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Vatican II Themes - Richard McBrien

NCR brings us six important essays by Fr Richard McBrien

The Second Vatican Council understood the church as ecumenical, that is, embracing "the whole wide world" of Christians. The Body of Christ consists not only of Catholics, but also Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans (in the United States they are known as Episcopalians), Protestants, and Oriental Christians alike.


      -- The Church as an Eschatological Community 

     -- The Church is Ecumenical 

     -- The Church as Communion

     -- The Church as Mystery, or Sacrament

     -- The People of God

     -- The Church as Servant