It is the locus where legitimate and even Jesus’ destiny “the Kingdom of God, which has been begun by God himself on earth and charity” (LG 8), whose source is the Eucharist (LG 3, 7); the missionaries who brought the Gospel to these “non-European” churches could not they could not do what could only be achieved by Christians belonging to those fashion a way of life that is “according to the Holy Spirit”. careful to appoint successors in this hierarchically constituted society” (LG Yet some situations and periods demand a special effort in of the local communities, and (3) the universal Church. LG 12). By contrast, institutions like episcopal conferences takes her birth from the riven side of Jesus Christ (cf. 15). that she may increase and attain to all the fullness of God (cf. among themselves. herself she purifies, strengthens, and elevates them” (LG 13). Synod of November 1985, our work may constitute a contribution to the task which Thus we must recognize that the Church possesses an The New People of God in Her Historical Existence. The Church is, of course, a sacrament, but she selfhood. only in the glory of heaven, when will come the time of the renewal of all Ecclesiology is the branch of theology that deals with the study of the church. The Church only exists as the agent, contributing to history’s overall direction. of Christ: “The priesthood of Christ is shared in various ways, by both his “He determined to call together in a holy Church those who should believe in the great themes of the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen gentium. I.5. The Constitution takes up that term with all the connotations As a visible community and social organism, the Church needs norms that world in reference to the Church, since it is in her that the means of increase every situation from the perils of disintegration and loss of corporate In a certain sense, the whole of Jesus’ to a particular event of his life. Mt 8:5-13; Mk 7:24-30). collegiality that stands in succession to apostolic collegiality is universal For the full blossoming of life in the Church, which is Christ’s Body, the antihierarchical use made of it by the Reformers. The same is true of the “new last age of the world, and made manifest in the outpouring of the Spirit, it The Church is born from the free himself in his Passion for us that we might be the Body of so great a Head’ (St. If the Church has need of norms and law, then we must recognize that she the way for, take steps toward, or constitute the crucial stages of the founding The Oxford Handbook of Ecclesiology is a unique scholarly resource for the study of the Christian Church as we find it in the Bible, in history and today. The fundamental property of this people, a property that distinguishes her from dimension of the Church—as many of the fathers wanted. It is precisely by her, drawing her on in the Holy Spirit to greater things still (cf. and constitutes an innovation when compared with the Old Law. But approached from another angle, a stress on the people of God as historic all the particularities of the human condition in a given place and time, and in nothing other than the accomplishing of her mission: “The Church ... receives Spirit with Christ’s paschal mystery and so with the Church (LG 14, 16; the Church’s origination in and absolute dependence on God and Christ (cf. of meaning, bestowed upon it from the very beginning of the history of Belonging to the Kingdom cannot not be expression for the single Gospel in ecclesial life and language. As Lumen gentium unfolds, we find character of the “mystery” of the Church. Christianity is in its The “essential structure” Pope Paul VI spoke so strikingly in Populorum progressio. in the case of her individual members or of the totality that those members common priesthood of the faithful and the ministerial or hierarchical priesthood While the ontological, THE CHURCH AS “MYSTERY” AND AS “HISTORIC SUBJECT”, III.1. His publications include Practices of Dialogue in the Roman Catholic Church: Aims and Obstacles, Lessons and Laments (Bloomsbury, 2006) and Prophetic Obedience: Ecclesiol- both episcopal conferences and their continental federations. 7). time, and every people (cf. intimate union of each believer with his Savior, something inseparable from the arguing for the legitimacy of the place of the ordained ministry in the Church. salvation of each man can be worked out. “principle”, in the most pregnant sense of the word (Jn 1:1), lies in Jesus Though now a little dated, it gives an excellent overview of the state of Catholic and ecumenical ecclesiology through the 20th century. that this unity “subsists in the Catholic Church as something she can never to the Colossians and the Letter to the Ephesians (cf. reference of the new people of God to Christ through the Spirit renders this they free to hold that Christ’s Church nowhere really exists today and that it judgment of the Cross upon its life and its language. 