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Title: Congar, Architect of the Unam Sanctam
Author(s): MELLONI, Alberto
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 29    Issue: 3-4   Date: fall-winter 2004   
Pages: 222-238
DOI: 10.2143/LS.29.3.583141

Abstract :
This paper shows that if there is a single theme running through Congar’s intellectual development, it is the Church. Beginning with the struggle of the pre-Vatican II Church against “modernizing forces,” it is argued that the ecclesiastical system at the heart of the Catholic Church constitutes the greatest threat to the unam sanctam. Congar is shown to be an “indefatigable explorer” within a vast slow Church reintroducing two processes from which the Church had cut itself off, namely, unity and modernity.

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