Conclusion: The Body Mutinies

John C. Waldmeir

in Cathedrals of Bone

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230600
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236923 | DOI:
Conclusion: The Body Mutinies

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This chapter discusses the presentation of the Church as a body in the works of several writers. It suggests that most Catholic authors challenge the Church to take its own tradition very seriously. An example of this is Elizabeth Johnson's argument that Vatican II considers as basic doctrine the call for equal dignity of women and men created in the image of God, redeemed by Christ and graced by the Spirit. She believes that this doctrine constitutes nothing more than a network of sacred duties.

Keywords: Church as a body; Catholic writers; Vatican II; Elizabeth Johnson; Catholic literature

Chapter.  4111 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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