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Ecclesiology: The Church as Communion and Mission (Catholic Basics)

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Catholic Basics:

A Pastoral Ministry Series

This book is a theological study of the Church, that is, an ecclesiology. There is a rhythm at work in the eucharistic Liturgy and thus in the Christian life as a whole that provides us with a key insight for understanding the Church. In this dynamic movement of coming together and going forth, symbolized in the rites of gathering and dismissal that frame the Mass, we have the basic elements for a theology of the Church. In theological categories, those basic elements may be termed “communion” and “mission.” Reflection upon our ongoing experience of communion and mission can thus provide us with a vision of what it means to be the Church.

—From chapter 1

Synopsis:

Ecclesiology: The Church as Communion and Mission presents the basic information needed to have a clear understanding of nature of the Church.
Catholic Basics: A Pastoral Series that offers an in-depth yet accessible understanding of the fundamentals of the Catholic faith for adults, both those active in pastoral ministry and those preparing for ministry. The series helps readers explore the Catholic tradition and apply what they have learned to their lives and ministry situations. Includes study questions and suggestions for further reading.

Synopsis:

The death of a child leaves parents, siblings, family, and friends devastated by a life lost too soon. In a series of touching profiles written by parents and siblings, the lives of infants, children, teenagers, and adult children are remembered and celebrated. Accompanying meditations address the various stages of grief and recount the real experiences of those living through them. Scripture verses provide spiritual comfort, and an appendix lists grief-support resources.

About the Author

Dr. Morris Pelzel is assistant professor of systematic theology at Saint Meinrad School of Theology, St. Meinrad, Indiana, He received a PhD in theology from the Catholic University of America in 1994. He teaches a broad variety of courses at Saint Meinrad, including foundational theology, theological anthropology, Trinity, ecumenical theology, and ecclesiology. His course in science and theology was selected as an award winner in the 1997 Templeton Foundation Course Design Program in Science and Religion.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

About the Series viii

Certification Standards: National Resources for Church Ministry ix

Introduction xi

Chapter 1: A Vision of Church—Communion and Mission 1

“Communion” and “Mission” as a Framework for Ecclesiology 2

The Communion and Mission of the Trinity—Source of

the Church’s Communion and Mission 5

Unfolding the Vision—The Plan of This Book 7

Summary 11

For Reflection 11

Chapter 2: The Church—Communion of Disciples 12

Communion—Bond of Life in the Church 15

Father, Son, and Spirit—A Life of Perfect Communion 17

We Are Invited to Share God’s Life 18

Communion Among Members of the Church 20

The Parish—Communion of Households 21

The Diocese—Communion of Parishes 23

The Universal Church—Communion of Local Churches 24

Communion Beyond the Visible Church 26

The Church—Communion of Disciples 27

Summary 29

For Reflection 29

Chapter 3: Charisms, Ministries, and States of Life in the Church 30

The Common Status of the People of God 32

The Church Evolves Through History 35

The Correspondence of Charisms, Tasks, and Offices 37

States of Life in the Church—Laity, Clergy, and Religious 39

Summary 52

For Reflection 52

Chapter 4: The Church—Formed Through Word and Sacrament  53

The Word of God—In the Church, Above the Church 55

Advancing Toward the Plenitude of Divine Truth 56

The “Sense of the Faith” (Sensus Fidei) 58

The Whole Church, Learning and Teaching 60

Sacraments—Signifying and Sanctifying 63

The Church—Universal Sacrament of Salvation 65

Sacraments—By the Church, For the Church 66

Eucharistic Ecclesiology 67

Summary 70

For Reflection 71

Chapter 5: The Mission of the Church—Evangelizing Cultures 72

Evangelization—Deepest Identity of the Church 75

The Essential Moments of Evangelization 77

The New Evangelization 79

The Evangelization of Cultures 80

What Are Cultures? 82

Transforming the Cultures of the United States 84

The Inculturation of the Gospel and the Church 85

Summary 88

For Reflection 88

Chapter 6: The Mission of the Church—Transforming the World  89

The Church—In the World But Not of the World 91

The Church “in” the Modern World—Gaudium et Spes

and Beyond 93

What Is the “World”? 96

The World—Created for the Church 98

Catholic Social Teaching—Our Best Kept Secret 100

Summary 103

For Reflection 104

Chapter 7: The Church—One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic  105

The Church—Holy in a Way That Can Never Fail 107

The Holiness of the Church—Genuine Though Imperfect 108

The Catholic Unity of the Church 111

Catholicity—The Fullness of Giving and Receiving 113

Summary 115

For Reflection 115

Conclusion 116

Abbreviations 117

Resources for Further Study 119

Acknowledgments 122

About the Author 123

Product Details

ISBN:
9780829417265
Author:
Pelzel, Morris
Publisher:
Loyola Press
Author:
Walters, Thomas P.
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
Catholic church
Subject:
Pastoral theology
Subject:
Church
Subject:
Christianity - Theology - Ecclesiology
Subject:
Christian Theology - Ecclesiology
Subject:
Pastoral theology -- Catholic Church.
Subject:
Ecclesiology
Subject:
churches mission
Subject:
Christianity-Ecclesiology
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Catholic Basics: A Pastoral Ministry Series
Series Volume:
18
Publication Date:
20010731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
136
Dimensions:
8.52x5.52x.41 in. .41 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by ,
Ecclesiology: The Church as Communion and Mission presents the basic information needed to have a clear understanding of nature of the Church.
Catholic Basics: A Pastoral Series that offers an in-depth yet accessible understanding of the fundamentals of the Catholic faith for adults, both those active in pastoral ministry and those preparing for ministry. The series helps readers explore the Catholic tradition and apply what they have learned to their lives and ministry situations. Includes study questions and suggestions for further reading.
"Synopsis" by , The death of a child leaves parents, siblings, family, and friends devastated by a life lost too soon. In a series of touching profiles written by parents and siblings, the lives of infants, children, teenagers, and adult children are remembered and celebrated. Accompanying meditations address the various stages of grief and recount the real experiences of those living through them. Scripture verses provide spiritual comfort, and an appendix lists grief-support resources.
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