Ecclesiology : Introduction

lreli1291  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Ecclesiology : Introduction
5 credits
30.0 h
Q1

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2021-2022
Language
French
Main themes
To meet these objectives, the course covers the following: (unit A - ecclesiology - 3 credits [45 h])
(1) (on the basis of the texts of Vatican II): the Church as mystery and historical institution; the holding together of the common mission of the baptised and of the various ministries; the uniqueness of the Church and the multiplicity of the Churches; the Church as sacrament of salvation for the world;
(2) (ecumenism): history and current situation of the main Christian denominations; history of the ecumenical movement and of the World Council of Churches; the Conciliar decree Unitatis redintegratio; the bilateral dialogues of the Roman Catholic Church and ecumenism in Belgium; (unit B - pastoral theology - 2 credits [30 h])
(3) meanings of the word "pastoral" in Biblical revelations; source, genesis and development of pastoral/practical theology; current methods in pastoral /practical theology; application to topical questions; (unit C - canon law - 1 credit [15 h])
(4) reflection on the justification, nature, goals and limits of canon law in its relationship with theology, on one hand, and with the concrete life of the Church on the other hand. In addition, the course includes a practical initiation to the use of reference texts in ecclesiology.
Aims

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 By the end of this course, the student should be able: - to deal, on the basis of the texts of Vatican II, particularly Lumen Gentium, with the main current questions in ecclesiology; - to give objective information on the current questions in ecumenism; - to identify the nature, the goals and the players of pastoral practices; to use the instruments necessary to describe, analyse and evaluate pastoral practices; - to understand the place and role of canon law in the life and practice of the Church; to appreciate how ecclesiological data are implemented concretely in canon law; - to use the documents and work instruments in ecclesiology, including the texts of Vatican II and the "Code of Canon Law"; - to hold together ecclesiology, pastoral theology and canon law.
 
2 - give objective information on the current questions in ecumenism;
 
3 - identify the nature, the goals and the players of pastoral practices and to use the instruments necessary to describe, analyse and evaluate pastoral practices;
 
4 - understand the place and role of canon law in the life and practice of the Church and to appreciate how ecclesiological data are implemented concretely in canon law;
 
5 - use the documents and work instruments in ecclesiology, including the texts of Vatican II and the "Code of Canon Law";
 
6 - hold together ecclesiology, pastoral theology and canon law.
 
Content
Unit 1 Ecclesiology: On the basis of the texts of Vatican II, particularly Lumen gentium and Unitatis redintegratio, the course will deal with some fundamental questions in ecclesiology today: the relationship between theological mystery and historical institution within Church's reality; the holding together of the common mission of the baptized, and of the ministries, the ordained ones especially; the ecumenical question of the multiplicity of Christian Churches, and the efforts to get over the divisions amongst them; the Church as sacrament of salvation for the world, and her relationship with non Christian religions in particular. One will also take care of holding together ecclesiology, pastoral theology and canon law. Unit 2 Canon law: After a short historical introduction, the canonical approach will be focused on the main issues addressed by the differents schools of theology of canon law, in three perspectives : (a) normative validity (b) normative legitimacy (c) normative effectivity of canon law within the Catholic Church. The conclusive part will discuss the specificity of canon law for the Church, the faithfull and the society today. The main methodological principles for a research in canon law will be introduced.
Evaluation methods
Oral exam (Ecclesiology)
Faculty or entity


Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Sigle
Credits
Prerequisites
Aims
Minor in Christian Theology

Additionnal module in Religious Studies

Bachelor in religious studies

Certificat universitaire en théologie (fondements)