Wednesday, August 10, 2005

a book review

And this takes us to the third essential context: that of ecclesiology, of the understanding of the Church and the mystery of salvation. As presented today, it is the result of too many reductions. For if its root is surrender to culture, its pattern of development is shaped by clericalism. Clericalism is, on the one hand, the reduction of the Church to a power structure; and on the other hand, her reduction of that power structure to clergy. Thus, the alleged inferiority of women within secular society corresponds to their inferiority within the ecclesiastical power structure, their exclusion from the "clergy." And therefore, their liberation in secular society must correspond their liberation in the Church, i.e., their admission to the priesthood, etc.

The Church simply cannot be reduced to these categories. As long as we try to measure the ineffable mystery of her life by concepts and ideas a priori alien to her very essence, we mutilate her and her real power, glory and beauty. Her real life simply escapes us.

Read the whole review here.

1 comment:

DDX said...

Does the church really have "her real power, glory and beauty." Isn't "Her real life..." that thus "simply escapes us," His life? Isn't the church's role on earth to reflect the power, glory and beauty of The Son rather than it's own? To my thinking, the question to be settled is: Whose church is it? Is it their's, our's or His? -- DDX