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The Indivisible Totus Christus and the Universal Church

Wayte, Simon Richard (2019) The Indivisible Totus Christus and the Universal Church. In: Ecclesiology at the Beginning of the Third Millennium. Theology at the Beginning of the Third Millennium, eds. Wagner, Kevin; Naumann, M. Isabell and McGregor, Peter John. Pickwick Publications, Oregon, pp. 1-32. ISBN Unknown (In Press)

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Abstract

The relationship between the local and universal churches is examined in this chapter using the principle from Hans Urs von Balthasar that the whole is present in the part. This illuminates certain aspects of the debate between Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) and Kasper on the ontological priority of the universal church. Balthasar’s principle together with the connection between Christ and the Church based on Augustine’s concept of the totus Christus enables a deeper understanding of the relationship between the local and universal churches. It is found that the indivisibility of the totus Christus resolves some key difficulties in this debate. This indivisibility of the one totus Christus is brought into focus using the analogy of a hologram where the whole is quintessentially in the part. This leads to some fundamental implications for the ministry of priest and bishop.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Indivisible, Totus Christus, Universal Church, Holographic
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Rev Dr Simon Wayte
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2019 00:33
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2019 00:33
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3780

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