Writings on the Constitutional Law of the Church

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1. An All-Absorbing Faith
2. An Ecclesial Faith
3. A Missionary Faith
4. “Communio” and Evangelization

(Arturo Cattaneo)

1. Law in the Service of Communion
2. Consequences for Canonical Methodology

I. The Church, Sacrament of the Trinity

II. The Theology of the Local Church: Communion
1. The Idea of the Church
2. Synods
3. The Function of the Bishop

III. The Theology of the Universal Church
1. The Concept of the Church
2. Synods
3. The Function of the Bishop

IV. The Reform of Vatican II
1. The Council’s Ecclesiology.
2. The Collegial Structure
3. The Function of the Bishop

I. Ecclesiological Premises
1. Limitations of an Ecclesiology of the Particular Church
2. The Structural Relationship between the Universal and the Particular Church

II. Aspects of the Democratic Crisis
1. Worldly Logic and the Division of Power
2. Radical Insufficiency of the Consultative Vote?
3. The Ambiguity of Associations

III. Ecclesiological Prospects for Overcoming the Crisis
1. Communion as a Formal Principle of Ecclesial Life
2. The Construction of the Church as Global Commitment of the Christian
3. Service as Christian Efficiency
4. Witness Instead of Representation

IV. Conclusion

General Co-Responsibility
“The Right to Be Heard”
Roles of Priests and Laity
Not Mere Numerical Majority
Christian Common Judgment
Communion of Churches
Building up the Church

Truths Are for Living
Ways Theologians Act
Sizing of Functions Needed
Power-Vacuum Threatens
No Curia Theology
Analysis of New Norms
New Powers Spelled out
Querying of “Common” Views
Not-So-Common Teachings
Three Stages
Defender Allowed to Speak
Punitive Versus Factual Role
Conclusion: Not Just Punitive

I. The Oneness of the Priesthood of Christ, Root of the Unity and of the Diversity between the Common and the Ministerial Priesthood
II. Unity and Oneness of the Sacra Potestas
III. Conclusion

I. Premise
II. The Education of the Clergy
III. The Institution of the Presbyterium
IV. Various Institutions which Converge to Reinforce the Presbyterium
V. Conclusions

I. The Theoretical Problem
1. The Distinction between Orders and Jurisdiction
2. Dualistic Solution in Traditional Theoretical Explanations
3. Proposal of a New Solution: Unity and Oneness of the sacra potestas
4. Implications of the Uniqueness of the Sacra Potestas
5. Solution of the Typical Problems of the Doctrinal Discussion
6. The Communio as the Context of the Validity and Invalidity of the Acts of the Sacra Potestas

II. Sacra Potestas As Found in the New Code
1. Sacra Potestas in the Sacramental Context
2. Sacra Potestas in the Extra-Sacramental Context
3. Reform Marked by Juridical Positivism

I. The Epistemological Structure of the Code

II. Reception of the Ecclesiological Contents of Vatican II
1. The Faithful in General
2. The Laity
3. Communio Hierarchica
4. Sacra Potestas

III. Conclusion

I. The Ecclesiology of ‘Societas’
II. The Ecclesiology of Communio



I. Synodality, Conciliarity, Collegiality
1. The Terminological “Impasse” and the Underlying Misunderstanding
2. The Doctrinal Embarrassment of Vatican II and the First Clarifications
3. The Confirmation of the Historical Analysis

II. The Synodal Dimension of Episcopal Ministry
1. The Dynamics of the Reciprocal Immanence of its Constitutive Elements as the Essential Nucleus of the “Communio”
2. The Reciprocal Immanence Between the Personal and the Synodal Dimension of the Episcopal Ministry
3. The Sacramental Root of this Reciprocal Immanence
4. Two Different Modalities for the Realization of Apostolicity

III. The Principal Institutional Forms of Synodality
1. From the Ecumenical Council to the Conferences of Bishops
2. The Function of the Deliberative and Consultative Vote in the Exercise of Synodality

IV. Conclusions


II. Universal Church – Particular Church
III. Universal and Particular Law
IV. Considerations on the Code and on the Conferences of Bishops
V. Conclusions