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The Church Unfinished : Ecclesiology Through the Centuries - Bernard P. Prusak

The Church Unfinished

Ecclesiology Through the Centuries

Paperback Published: 1st November 2004
ISBN: 9780809142866
Number Of Pages: 352

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Like human life, the Catholic or universal Church is lived forward but understood backward. To appreciate the Church's past, however, does not require that we simply repeat it. Using such a framework, this book puts the present period of the Church in vast historical context. It traces how the Church came from the "community of unexpected persons" whom Jesus gathered around himself and was then shaped, over the course of centuries, by human decisions made in the Spirit. The Church's catholicity is seen to involve an ever expanding memory, embracing the immense richness of past and present times, places, and cultures, and at the same time an openness to assimilating, and possibly being transformed by, a future history in which God offers new possibilities. The book thus proposes that the Church's leadership would do well to nurture a renewed eschatological attitude that embraces a genuine openness to the newness and surprise of the future, leaving room not only for continuity but also for the important elements of change and transformation. For, what the Church is, only the entirety of its history will fully reveal.

Introductionp. 1
Jesus' Community of the Unexpected, Circa AD 28-30p. 9
Unfolding Revelations of a Hidden Presencep. 10
Human Openness to a Quiet Invitationp. 14
Jesus Came Eating and Drinkingp. 20
Inviting and Welcoming the Unexpectedp. 23
God's Presence in a Temple Not Made by Human Handsp. 27
Shapes of Church: Varied Interpretations of Jesusp. 28
Ultimate Trust in the Quiet Power of Lovep. 31
A Jesus Understood in Retrospectp. 33
Did Jesus Foresee the Church in His Future?p. 37
Continuing the Way of Jesus Who Came to Servep. 46
Communities Facing the Future with Creative Fidelityp. 51
From Jesus to Church: The Nuances of Developmentp. 56
Church as Ongoing Sacrament Flowing from Jesusp. 63
Shaping the Early Church: Human Decisions in the Spirit, Circa AD 30-110p. 70
A Community of New Possibilityp. 71
EKKLESIA: The Assembly of Godp. 72
A Network of Grassroots Assembliesp. 75
Unfolding Realization of Universal Missionp. 78
Communion as Shared Reception: A Foundation of Early Church Orderp. 83
A Cosmic Body of Christ: Corporate Historical Sacramentp. 89
The Pluriformity of Early Leadership Patternsp. 93
Service for Unity, Not Powerp. 106
Transitional Leadership for Another Generationp. 107
Mono-Episcopacy: The Personification of Ecclesial Unityp. 113
The Jesus Movement as a Communion of Churches, AD 110-600p. 120
One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic "Episcopal" Churchp. 120
Synods and Councils as Expressions of Ecclesial Communionp. 130
The Church of Rome as the Center of Unityp. 132
The Solidification of Papal Claimsp. 139
A Church of Visible Sacraments and Invisible Holinessp. 148
Toward a Stratified, Hierarchical Churchp. 154
Toward a Church of Stratified, Hierarchical Holinessp. 161
"Neither Slave Nor Free..."-Unfinished Trajectories from Jesusp. 169
Confidence Amid the Passing of an Erap. 174
A Changing Church: Struggling with Power, AD 600-1400p. 176
Ecclesial Power as an Unintended Consequence of Servicep. 179
A Changing Experience of Church "From Below"p. 184
Patterns of Popular Pietyp. 197
A Diminishing Pastoral Role for Bishopsp. 205
The Growth of Papal Administrative Powerp. 210
The Pinnacle of Papal Powerp. 218
The Persistence of Evangelical Idealsp. 220
The Birth of Ecclesiology: Theology Responding to Crises, AD 1400-1900p. 229
From Body of Christ to Mystical Body: Changing Ideas of Churchp. 230
Debates about Papal Power and the Authority of Councilsp. 233
Defending the Papacy: Torquemada's Summa de Ecclesiap. 239
The Protestant Reformation: A Church Dividedp. 242
The Ecclesiological Climate from the Council of Trent to Vatican Ip. 247
Vatican I: An Authoritative Petrine Ministryp. 254
The Conditions of Papal Infallibilityp. 260
Openness to "A Desire of New Things"-Rerum Novarump. 266
Vatican II: Toward "A New Order of Things," 1900-p. 270
Vatican II and Aggiornamento: Updating by Creative Retrievalp. 273
Back to the Future: Church as Worshiping Communityp. 274
The Birth Pains of Vatican II's Theology of Churchp. 276
Church as Sacrament of Unityp. 278
Church as the Priestly People of Godp. 281
Church as a Communion of Churches: A Unity in Diversityp. 282
Toward Retrieving a Collegial Leadership of Pope and Bishopsp. 283
The Ministries of Teaching, Sanctifying, and Leadingp. 289
The Mission of the Nonordained and Nonvowed Faithfulp. 293
The Eschatological Dimension of the Churchp. 295
Themes Reprised in a Chorus of Documentsp. 296
A Wider Horizon for the Church's Self-Understandingp. 298
The Reception of Vatican II's Theology of Churchp. 299
The Unfinished Task of Theological Synthesisp. 302
Restoring a Future to a World Churchp. 313
A "This-Worldly" Eschatologyp. 314
Gaudium et spesp. 316
Foundations for a "This-Worldly" Eschatologyp. 321
From Unmoved Mover to the Death of Godp. 323
An Eschatological Catholicityp. 330
Looking Aheadp. 333
Epilogue: A Future for Women in the Church?p. 337
Notesp. 342
Index of Modern Authorsp. 393
Index of Selected Topicsp. 397
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ISBN: 9780809142866
ISBN-10: 0809142864
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: Paulist Press International,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.56