People of God

Overview

The church as "People of God" was one of the most striking images to emerge from Vatican II. It set in motion a dynamic revolution in Catholic self-understanding, opening the church to the role of the laity, the dignity of the poor, and the unfolding of history. Yet many sectors of the church preferred fairly quickly to shelve this term, favoring instead the image of the church as "communion." Jose Comblin, one of the great Latin American theologians, believes that the agenda implied in "People of God" remains ...
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Overview

The church as "People of God" was one of the most striking images to emerge from Vatican II. It set in motion a dynamic revolution in Catholic self-understanding, opening the church to the role of the laity, the dignity of the poor, and the unfolding of history. Yet many sectors of the church preferred fairly quickly to shelve this term, favoring instead the image of the church as "communion." Jose Comblin, one of the great Latin American theologians, believes that the agenda implied in "People of God" remains vital and necessary for the church today -- especially at the dawn of a new pontificate. Progress in the church, according to Comblin, must begin with a recovery and return to the principles of Vatican II.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570755217
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 The people of God at Vatican II 1
2 History of the idea of people of God 20
3 People of God in Latin America 38
4 Reversal at the 1985 Synod 52
5 The church as people 63
6 The people as actor 97
7 People of the poor 118
8 The people within other peoples 142
9 Action of the people of God in the world 164
10 People of God and the church institution 178
Conclusion 205
Notes 207
Index 222
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