The church as “People of God” was one of the most striking images to emerge from Vatican II. It set in motion a dynamic revolution in Catholic self-understanding, opening the church to the role of the laity, the dignity of the poor, and the unfolding of history. Yet many sectors of the church preferred fairly quickly to shelve this term, favoring instead the image of the church as “communion.”
José Comblin,who recently turned 80, has been acclaimed as one of the most creative theologians alive today. Born in Belgium, he has lived in Latin America for most of his life. His many books include Cry of the Oppressed, The Holy Spirit and Liberation, and Called for Freedom.
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