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date: 28 March 2020

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This chapter provides an interpretative framework for understanding the ecclesiology of Yves Congar, one of the leading architects of ressourcement and communion ecclesiology in modern Roman Catholic theology. It examines how his comprehensive theology of the church, synthesized in the notion of a ‘total ecclesiology’, was formulated in response to particular problems of the time. The section ‘Return to the Sources’ reconstructs his vision of the church, which shows that a renewed ecclesiology forms an essential theological basis for church renewal. ‘The Vision of the Church in Congar’s Theology’ investigates the shape of the renewed church, with particular attention to the principal means proposed by Congar for its renewal. ‘The Shape of the Church in Congar’s Theology’ assesses his idea of true reform, based on the recognition of the indefectibility of the church’s visible institution and faithful adherence to its tradition.

Keywords: communion ecclesiology, ecumenism, inter-religious dialogue, pneumatology, reception, reform, ressourcement, secularization, total ecclesiology, Vatican II

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