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The Shape of the Church

RICHARD LENNAN

in The Ecclesiology of Karl Rahner

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269557
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683695 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269557.003.0003
The Shape of the Church

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This chapter examines Karl Rahner’s response to questions concerning the justification for the existence of the Church’s structures and the capability of these structures to respond to new situations without the loss of identity. It address the first question via the notion of ius divinum and the second by investigating the dynamics between the connection between the episcopate and the primacy. The chapter explains that Rahner is committed to the legitimacy of the structures in the Church and that the structured Church is a fundamental element of his sacramental theology.

Keywords: Karl Rahner; Church structures; ius divinum; episcopate; primacy; sacramental theology

Chapter.  14191 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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