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Carly Manion

The Dogmatic Constitution on the Church in Lumen Gentium (#48-51) 1. Why does the Council describe the Church as possessing a "true through imperfect" sanctity in the present age?  Through imperfect it becomes apparent that this is an earthly church not God's city 2. What is the relationship between the living and the dead in the church, and in what ways do the saints continue to build up the earthly church?  Living and dead are all subjected to God and in a family with Christ  Saints are messengers of God who bring love to the earthly church o For every genuine testimony of love shown by us to those in heaven, by its very nature tends toward and terminates in Christ who is the "crown of all saints,"(16*) and through Him, in God Who is wonderful in his saints and is magnified in them.(17*) Pilgrims and Saints (2002) by Dennis Doyle 1. What, according to Doyle, are some distinctive concerns of so-called "progressives" or "pilgrims" and so-called "conservatives" or "saints" in the Catholic Church? Why might both be important to the future of the Church?  Concerns of Progressives/pilgrims o Support the Body of Christ has AIDS o Ecumenical openness, positive attitude towards other religions, focus on laity, emphasis on religious freedom, peace economic justice o Focus on human experience/Abba experience o Church leaders allowed to make necessary changes: married priests and ordination of women  Concerns of conservatives/saints o Doesn't favor historical images of the Church but rather emphasis the hierarchy of the Church and its duties to the people from love of God o Without a motive it becomes another social service organization (distinction) 2. What is "communion ecclesiology," and why does Doyle believe it may help reconcile diverse interpretations of the Council?  Happened in 1985 to review Vat. ll's results and special event because out of the 3 year order  Communion Ecclesiology: Church has roots in early Christian centuries
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