“Straining Toward Communion”: Implications of Communion Theology

Judith K. Schaefer, OP, Ph.D.

Abstract


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As Catholic institutions of higher education attempt to engage in conversations around the role and limits of civil law and canon law in their operations and mission, and at a time when shared governance requires deeper conversation with faculty, Trustees, and sponsoring religious congregations, an understanding of the nature and structure of the Catholic Church itself can prove instructive. The twentieth century model known as communion - the church as koinonia/communion, a communion of communions - provides an informative resource for conversations about inclusion, partnership, Catholic identity, and mission in Catholic higher education in the twenty-first century. The medium of Catholic higher education can provide a critical forum for understanding multivalent expressions of communion ecclesiology and its implications, as well as the value and constraints of the var­ious interpretations that are currently operative.

Keywords


Communion theology; American Catholic Higher Education; Lasallian pedagogy;

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