General Objective: To help students understand the doctrine and Theology of the Church.
Course Outlines: 1. The eternal saving plan of God includes the formation of the Church. 2. Symbolism of the Church in the Old Testament: Preparation, figures, and institutions. 3. The Church in the New Testament: Words and deeds of Christ, the disciples and the apostles, primacy of Peter, the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, words and deeds of the Apostles, the teaching of St. Paul, the remnant writings of the NT. 4. The main marks of the Church: unity (subsistence, wounds); holiness (sources, signs, just and sinners in the Church); catholicity (universality and particularity, missionary); apostolicity (succession, Petrine office, papal office). 5. The people of God (laity, and the threefold ministry). 6. The Church as sacrament of salvation. Ecumenism and interreligious dialogue in the Church. 7. The Church and the world. 8. The eschatological dimension of the Church.
Textbook: Haffner, Paul. 2010. Mystery of the Church. 2nd Rev. Edition. Leominster: Gracewing. Bibliography: Catechism of the Catholic Church. 1994. 2nd Edition. Vatican City: LEV; Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. 1992. Communionis notio: Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on Some Aspects of the Church as Understood as Communion. Vatican City: LEV; Congregation or the Doctrine of the Faith. 2000. Dominus Iesus: Declaration on the Unicity and Salvific Universality of Jesus Christ and the Church, Vatican City: LEV; International Theological Commission. 1987. Selected Themes of Ecclesiology. San Francisco: Ignatius Press; Vatican Council II. 1998. Documents. Edited by A. Flannery. New York/Dublin: Costello/Dominican Publications.