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8 - The Church in Mission

from Part II - Conciliar Themes and Reception

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 May 2020

Richard R. Gaillardetz
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Boston College, Massachusetts
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This essay proposes that the ecclesiology of the Second Vatican Council is best characterized as a “communion-in-mission.” A first section shows that the council was a “missionary council” from start to finish. A second section argues that the council worked from a renewed understanding of mission that was rooted in the Mission of God and inclusive of inculturation, justice, and dialogue. The final section suggests that there is a growing reception of the council’s missionary ecclesiology, expressed succinctly in Pope Francis’s description of the church as a “community of missionary disciples.”

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Print publication year: 2020

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Bevans, Stephen.Beyond the New Evangelization: Toward a Missionary Theology for the Twenty-First Century.” In A Church with Open Doors: Catholic Ecclesiology for the Third Millennium, edited by Gaillardetz, Richard R. and Hahnenberg, Edward P.. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2015.Google Scholar
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