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Title: Katholiek in oecumenisch perspectief
Subtitle: De ecclesiologie van Ton van Eijk
Author(s): WITTE, Henk
Journal: Bijdragen
Volume: 64    Issue: 4   Date: 2003   
Pages: 453-461
DOI: 10.2143/BIJ.64.4.503587

Abstract :
Sign of Presence, A Catholic Ecclesiology in Ecumenical Perspective is the title of the recent ecclesiology by Ton van Eijk. In seven chapters he discusses the main topics of a Catholic ecclesiology. The chapters deal with the relation of the church to the Reign of God and to the Jewish people, the understanding of the church as sacrament, as koinonia/communio and as Eucharistic communion, and ministry. Van Eijk prefers to think about the church, inspired by modern French sacramental theology (esp. Chauvet), as sign of God’s presence. The perspective of his study is ecumenical. He brings to the fore the (critical) points of view of other denominations and tries to transcend them, he compares Roman Catholic authoritative texts to those from the World Council of Churches and he discusses actual ecumenical topics as Eucharistic sharing and Episcopal ministry.