On the nature of the Church

On the nature of the Church

Submitted by frlarry on

The late Cardinal Avery Dulles authored a brilliant study of the nature of the Church, titled Models of the Church. Published originally in 1974, he issued a second, revised, edition in 1991. The new edition added a new model to be considered, bringing the total to 6:

The Church as...

  1. an institution
  2. a mystical communion
  3. a sacrament
  4. a herald
  5. a servant
  6. a community of disciples

Each of these models offers an important perspective of what the Church is, why it is and what its purpose and function is.

In this brief reflection, I hope to offer an additional perspective that unites Old and New Testament revelation with relatively current theological concepts.


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