What should ecclesiology study?

Ecclesiology should study the church in all its complexity, both synchronic and diachronic, historical and eschatological.

This complex church comprises the social/communal human response – initiated, shaped, and sustained by the Holy Spirit – to the Christ event. It is sent out into the historical world as eschatological leaven.

The human and the divine, the historical and the eschatological, the christological and the pneumatological are its constitutive characteristics; its constitutive tasks are formation ad intra, and mission ad extra. These tasks and characteristics are of equal importance, and should be equally emphasized in ecclesiological reflection.

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