Six Contemporary Versions of Catholic Communion Ecclesiology
Doyle expresses the belief that “Any ecclesiological approach that would systematically exclude one of these versions would be less than ‘Catholic’” (ibid), and that “Every one of the above six schools of thought contributes something important to a Catholic vision” (20).
- ”A CDF [Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith] version, notable for its emphasis on the priority of the Church universal and the importance of certain visible church structures.
- A Rahnerian version, notable for its emphasis on the sacramentality of the world and on the communion with God that exists within all humankind.
- A Balthasarian version, notable for its emphasis on the uniqueness of Christian revelation and its aesthetic character.
- A liberation version, notable for its emphasis on the option for the poor and on the political implications of communion.
- A contextual version, notable for its emphasis on gender, ethnicity, and social location as the context for appreciating relationality.
- A reforming version, notable for its emphasis on the need for Roman Catholics to challenge radically their own ecclesiological presuppositions in the interest of ecumenical progress.