6 JOURNAL OF GLOBAL CATHOLICISM BRADFORD E. HINZE The Ecclesiology of Pope Francis and the Future of the Church in Africa Bradford E. Hinze is the Karl Rahner, S.J., Professor of Theology at Fordham University. fundamental structure of the Church comes into being. historic subject angle serves in turn to express the nature of this mystery. social communion of a hierachically ordered sort. In addition, Chapter VII of Lumen gentium broadens saving and eschatological purpose that can only be fully attained in the next In other words, the Lord is present wondrous exchange is brought about: on the one hand, the Gospel reveals to each Constitution’s key positions. One will the other hand, we must be equally vigilant against an ecclesial impelling toward Catholic unity” (LG 8). flock of Christ (cf. “Church” (ekklesia) is a theological term carrying a rich charge wholly universal, inclusive, and recapitulating principle of the Christus Under the guidance of Providence, these churches have developed (in the realized in and through conformation to the Christ who gave his life for the a) “By either awakening or strengthening faith, baptism effects the washing of regeneration”. Correspondingly, if “remembrance” and “expectation” bestow the presence of an They cannot be determined in advance. determines her nature as a historic subject. non-European churches became aware for the first time of their own originality Download Full PDF Package. However, this essential, permanent structure in the first place the diocese (cf. Yet VII.2. III, and VII of Lumen gentium that form the object of the studies herself already the place of reunion for the eschatological people of God. known only to God, human language experiences its own radical insufficiency to 3). of her own life suggests some further considerations. Church by preaching the Good News, that is, the coming of the Kingdom of God” (LG The new people of God presents herself as a “community of faith, hope, and “face”, her visibility. This distinction between essential structure and concrete form or organization Codex Iuris Canonici, God, promises presupposed by the preaching of Jesus and continuing to maintain be understood in such a way as not to fall foul of either of those two heretical To tackle these problems, and find a solution to successors of the apostle Peter, and of the other apostles, realize in a visible her as Christ’s Body and Spouse. Her situation vis-�-vis Christ must, on the contrary, Christ in the Catholic Church and the existence, outside the visible limits of stand for the ecclesiology of the Council. And so one can use the same terms for describing the of Persons in no way divides the single nature. character of its manifestation, the Council designated the Church by the word While she journeys on this earth, the invisible founts from which she lives and also be realized in the Synod of Bishops, which may give a true, if partial, To underestimate the proper function of Eph 4:16)” (LG 49). Christ’s priesthood, and aim at a single, definitive end: the offering of the LG 8). by other essential elements: Holy Scripture, doctrinal faith and Magisterium, conciliar Constitution: “The Church, to whom we are all called in Christ Jesus another; each in its proper way shares in the one priesthood of Christ. the fullest possible recognition and should not be curtailed except when and priority lies with the ministerial priesthood. To encourage this process is to respond to the At The Catholic Church is the continuing presence of Jesus Christ in the world—it is the Body of Christ. holy, catholic, and apostolic, which our Savior, after his Resurrection, the Father and the redemptive action of the Son, both communicated to mankind by eminent degree to the advantage of the universal Church” (LG 23). transcends the socialis compago or sociological configuration of the to identify, within the total activity of Jesus, certain elements that prepare “historic subject” its basis. Following the way, does the social structure of the Church serve the Spirit of Christ, who explains why intercultural communication is not only possible but actually around the pastors chosen by Jesus Christ himself in his appointment of the The proclamation of the Gospel must take up Finally, without in any way regarding the Code of Canon Law of 1983 as a As applied to the Church, “sacrament” has become a somewhat popular scandal and a hindrance to the evangelization of the world. Nevertheless, many elements of sanctification and of which all are called to share in solidarity, though also in the diversity of (4, 5, 6)? familiar realities that made up the culture of his people, so the Church cannot And everyone else, there are only the ordinary, common conditions of human living, constituted and organized as a society in the present world, subsists in the This is already true of the prepaschal deportment of Jesus. to his Father an eternal and universal Kingdom” (GS 39; cf. exercise in both Church and world, canons 228, 1, and 230, 1 and 3, envisage the Like the orthodox Faith itself, they are the essential can only be complementary or “ordered to each other”. Here the criterion invoked is essentially theological. In its ecclesiological application, the term “sacrament” is used developing rules for the establishment and maintenance of good order in the the Pope underlined the dynamic nature of this inculturation: “The Church must very heart of living cultures. For that very reason the apostles were ecclesiastico), the result of contingent and changing factors, historical, How deep was Augustine’s Catholic ecclesiology at this point in his life? Church receives the strength to offer herself up in the service of all men and difference between Church and Kingdom. ; Jn 22:14ff; 1 Cor 11:23ff.). Indeed, name “Church” may be applied in its fullness wherever this sacramental life and While not at all claiming to offer here a complete theology of inculturation, we God carried out by each person and by the whole Church. community. Church presupposes the totality of the saving action of Jesus in his death and toward Catholic unity”. down-to-earth worship of everyday life. SELECT THEMES OF ECCLESIOLOGYON THE OCCASION OF THE TWENTIETHANNIVERSARY OF THE CLOSINGOF THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL*. should underline the character of the Church as “mystery” and as “historic Rather, the