By Paul Lakeland

Lumen Gentium, Vatican II's Dogmatic structure at the Church, replaced how the church thinks in regards to the laity, holiness, baptism, or even the nature and objective of the church itself. In A Council that may by no means End, the extremely popular ecclesiologist Paul Lakeland marks the 50th anniversary of this document's promulgation through taking over 3 significant subject matters of the structure, examining the textual content, and making a choice on a few of the questions with which it leaves us. those issues are

  • the position of the bishop within the church and the methods Lumen Gentium's educating pertains to numerous tensions in modern church
  • the laity and specifically the combined blessing of describing them in the class of "secularity"
  • and the relationships among the church and the humans of God and what they let us know in regards to the ways that everybody are provided salvation.

Lakeland is confident that Lumen Gentium leaves a lot unfinished enterprise (as any historic record must), that attending to it's going to take us past a lot of the now sterile ecclesial divisions, and that the ecclesiology of humility it implies marks the way in which that theology needs to consultant the church within the years ahead.

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