This course explores the mystery of the Church as seen in the light of Vatican II. The basic document is Lumen Gentium. The aim is to examine questions regarding origin, nature, structure, and mission of the Church. At the end of the course, the students will have a better understanding of the the nature, the structure, the work of the Church, and a better understanding of the ecclesiological teaching of the Second Vatican Council.

Course code: FIXEN014

ECTS Credits: 6

Professor: Martin Lavoie

Table of content

CHAPTER I : EKKLESIA (ekklesia) in the New Testament and the Early Fathers

CHAPTER II : The Church according to the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium

CHAPTER III : The four marks of the Church

CHAPTER IV : The Church as the Body of Christ

CHAPTER V : The Church as the People of God

CHAPTER VI : The Church as sacrament

CHAPTER VII : The Church of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church

CHAPTER VIII : Organizational structures of the Catholic Church