Monthly Archives: October 2011

Models of the Church, part 3

After defining five models of the church, and considering them in relation to several important theological themes, Dulles closed his original edition of the book by considering criteria by which one might be able to evaluate ecclesiological models. The criteria … Continue reading

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Incoming Missal

As all English-speaking Catholics no doubt know by now, the new translation of the missal is coming soon. Most if not all dioceses in the US will begin using the new translation in Advent, at the start of the new … Continue reading

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A Mission Statement

We did a fun exercise in class tonight: Empowered by the Holy Spirit and in communion with Christians everywhere, this church strives to create a welcoming place that makes visible the reconciling presence of God in our neighborhood, our city, … Continue reading

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Models of the Church, part 2

In part 1, I looked at the first four models that Dulles discusses: institutional and communion, sacrament and herald. He considers only one more model, the servant model, which he places over against all four of the other models on … Continue reading

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Banquets and veils

Listening to the first reading this weekend, from Is 25, I was struck by this imagery that appears in Is 25:7, after the description of the rich banquet: On this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, … Continue reading

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Are bodies optional?

Gay Christian Geek blogs against gender essentialism in the context of body essentialism, both of which he rejects: The physical reality of the human body is a limitation on human experience. True human experience is in the consciousness, the mind, … Continue reading

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