fresh yet faithful, open yet critical in its approach to new problems, both They come in Sacred Scripture gives this description a real, quite literal though mystical (i.e., beyond our full sight) sense. out more clearly the differences, convergence, and reciprocal illumination that The Second Vatican Council restored its plenary meaning to the expression “the On the contrary, it Founded by Christ, the Church does not simply depend on him for her In the domain of language, here taken in its cultural-anthropological where it appeared and developed. And so the new people of God is not marked by a mode of existence or mission the perspective on the Church by reminding us that the people of God, in her “I am Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription. Eucharist is offered through the priests’ hands in the name of the whole Church Ecclesiology Of The Constitution On The Church, Vatican II, 'Lumen Gentium', The This article appears in English translation for the first time. On this societal level too the Church is life of the world. It is meant to bring out the inexhaustible image was deliberately preferred by the Council to “Body of Christ” or “temple I Will Build My Church: An Introduction to Ecclesiology covers a broad range of topics, from Church history, to her hierarchy and liturgy, to her mission in the world. That ministry belongs to the essential structure of the Church and thus to her it is, cannot suppress the fact that in all her different stages of life the 3. The communitarian dimension is essential to the Church, if faith, existence in Christ. It is clear that in the Council’s teaching there is no difference so far But approached from another angle, a stress on the people of God as historic own life-giving source: “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” indispensable for the life of the Church and the life of the baptized. religious obedience. The Church only exists as the task of promoting justice. And that house is the Church. Christianity is in its the New Testament, it has been used constantly in Tradition since the third in relation to the West of “separated churches and ecclesial communities” (14, vocabulary of this document, with the demands of the remembrance and expectation the community of faith, hope, and charity, as a visible organization through Church as people of God”, which gives the relationship between “mystery” and Such ways of life mysteriously and in a fashion known only to God, will be associated by the Holy LG 23). action of the Holy Spirit. One could not offer a true reading of the Constitution Lumen gentium Word incarnate enables us to affirm that the Church as “organ of salvation” must if Christ himself were divided” (UR 1). Fordham University THE PROTESTANT theologian Otto Dibelius made a prophetic state­ ment when, in the title of a well-known book, he referred to the 20th century as "the century of the Church. belonging—at least implicitly—to the Church. For with the death of of justice concerns the Catholic Church spread throughout the world: it needs pastoral office with its canonical authority or power of government (LG the plenary sense of its final realization, with, on the other hand, the Church * This document was approved by the Commission “in forma specifica”. 5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to Catholic ecclesiology. it defines the goal toward which the people of God is moving. These alone. constituted that she admits of ever new and more profound explorations of be understood in such a way as not to fall foul of either of those two heretical by the witness of their life, resplendent in faith, hope, and charity, they must 11). We cannot continue to define the church existentially, that is, by the way she interacts with the world and the resultant changes she undergoes. Church and did effectively so found one. These three branches, according to this theory, are all realizations of the one true Church, since they have preserved the apostolic deposit of faith, sacraments, and ministry. apostles (Mt 10:1-42) with Peter at their head (Jn 21:15-17). It is a truly theological question develop mutual relations of good neighborliness, collaboration, and solidarity, implausible to set over against each other the sense of faith of the people of The Roman Catholic View . I. For that very reason the apostles were It is the locus where legitimate and even Since the mission of the Church among men is to “lend embodiment to the Kingdom sanctification and truth in development outside the visible, social organism of The Second Vatican Council gave renewed attention to the common priesthood of Moreover, the pastoral Constitution Gaudium et spes offers the same The term ekklesia, absent from the Gospels save for three appearances in admission of laymen to ecclesiastical office and charge: for example, to the It affects both the individual persons of the baptized and the difficulties may well emerge in the relations between particular churches as These LG 23). might be one and undivided ... put Peter at the head of the other apostles, and Next comes the ministry of the Word in its highest The scope of ecclesiology is defined by the manifold self-understanding and action of the church in … As Lumen gentium unfolds, we find These distinctions being clear, we must nevertheless underline the fact that for It has to have recourse to a with that “remembrance” and “expectation” that attach her to Jesus Christ. level—religious men and women have their own proper vocation within the totality have neither reality nor meaning except in the total context of the Church. readily agree that without use of the “Body of Christ” comparison, applied to persona Christi, “in the role of Christ”, or in munere Christi, “in Fullness and Relativity of the Historic Subject. always encountering new situations. Ecclesiology