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The Sacramental Ecclesiology of "Lumen Gentium"

Avery Cardinal Dulles
Gregorianum
Vol. 86, No. 3 (2005), pp. 550-562
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23582405
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Abstract

The term 'sacrament' was attributed to the Church by Vatican II, which had rediscovered its significance thanks to a recent renewal of studies in Patristics. The term 'mystery' is traditionally a specification of all the sacraments. The fundamental mystery of the Church as communion-in-Christ invites us to interpret her essential meaning without reducing her to being only one of the possible ways to salvation, but also without giving her an exclusivity on the 'physical' level. The Church is structured according to her mission of holiness; her finality is the salvation of the world. Le terme 'sacrement' a été attribué à l'Église par Vatican II qui en avait retrouvé la signification grâce au récent renouveau de la patristique. Le 'mystère' spécifie traditionnellement tout sacrement. Le mystère fondateur de l'Église-communion en Christ invite aussi à interpréter son essence sans la réduire à n'être qu'une des voies possibles du salut, mais sans lui réserver non plus une exclusivité d'ordre 'physique'. L'Église est structurée selon sa mission de sainteté, sa finalité étant le salut du monde.

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