Henri de Lubac

Gabriel Flynn

in The Oxford Handbook of Ecclesiology

Published in print June 2018 | ISBN: 9780199645831
Published online July 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191756740 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Henri de Lubac

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This chapter provides an interpretative framework for understanding de Lubac’s ecclesiology. It first reconstructs key elements in his vision of the church within his overarching view of a ‘total’ ecclesiology. De Lubac’s vision of ‘totality’ provides a hermeneutical key to interpret his thought on the church and is considered in the context of his contribution to the renewed theology of the ‘mystical body’, the fruits of which have been garnered since Vatican II under the appellation ‘communion ecclesiology’. The second major section expounds de Lubac’s profoundly Eucharistic ecclesiology and shows how it provides a spiritual and social vision for the contemporary world.

Keywords: communion ecclesiology; Eucharistic ecclesiology; Henri de Lubac; mystical body; reform; ressourcement; Roman Catholic ecclesiology; Vatican II

Article.  11152 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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