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The Role and Function of Charism in the Theology of Yves Congar

Johnson Mudavassery

This book reveals the ecclesiological values of charisms in the context of the growing values of personalism in the Church. Yves Congar understands charisms in the light of pneumatological christology. The study discovers that Congar’s concept of charisms mirrors the values of the arrangement of the first three chapters in Lumen Gentium. The role of charism is most intensive when Congar combines it with the concept of the people of God. His ecclesial diagrams bring out the complementary roles of hierarchy and laity. Thanks to charisms, the Church is neither a pyramid nor is she ready-made. She is always on the process of being built-up by God. Congar exalts the priesthood of the faithful and advocates prophecy of the whole Church without departing from the apostolicity of the Church.
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When a work reaches its completion, thanks to the grace of God, the expression of gratitude is a flood of joy. The drafting and completion of this dissertation is none other than the experience of God’s grace and his mercy.

I was eruditely guided by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Müller, a member of Congar’s religious Order. I could experience his depth of knowledge in my discussions with him and also in his guidance. From the depths of my heart, I thank him for his willing compliance, generous availability and scholarly support.

A special word of thanks is due to Dr. Tony Kolarikkal, Sr. Priya OCD and David Paintin for their precious linguistic and technical help. My gratitude goes also to my previous provincials and the present Provincial Dr. Prasad Joseph Theruvath OCD. I am grateful to Dr. Antony Kavunguvalappil OCD, the superior and the members of my religious community who provided me with motivation and created a joyous atmosphere of religious life. This study would have been impossible without the financial help given by the Stiftung Kloster der Karmeliter, Basel and Reudi Beck, the Pfarrer, who realized it. ← IX | X →

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