THE VULNERABILITY OF THE CHURCH – ECCLESIOLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS

Leo J Punt

Abstract


The Decade to Overcome Violence requires a spirituality that acknowledges one’s
own vulnerability. What does this mean for ecclesiology? The author suggests
distinguishing four aspects, i.e. physical, moral, communicative and compassionate
vulnerability. In order to prevent an abstract, if not docetic type of ecclesiology, the
key issue is how to deal with the moral vulnerability of the church. Several
traditional strategies are no longer really satisfactory. A preferable way to keep
ecclesiology connected with real church life is by taking liturgy as the point of
departure. Furthermore, the author suggests to distinguish four ‘quality markers’ of
the church, to be used to link the theological proprietates of the church of faith with
the practical aspects of church life: inclusivity, authenticity, conciliarity and
integrity. Different aspects of vulnerability can be connected with these quality
markers.

Keywords


Ecclesiology, Church Law, Liturgy, Vulnerability, Sin

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/102-0-603

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