Mystery of the Church

JPI 623/853

John Paul II maintained that Jesus, in his final prayer (Jn 17), drew the complete picture of the interpersonal ecclesial relations which originate in Him and in the Trinity. He proposed to his disciples and to us all, the supreme model of that communio which the Church is called to be by reason of her divine origin: it is he himself in his intimate communion with the Father in the life of the Trinity (General Audience, 10/11/1991). This course seeks to explore the understanding of the Church as communio proposed by the Second Vatican Council. The perception of the mystery of the Church is a central piece in the thought and educational undertakings of both John Paul II and Benedict XVI. The course adopts a concrete perspective in that it approaches the meaning of ecclesial communion through the persons of the Virgin Mary, and the apostles Peter, John, and Paul. Through them, and the principles of Christian existence they incarnate, it is possible to see what is proper to the nature of the Church in her unity, catholicity, apostolicity, and sanctity and how to address some of the issues that the Church faces today.

Course Texts for Spring 2022

• Compendium of readings (available through Cognella)
• De Lubac, The Splendor of the Church.  San Francisco: Ignatius press, 1999.  ISBN: 9780898707427.
• Adrian Fortescue, The Early Papacy to the Synod of Chalcedon in 451. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1920
• J. Ratzinger, The Meaning of Christian Brotherhood.  San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1993. ISBN -0-898704464
• J. Ratzinger, Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today.  San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1996.  ISBN: 9780898705782
• J. Ratzinger, Daughter Zion: Meditations on the Church’s Marian Belief.  San Francisco: Ignatius Press 1983.  ISBN: 9780898700268.

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