Discover The Church
At the heart of the Christian Gospel is Jesus’ preaching about the Kingdom of God. A Kingdom, like a Republic or a State, is an idea which refers to a collectivity – a number of people who form some kind of community. It was therefore natural that, immediately after Jesus was taken from among his first disciples, they formed a community. (Look up Acts 1 and 2, especially 2:42-47 for an account of this.)
Christian tradition sees in that first community the beginnings of the Church. The Pentecostal event (Acts 2) marked the first beginning of the Church as we know it, i.e. a Church that no longer had the physical presence of the historical Jesus in its midst, but a Church that did possess the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. That is why Pentecost is commonly called “the birthday of the Church”.
In this special presentation, Fr. Francis Jamieson tells us all we need to know about the church, from its early days in the time of the Apostles and the changes effected in Vatican II to the role of the laity and the Church's role in the modern world.
Part 1: The Early Church
Part 2: Vatican II - Reintroducing the People of God
- The Churches of the Bible
- The Church the Apostles left behind
- The Relevance to our time
Part 3: The new role of the Laity. Church Law.
- The Constitution on the Church in Vatican II
- The Significance of the Constitution
- Collegiality, Subsidiarity, and Pluralism
- Some chain reactions
Part 4: The Church and the World
- The Role of the Laity
- The Laity in the 1983 code
- The 1983 Code of Canon Law
- The Constitution
- The Church’s Role in the Modern World
- Revisions and Reflections
Reference: The complete text of the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church
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Image titled "When they began to worship" is part of the Hearts Gallery Collection by Gwen Meharg. Copyright © 2003 Gwen Meharg. All rights reserved.