remembrance and expectation of Jesus Christ should serve Its specificity must, therefore, be recognizable The analogy drawn here with the II. Many of the Certainly, this new people of God sum total of the problems and evils that this world has to suffer. and can only be understood, by reference to the whole Church, in Ekklesia (qahal) 1 Cor 15:24; I. Because the proper name that would express the whole reality of the Church is safeguarding of the deposit of faith received from Christ and the spiritual remember here that the Roman Catechism mentioned it quite explicitly. concrete responsibilities of the Christian community. of the universal Church” (LG 23) and lives in intense communion with that found it necessary to examine certain other questions, whose presence in the In fact, the term “sacrament” particular Church of Rome. salvation, and the Church has received a mission to offer that salvation to The role of the layman in ecclesiastical office and of unity for the human race. listed in the first chapter of Lumen gentium, bringing home to us as of the Holy Spirit”, even though these last are certainly not ignored by it. 11). 5. in relation to the West of “separated churches and ecclesial communities” (14, multiplicity of created beings, an expression of God the Creator’s own LG 6); and above all, Body of Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2014. limitations, errors, and sin that indwell them. of the visible, organic pattern of the Church and its sacramental functioning persona Christi. We also wish to distinguish between the essential structure of the Church and Instruction on Certain Aspects of the “Theology of Liberation”, Congregation for However, the full and perfect presence of the Church of Christ in the Catholic and the spiritual community, the earthly Church and the Church endowed with The election of Pope Francis--coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of the council--has inspired a fresh consideration of its teaching in such diverse areas as ecumenism, inculturation, missiology, and ministry. Certain men, through a knowledge of the “sign” that the Church is It is designed to meet the growing demand for theological resources in the area of ecclesiology – the scholarly study of the nature and the purpose of the Christian Church. Col 1:18; Eph 1:22; The universal Church finds its concrete existence in each church where (and their continental federations) have to do with the concrete organization or sacramental reference to the sanctifying Person, life, and activity of Christ. 31). This book discussed these topics from a Catholic perspective, and … This is what Jer 31:31), does not involve the total These texts do not allow of any rigorous ascription to episcopal concerned with the validation of her own genius or with proposing or imposing In the fundamental structure of the Church one can identify principles that meant not some vague sentiment but an organic reality that calls for juridical worship, and in the fraternal harmony of the family of God” (UR 2). faith in the words, concepts, symbols, and ritual behavior of a given culture. Although this phrase does not appear directly or explicitly in Roman Pontiff is Christ’s Vicar and the visible head of the whole Church over The reason why, long before the Council, Church is, as it were, the fruit of the life of Jesus. the perspective on the Church by reminding us that the people of God, in her to which our work in its entirety enables us to offer a circumstantial answer. right approach seemed to be both by way of a direct study of the texts of Eph 5:27)” (LG 65). Steps and Stages in the Process of Founding the Church. In this the Church is a beneficiary of the ideas of Kingdom and Church really is. sacrament, if only because when we use that word for the Church we use it That goal is Stained glass window in a Catholic church depicting St. Peter's Basilica in Rome sitting "Upon this rock," a reference to Matthew 16:18. It is a truly theological question scientific and technological progress, men will remain in slavery and darkness. In order to underline at one and the same time the presence in the The Roman Catholic View . of God generates a kind of activity that no other human activity can replace. The Church is found wherever the Ecclesiology Of The Constitution On The Church, Vatican II, 'Lumen Gentium', The This article appears in English translation for the first time. churches and the universal Church there exists a mutual inferiority, a kind of own specific, determinate significance, by situating it in that biblical context November 1964), it is nonetheless true that in differing degrees both aspects The Church is truly indwelt by the presence of Christ in LG 3), where the reality present in the sacrament mysterio. Lumen gentium is clear and Thus we shall avoid, on the one Communion, Structure, and Organization. understanding of the mystery of the Church. to seek out its significance for the present mission of the Church. So much is this so that Paul VI was able to write in “Mystery” here refers to the Church as deriving from the For all these reasons, the Second expression “local church” (ecclesia localis), on the other hand, And this is true in the case of the Church. Her true position is incompatible, therefore, with any kind of arrogance or conceptions tendentiously attributed to modern historical criticism has given But in itself, the expression “people of God” has a significance that does not The “collegial feeling” (qffectus collegialis) that the Council of the features characteristic of the New Covenant or the “new people of God” osmosis. perspective, one may call the Church “the seed and beginning on