A Church Fully Engaged: Yves Congar's Vision of Ecclesial Authority  -     By: Anthony Oelrich
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Liturgical Press / 2011 / Paperback

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The French Dominican, Fr. Yves Congar, was deeply convinced that in the church's ongoing tension with the secular world it was led to adopt very much the same attitudes as the temporal power itself, to conceive of itself as a society, as a power, when in reality it was a communion, with ministers and servants. It was Congar's lifelong theological project to help restore to the church a more evangelical, gospel-based understanding of her life.

From the vast corpus of this great expert of the Second Vatican Council, this book gathers his efforts as they pertain specifically to the issue of authority in the church. The often hot-button nature of any discussion on how authority is exercised in the church will only benefit from the retrieval of the theological tradition on this issue brought forth by Congar. Congar's vision ultimately demands that our understanding of authority must flow from our understanding of God as a Trinity of Persons and, therefore, be practiced in the mutuality of relationship and always be directed at growth in authentic relationship.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Liturgical Press
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0814657974
ISBN-13: 9780814657973
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The French Dominican, Fr. Yves Congar, was deeply convinced that in the church's ongoing tension with the secular world it was led to adopt very much the same attitudes as the temporal power itself, to conceive of itself as a society, as a power, when in reality it was a communion, with ministers and servants. It was Congar's lifelong theological project to help restore to the church a more evangelical, gospel-based understanding of her life. From the vast corpus of this great expert of the Second Vatican Council, this book gathers his efforts as they pertain specifically to the issue of authority in the church. The often hot-button nature of any discussion on how authority is exercised in the church will only benefit from the retrieval of the theological tradition on this issue brought forth by Congar. Congar's Vision ultimately demands that our understanding of authority must flow from our understanding of God as a Trinity of Persons and, therefore, be practiced in the mutuality of relationship and always be directed at growth in authentic relationship.

Fr. Anthony Oelrich is a priest of the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota, serving as rector and pastor of three parishes and the diocesan director of continuing education for clergy. He received his doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.

Author Bio

Fr. Anthony Oelrich is a priest of the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota, serving as rector and pastor of three parishes and the diocesan director of continuing education for clergy. He is a contributor to Give Us This Day published by Liturgical Press, and the author of A Church Fully Engaged: Yves Congar’s Vision of Ecclesial Authority (Liturgical Press, 2011).

About the Author

Fr. Anthony Oelrich is a priest of the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota, serving as rector and pastor of three parishes and the diocesan director of continuing education for clergy. He received his doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.

Editorial Reviews

Oelrich’s thorough analysis of Congar’s insightful writings on ecclesial authority is timely indeed.
Michael A. Fahey, SJ, Boston College

Anthony Oelrich’s book is a brilliant, lucid, and eminently comprehensible treatment of manifold notions of ecclesial authority explored by one of the greatest theologians of recent centuries. Oelrich’s analysis will give every reader, whether scholar or student, a rich appreciation of the ways God’s authority is communicated to and by the Church.
Fr. Robert Christian, OP, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum)

Anthony Oelrich patiently and clearly explains Congar’s theology which has inspired theological and pastoral renewal in the contemporary church, not least through its influence on the documents of Vatican II. Both the center and the periphery—the church’s hierarchy and its creative prophets—have much to learn here.
Paul Philibert, OP, Translator of Congar’s True and False Reform in the Church and author of The Priesthood of the Faithful: Key to a Living Church

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