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When discussing the collapse of the sacrament of reconciliation or the difficulties posed by an inadequate theology of ecclesial sinfulness, one can easily get the impression that these matters are relatively obscure and unimportant; both my students and I have grown up in the thoroughly "postconfessional" world to which Hellwig and John Paul II were responding.
Why would some people living in the same barrio opt to participate in an Ecclesial Base Community (CEB) while others, often members of the same family, join a Pentecostal church?
The third is explicitly oriented toward analysis of Catholic Ecclesial Base Communities and Pentecostal congregations in Mexico, from an object ethnographic standpoint.
The ecclesial authorities always stood with a certain mistrust over against Loehe and wanted to see him not in an influential position but rather in an unimpressive country pastorate.
In contrast, the ecclesial and political posture which Clapp describes as radicalization may be precisely what is needed to shape a non-supersessionist hermeneutic in a post-Christendom world.
One of the clearest implications to emerge from the nineteenth-century speculations about the Church was that the Church could not be simply an aggregate of local communities, the sum of limited ecclesial parts.
He begins by presenting the "Rules for Thinking, Judging, and Feeling with the Church" from Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises, then covers exemplars from the 16th and 17th centuries, 20th-century Jesuit theologians, and the Ignatian ecclesial disposition and the contemporary papacy.
That's a lot of what these lay ecclesial ministers will do."
(3) According to Ladislas Orsy, it was "an event of conversion." (4) This conversion event and the call to ecclesial conversion, which its documents encapsulate, continue to challenge us.
History has revealed that any metamorphosis in ecclesial landscape presents possibilities which can prove to be either a promise or a problem for the movement toward visible unity.
It points to an unrecognized, underappreciated, and unresolved problem in the theory of Catholic education's aims regarding the desired ecclesial agency that educated Catholic lay persons are expected to learn from their experiences in Catholic schools.
At the core of this well-balanced study and perhaps the very subject matter it addresses is the inherent challenge of securing ecclesial identity wholly apart from institutional coerciveness.