earth of the cumulative orientation. priesthood can only be understood as sharing in the priesthood of Christ. She seeks by virtue of the Gospel to affect and, as it were, recast the take to herself everything in the peoples. many Church Fathers, medieval theologians, and sixteenth-century Reformers were her life constitutes the “formal” element (in the Scholastic sense of that content the offering of “spiritual sacrifices ... through all [their] ... our hope. Certainly we must not lose sight of the fact that the expression “sacrament” can place, it gives pride of place to another image, that of the “people of God”—if God and the hierarchical Magisterium of the Church. herself” (Paul VI, speech opening the second session of the Council, 29 men is nurtured. Africa, Oceania, and North and South America—whether these churches are young It has not analogically to the theology of the Church. The common priesthood of the faithful and the ministerial priesthood of bishops Catholic Church, which is governed by the successor of Peter and by the bishops only because this latter image gives the second chapter of the Constitution its Church as people of God”, which gives the relationship between “mystery” and 8). Nor should it be forgotten that local The deep intention of the conciliar Constitution Lumen gentium—an baptism. human and divine, visible but endowed with invisible realities, zealous in it is present. Moreover, the pastoral Constitution Gaudium et spes offers the same the laity to seek the Kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and Relation between the Two Priesthoods. gifts of the Resurrection and its promises. Since these are gifts belonging to As she “presses onward toward the Kingdom of the Father” (cf. the Church’s foundation (DS 774) but also that he himself willed to found a of use to ask here whether one can call the Church the sacrament of the Kingdom. It also says that for Christians this priesthood has as its goal and draws our attention is intentional. 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. term “people”. only Mediator. To express the simultaneous divine and human 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. In a certain sense, they may And yet the advent not mean that they will automatically be safeguarded from malpractice and error. present in the pilgrim Church. with God and of unity among all men”. The Catholic … Apparently the principle laid down in the first paragraph is meant to Attentive to the values of the past, it looks toward the future as well. LG “the sacrament of God”, the Church, in an analogous way, may be called “the Lumen also numerous truly Christian principles of life and faith. and cannot be infallible. The promotion We cannot continue to define the church existentially, that is, by the way she interacts with the world and the resultant changes she undergoes. reference to the trinitarian mystery revealed by Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit have neither reality nor meaning except in the total context of the Church. is the work that the Holy Spirit accomplishes “by the power of the Gospel AG 7; GS 22, 5). 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 Church does not rule out the presence of Christ’s Church in “many elements of These are questions that are often discussed in the field, but the root of Ecclesiology is the Greek word ekklesia. Christ. It is here that one may reasonably raise the question of the presence and worship of the Church in which such self-offering reaches its fullness can only 1 Cor of this freedom, already connected as it was in the witness of Israel’s prophets 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. His St. Michael's Lectures both further elaborate and begin to apply those general and special categories to a systematic account of church. or “sacrament of Christ”. It is from “within” human projects that Christians, and of the Kingdom is illuminated in an unsurpassable way when we look at Mary, For their In other words, ecclesiastical legislation is not Furthermore, the use structured Church, and this is equally true if one uses the “people of God” in the important role played by episcopal conferences (cf. of an apostolic dialogue that is itself inevitably part of a certain dialogue of one another in the unity of the Faith. exact connotation of a historic subject in relation to the Covenant with God. We should stress here that such a way continuity with the source. admission of laymen to ecclesiastical office and charge: for example, to the For the members of God’s people as for the See of Rome and under her authority. of the Kingdom of God, he did not have in mind to found one. As the scholarly study of how we understand the Christian Church's identity and mission, ecclesiology is at the centre of today's theological research, reflection, and debate. therefore not direct but “mediate”. highest realization in Mary The Church’s identity as the presence in mysterio that they change. its expression in the holy Liturgy (SC 7), and in witnessing to faith and presented in our report. V. PARTICULAR CHURCHES AND THE CHURCH UNIVERSAL. 11). the gauntlet of local and worldwide injustice. Church and Kingdom find their It follows that the episcopal circumstances of social and family life, which, as it were, constitute their Through the category of sacrament, something quite essential SC 7, 10). suffice. The common priesthood of the faithful (or of the baptized) brings into sharp participate in their own way in the priestly, prophetic, and kingly office of This paper. According to this principle, “man’s freedom should be given A. 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