The Theologian in the Local Church


  • Shaji George Kochuthara Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK)


Theologian, Local Church, Vatican II


One of the unique contributions of Vatican II is the theology of the local Church. Whereas in the pre-Vatican II period the emphasis was on the universal Church, its unity and uniformity and the Papacy, in Vatican II there is a shift of emphasis to the local Churches with their diversity and legitimate autonomy. The local Church is the concrete manifestation of the universal Church. The local Church is fully the Church, not just an administrative unit of the universal Church. However, Vatican II documents did not give a precise definition of the local Church. ‘Local Church’ could mean a Basic Christian Community, a Eucharistic assembly, a parish, a diocese, an individual sui iuris Church, a regional Church, a national Church, etc.

Author Biography

Shaji George Kochuthara, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK)



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Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia.

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Second Vatican Council, Gaudium et Spes.

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How to Cite

Kochuthara, S. G. (2019). The Theologian in the Local Church. Asian Horizons, 13(02), 125–130. Retrieved from