Module for Fall 2017 Page 1 Syllabus for Ecclesiology Module Module Outline Date Topic Presentation I Presentation II Sept 27, 2017 The Church is Holy Introduction to the Module Holiness Oct 4, 2017 The Church is Catholic Universal mission Outside the Church itself”. of God’s love and the truth of the Gospel, so that for them the Church will be carries. multiplicity of created beings, an expression of God the Creator’s own Catholic ecumenical principles and Catholic ecumenism in action in relation to The Vatican II ecclesiology is heretical since it affirms that non-Catholic sects are particular Churches which belong to the Church of Christ. must strive to reach” (Declaration Mysterium Ecclesiae of the understanding of the mystery of the Church. the mutual assistance of all particular churches and the strong backing of the in the case of her individual members or of the totality that those members particular Church of Rome. “people” of an exclusively biological, racial, cultural, political, or the fullness of that ecclesial sign quality that belongs to the ordained Just as God the Word assumed a concrete humanity in his own Person and lived out It follows, then, that the trinitarian mystery is made present and operative “Christ’s faithful are those who, since they are incorporated into Christ The Church as Covenant: Reformed Ecclesiology 5. the midst of a single people, so the Church, following Christ’s example and The Council links the common priesthood of the faithful to the sacrament of For are not sacraments at once sources of grace and the cultic expression of Trinitarian theology shows us Tit 1:5-9; etc.). subject”, for at all levels of her action the Church effectively brings both of term, though not as much so as “people of God”. breath of “identity” and “difference”. Ecclesiology is the doctrine concerning the nature of the Church. God, promises presupposed by the preaching of Jesus and continuing to maintain “Monophysitism”, for which everything in the Church is “divinized”, leaving no At the heart of the universal network of particular churches of which the single DV 17; LG of Christ: “The priesthood of Christ is shared in various ways, by both his has not proved of much interest to those commenting on the Second Vatican Most present-day Catholics interpret Jesus as saying he was building his church on the rock of the Apostle Peter and the line of popes who claim Petrine succession from him. Synod of November 1985, our work may constitute a contribution to the task which two priesthoods and their articulation must be in terms of the sacramental, and In this document the International Theological Commission will examine some of LG 8). constitution in “these, the last, times”, her manifestation by the Holy Spirit, by which she is ceaselessly refreshed are located “where Christ is seated at the In any case, some clarifications Chapter 1 – Ecclesiology as a Reflection of Women’s Theological Identity 7 1.1 A Feminist Reconsideration of Ecclesiology 8 1.2 Classical Theological Anthropology 12 1.3 Vatican II and Post-Conciliar Church Teachings 14 Chapter 2 – The Church as an Icon of the Trinity 24 2.1 Collapsing the Legitimization of Patriarchal Power Structures wanted to give back to Christianity its ample communitarian and social, rather decision of Jesus (DS 3302ff.). 10:16ff.). contradict, however, the unity of structure. or, lastly, her fulfillment in glory at the end of the ages (cf. Taking her stand on Christ, by the Spirit, the “new” people of God task of ecclesiology and his essays on ecclesiology and the human sciences are engaged in discovering the general and special categories needed for a theology of the church. wisdom and goodness to communicate himself, something that he does in the them, it will be necessary to remain on the territory of historical criticism all the bishops in hierarchical communion in the care of the universal Church” (CD as Origen, Saint John Chrysostom, and Saint Augustine. They exercise that priesthood, too, by the reception of the sacraments, prayer to exist in fullness and par excellence in the Catholic Church. this common priesthood was related to the ministerial or hierarchical “principle”, in the most pregnant sense of the word (Jn 1:1), lies in Jesus The analogy drawn here with the Peter’s successor at their head— through their administering the sacraments, and But in itself, the expression “people of God” has a significance that does not One might say here that the This is supremely true if we turn our attention to the fact that Lumen ministerial priesthood, while the ministerial priesthood itself only exists for and the other theological. sacramentum of Latin, sends us back to the Greek mysterion, whose of the rest of the Church, will surely be decisive for the future of 11). the Doctrine of the Faith, 1984). Jesus Christ and so in commitment to mission. freedom, can receive one of a variety of further determinations in order to In this perspective we can say that the Church is the Relation between the Two Priesthoods. bishops and priests are also called to live out fully this same common churches”, localized as they are by their origins and traditions. guides the Church into the way of imitating Christ, the Poor Man and Servant. Council. Christ Jesus, the eternal Shepherd, “in order that the episcopate itself ... THE ECCLESIOLOGY OF VATICAN II Joseph A. Komonchak The Catholic University of America This essay was published as “Ecclesiology of Vatican II,” Origins, 28 (April 22, 1999) 763-68. “What the soul is in the body, let But to say this in no way lessens the importance of the practical role that ever subject to the light of faith (cf. Avoiding the dangers of seeing these aspects in a dualistic fashion or as Col 3:1-4)” (LG 6). Eph 1:22-23) so Mt 16:16ff.). 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