The Roman Catholic Church: Its Origin and Nature

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A resource for students, clergy and scholars, The Roman Catholic Church reflects on the past, present and future of the Church by examining the bond that exists between the origins of Christianity and the Jewish tradition of the priesthood. Author John O'Grady provides a comprehensive background for a study of these Christian origins and examines them from within the context of traditional theological understanding. He portrays Jesus as the fulfillment of the priesthood of Israel and sees the presence of his ...
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Overview

A resource for students, clergy and scholars, The Roman Catholic Church reflects on the past, present and future of the Church by examining the bond that exists between the origins of Christianity and the Jewish tradition of the priesthood. Author John O'Grady provides a comprehensive background for a study of these Christian origins and examines them from within the context of traditional theological understanding. He portrays Jesus as the fulfillment of the priesthood of Israel and sees the presence of his Spirit in modern Christian churches as the continuation of this tradition. The Church of the New Testament gradually developed structures to ensure the continuation of the ministry of Jesus and, in later centuries, added to these structures. The result is a Church that has always been one, holy, catholic and apostolic, with a mission to preach the word, administer the sacraments, celebrate faith in liturgy and serve the worldwide holy communion. Readers who may have been discouraged by the Church in the past will find a very positive view of the Catholic identity as clearly having new breadth, variety and an outward-bound ecumenical approach.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809137404
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,023,057
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
I Introduction
1 Do We Need the Church? 3
2 Roman Christianity 11
II The Bible and the Church
3 Election and Covenant in the Biblical Foundations for the Church 23
4 The Origins of the Church in the New Testament 41
5 Ministries and Offices: From Community to Church 68
III The Four Marks of the Church
6 The Church Is One 89
7 The Church Is Holy 112
8 The Church Is Catholic 122
9 The Church Is Apostolic 133
IV The Mission of the Church
10 Kerygma: Word and Sacrament 153
11 Diakonia: Service 163
12 Koinonia: A Communion 174
13 Leitourgia: The Worship of the Church 189
V Conclusion
14 The Once and Future Church 205
Index 212
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