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Nouvelle Théologie and Sacramental OntologyA Return to Mystery$
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Hans Boersma

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199229642

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229642.001.0001

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Church as Sacrament: The Ecclesiology of de Lubac and Congar

Church as Sacrament: The Ecclesiology of de Lubac and Congar

(p.242) 7 Church as Sacrament: The Ecclesiology of de Lubac and Congar
Nouvelle Théologie and Sacramental Ontology

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This chapter discusses the connection between sacrament and Church in de Henri de Lubac and Yves Congar. Both impacted the communion ecclesiology of Vatican II. De Lubac emphasized the reciprocal relationship between Eucharist and Church, which implied that the Eucharistic body had for its aim the realization of the communion of the ecclesial body. The Church herself was the sacrament of Christ's presence. Congar distinguished between the Church as structure or institution and the Church as life or community, and posited a sacramental relationship between the two. He developed a sacramental understanding of the ‘time of the Church’ as the ‘in between time’ (entre-deux). Over time, de Lubac and Congar developed different emphases. Nonetheless, both intended to restore a sacramental view of the Church by paying attention to the mystery of the intended reality: the unity of the Church in Christ.

Keywords:   Henri de Lubac, Yves Congar, communion ecclesiology, Vatican II, Eucharist, Church, structure, institution, time of the Church, unity

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