Review: The Church Made Anew: Iuvenescit Ecclesia

The Church Made Anew: Iuvenescit EcclesiaThe Church Made Anew: Iuvenescit Ecclesia by Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting yet dry theological treatise from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith essentially dealing with the inherent relationship between the Church and the ‘new ecclesial movements’ that have sprung up in the wake of the Second Vatican Council.

The Congregation is keen to focus on the way in which these new ecclesial groups – of whatever persuasion – have a life that is naturally connected to what the document refers to as the hierarchical-institutional Church. Rather than an attempt to stifle the charisms that spark the new ecclesial groups, the Congregation necessarily connects these new charismatic gifts to the Church with the gifts that order and structure the Church – and sees them as stemming from the same Spirit at work in many different modalities and in different ages.

Not a document that everyone should read; but for those whose ministry includes leadership of any portion of the Faithful, this might almost be considered compulsory reading.

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