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 goal 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 via taking over 3 significant issues of the structure, reading the textual content, and picking many of the questions with which it leaves us. those subject matters are
- the function of the bishop within the church and the methods Lumen Gentium's instructing pertains to quite a few tensions in modern-day church
- the laity and particularly 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 concerning the ways that everyone are provided salvation.
Lakeland is confident that Lumen Gentium leaves a lot unfinished company (as any ancient record must), that attending to it is 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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