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Communion of the Saints : Foundation, Nature and Structure of the Church - Miguel M.Garijo- Guembe

Communion of the Saints

Foundation, Nature and Structure of the Church

Paperback Published: 1st April 1995
ISBN: 9780814654965
Number Of Pages: 280

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This book offers a comprehensive panorama of modern Roman Catholic ecclesiology as it springs from the vision proclaimed by the Second Vatican Council in Lumen Gentium. The author's central thesis is an ecclesiology built around the notion of communio: all members of the Church should be able to carry out their respective responsibilities toward the Church at all levels (pastors, bishops, the entire Church). The Church needs the honest experiences of the faithful in the world in order to recognize and to meet the demands of the times by drawing on its ongoing tradition together with the work of the Holy Spirit. From this emerges the need to re re-think of the universal Church as a community of local churches. Questions concerning the scriptural basis for the Church are handled in an exegetical section. Next a systematic treatment deals with the nature of the Church, its structures (communities and offices; the structure of its offices), and the Church's duties (evangelization; the relations between Church and society). Dr. Garijo-Guembe emphasizes the systematic description of important moments in the history of dogma. From this foundation the author takes up questions directed by the Orthodox and the Churches of Reformation toward the Roman Catholic Church and attempts to answer them.. A rich bibliography-international in its authorship and ecumenical in their confessional backgrounds-rounds off each chapter.

Introduction: "Credo Ecclesiam"p. 1
Fundamental Ecclesial Directions in the New Testamentp. 7
Fundamental Concepts of the Church's Self-Understandingp. 9
Jesus and the Church: Jesus' Proclamation of the Kingdom of God and the Church That Arose after the Events of Easter/Pentecostp. 14
The Church, "Built on the Foundation of the Apostles"p. 29
The Organization of the Church in Its Successive Developmental Stages; Community Structures in the New Testamentp. 37
Peter in the New Testamentp. 66
The Nature of the Church and Its Essential Characteristicsp. 75
Essential Elements in a Theological Description of the Churchp. 77
Church and Eucharistp. 96
The One Church and the Many Churchesp. 105
A Pilgrim Churchp. 124
The Structures of the Churchp. 131
Community and Officep. 133
The Hierarchical Composition of the Church: The Bishop with His Co-Workers: The Presbyters and Deaconsp. 159
The Office of the Pope and the Collegiality of Bishopsp. 197
The Mission and Task of the Churchp. 233
Evangelization and Its Implicationsp. 235
Church and Worldp. 253
List of Abbreviationsp. 265
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ISBN: 9780814654965
ISBN-10: 0814654967
Series: Michael Glazier Books
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st April 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.14  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.45