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Lumen Gentium

  1. 1. Dogmatic Constitution on the ChurchLumenGentiumChrist is the Light of all Humanity . .
  2. 2. Oct 1958 John 23rd elected PopeJan 1959 John 23 summoned council1960 John 23rd1961 died June 3rd 1963Oct – Dec Opening of the Council Paul 6th became1962 Pope June 23rd 1963Oct – Dec Second session1963Oct – Dec Third session1964Oct – Dec Fourth session1965
  3. 3. The aims of the council . . . .To promote the enlightenment,edification, and joy of the entireChristian people;to extend a cordial invitation tothe faithful of the separatedcommunities to participate withus in this quest for unity andgrace, for which so many soulslong in all parts of the world. Pope John 23rd, January 1959
  4. 4. Three key themes running through the council . . .
  5. 5. Three key themes running through the council . . . Aggiornamento – Italian word meaning bringing up-to-date.
  6. 6. Three key themes running through the council . . .Aggiornamento – Italian word meaning bringing up-to-date.Ressourcement: a returning to the sources to ensure they are conformed to a more authentic view of the past.
  7. 7. Three key themes running through the council . . .Aggiornamento – Italian word meaning bringing up-to-date.Ressourcement – a returning to the sources to ensure they are conformed to a more authentic view of the past.Development of Doctrine – how to develop doctrine and show that in some way it was in scripture or the churchs tradition.
  8. 8. The mystery of the church The Father created the world to raise us all to divine life. The Son by his obedience brought about redemption. The Holy Spirit was sent to sanctify the church.
  9. 9. The mystery of the church The Lord Jesus set it on its course by preaching the good news The kingdom – a sheepfold, a flock, a cultivated field, the building of God, the new Jerusalem, the mother, Christ made us all, from all nations, the components of his own body and now we . . . .
  10. 10. We are called to follow Christ in thesame route, in poverty andpersecution. We encompass with love all who are afflicted with humansuffering and in the poor andafflicted . . . we do all we can torelieve their need and in them westrive to serve Christ.
  11. 11. The Peopleof God
  12. 12. The people of God . . .At all times and in every race Godhas given welcome to whoeverhears him and does what is righteveryone is called to belong to thenew people of God
  13. 13. The people of God
  14. 14. The people of God The Catholic faithful
  15. 15. The people of God The Catholic faithful Those who are baptised
  16. 16. The people of God The Catholic faithful Those who are baptised Those who have not yet received the gospel, including the Jews and the Muslims
  17. 17. The people of God The Catholic faithful Those who are baptised Those who have not yet received the gospel, including the Jews and the Muslims Those who seek the unknown God
  18. 18. The people of God The Catholic faithful Those who are baptised Those who have not yet received the gospel, including the Jews and the Muslims Those who seek the unknown God Those who do not know the gospel
  19. 19. The people of God The Catholic faithful Those who are baptised Those who have not yet received the gospel, including the Jews and the Muslims Those who seek the unknown God Those who do not know the gospel Those with no explicit knowledge of God
  20. 20. On theHierarchicalStructure ofthe Church,andparticularly onthe Episcopate
  21. 21. The Lord Jesus appointed twelve to bewith him;they took care to appoint successors;in the bishops, the Lord Jesus is presentin the midst of those who believe.
  22. 22. CollegialityIn the gospel, St Peter and the otherapostles constitute one apostoliccollege, so the Roman Pontiff and thebishops are joined together . . .the task of proclaiming the gospeleverywhere belongs to the body ofpastors, to all of whom in commonChrist gave his command, therebyimposing on them a common duty.
  23. 23. The Laity
  24. 24. The People of God includes laity,religious and clergy alike.Upon the laity rests the noble duty ofworking to extend the divine plan ofsalvation to everyone, in every epochand in every land.Let the laity remedy the customs andconditions of the world, if they are aninducement to sin, so that all may beconformed to the norms of justice.
  25. 25. They should try to reconcile rights andduties as members of the church as members of human society.In every temporal affair they must beguided by a Christian conscience.
  26. 26. Holiness
  27. 27. The Lord Jesuspreached holiness to all.
  28. 28. Holiness is for all who are moved by the Spirit of God obey the voice of the Father worship God in spirit and in truth follow the poor, humble Christ walk according to their personal giftsand duties
  29. 29. God is love,and whoever who abides inlove abides in God,and God abides in them.
  30. 30. The Sacred SynodReligious encourages and praises the men and women . . who in monasteries, schools and hospitals, or in the missions, adorn the Bride of Christ by their unswerving and humble faithfulness in their chosen consecration, and render generous services of all kinds to mankind.
  31. 31. The Eschatological Nature of the Pilgrim Church and its union with the church in heaven
  32. 32. The church attains its full glory onlyin heavenuntil then, some of the Lordsdisciples are exiles on earth,some having died are purifiedothers are in glory.
  33. 33. The Blessed Virgin Mary,Mother of God in the mystery of Christ and the church
  34. 34. Mary,consenting to the divine wordbecame the mother of Jesusthe one and only mediator.She freely co-operated in the work ofhuman salvation through faith andobedience.
  35. 35. Mary . . became the mother of Jesus . .embracing Gods salvific will with a full heart,and impeded by no sin,she devoted herself totally as a handmaid of theLord to the person and work of her son, underhim, and with him, by the grace of almighty God,serving the mystery of redemption . .freely co-operating in the work of humansalvation through faith and obedience. Lumen Gentium, paragraph 56
  36. 36. The Fathers have resolved on each and everyutterance in this dogmatic constitution.In virtue of the apostolic power handed to usfrom Christ, we join the venerable Fathers ingiving these utterances approval, decreeing andenacting them.We order that the synods enactments bepromulgated to the glory of God.St Peters, Rome, November 21st 1964Paul, bishop of the Catholic Church.The signatures of all the Fathers follow.
  37. 37. At the very end of the third session ofthe council, when the pope wassolemnly promulgating LumenGentium, he added:“For the glory of the Blessed Virgin,and for our consolation, we declare herMother of the Church.”

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