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Title: Yves Congar: Mentor for Theologians
Author(s): McBRIEN, Richard P.
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 29 Issue: 3-4 Date: fall-winter 2004
This article describes the impact that Yves Congar has had, and continues to have, on Catholic theologians. The style of the article is more autobiographical than academic in the traditional sense of the word. But in that regard, the style emulates Congar’s own frequent emphasis on the autobiographical in his reflections on his work as the Church’s foremost ecclesiologist. Congar’s whole approach to theology was always rooted in the sources of Tradition but linked at the same time with the current life of the Church and its abiding need for reform. In that sense, Congar was a controversial theologian without being a controversialist. His focus was always on service: service rendered to one another within the Church and to the Church as a whole, and the service of the Church to the world at large. As such, his ecclesiology was never ecclesiocentric.