SITUATING COLLEGIALITY WITHIN SYNODALITY

  • Rafael Luciani Universidad Católica Andrés Bello of Caracas
Keywords: Church Reform, Clericalism, Collegiality, Hierarchy, People of God, Primacy, Synodality

Abstract

Hierarchy and ordained ministry must be understood in the light of the ecclesiology of the People of God. The juxtaposition of chapters two [People of God] and three [Hierarchy] of Lumen Gentium, led to a concentration of power and authority in the Hierarchy and contributed to the consolidation of a clericalized institutional culture. The need to situate Hierarchy within the People of God, as one more faithful, is fundamental for a synodal Church. Synodality offers the most adequate interpretative framework for understanding and reforming hierarchical ministry, and opens the way to overcome institutionalized clericalism. As a constitutive dimension of the Church, Synodality implies a new way of proceeding that needs to be learned, affecting styles of living, mentalities and structures. But, as Francis has reminded, it is impossible to think of an ecclesial conversion that does not include the active participation of all the members of God’s People, not only in processes of consultation, but also in decision-making, decision-taking and their execution at all levels, including Church governance.

Author Biography

Rafael Luciani, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello of Caracas

Rafael Luciani is a Venezuelan layman, with a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian Pontifical University and with post-doctoral research at the Julius Maximilians Universität in Germany. He is Full Professor at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello of Caracas and Extraordinary Professor at the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College. He serves as Expert for the Latin American Bishops Conference (CELAM) and the Latin American Confederation of Religious (CLAR). He is founder of the Ibero-American Theology Project and a member of the Peter & Paul Seminar for the Reform of the Church.

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Published
2021-02-28
How to Cite
Luciani, R. (2021). SITUATING COLLEGIALITY WITHIN SYNODALITY. Asian Horizons, 15(1), 34-55. Retrieved from http://dvkjournals.in/index.php/ah/article/view/3773