The Church as the Bride of Christ in Magisterial Teaching from Leo XIII to John Paul II

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The Church as the Bride of Christ in Magisterial Teaching from Leo XIII to John Paul II

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dc.contributor.advisor McPartlan, Paul en_US
dc.contributor.author Lichtenwalner, Andrew W. en_US
dc.contributor.other Root, Michael en_US
dc.contributor.other Ruddy, Christopher en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-01T16:44:12Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-01T16:44:12Z
dc.date.created 2012 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-06-01
dc.identifier.other Lichtenwalner_cua_0043A_10294 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1961/10259
dc.description Degree awarded: Ph.D. Systematic Theology. The Catholic University of America en_US
dc.description.abstract The Church as the Bride of Christ in Magisterial Teaching from Leo XIII to John Paul IIAndrew W. Lichtenwalner, Ph.D.Director: Msgr. Paul McPartlan, S.T.L., D.Phil.The image of the Church as the Bride of Christ is a long-standing and preeminent ecclesial image that continues to offer insights and provoke questions for ecclesiology. Interest in ecclesial bridal imagery reemerged with particular intensity in the Catholic Church in the first half of the twentieth century through the ressourcement. While the magisterium of Pope John Paul II is particularly well-known for its use of spousal imagery, there was a significant trajectory of teaching on the Church as the Bride of Christ in preceding papal and conciliar teaching. This dissertation investigates (1) the use of ecclesial bridal imagery in twentieth-century papal and conciliar teaching from Leo XIII to John Paul II, and (2) the significance and implications of such usage for ecclesiology. The study first surveys the historical use of ecclesial bridal imagery, illustrating the image's traditional application in various areas of theology. It then discusses the notion of metaphor in preparation for the subsequent analysis of the nature and use of ecclesial bridal imagery. An exposition of the papal and conciliar teaching follows, wherein key themes and patterns of use of bridal imagery are identified. In particular, the study finds with Pius XII's teaching a clear shift and intensification in the use of bridal imagery. John Paul II's use of the imagery is therefore contextualized within a broader range of previous teaching. Finally, the study evaluates the span of this usage found in twentieth-century teaching and considers its relevance for ongoing questions concerning the personhood of the Church, the relation of bodily and bridal imagery, men and women in the Church, and the Church's identity and eschatological fulfillment. The study concludes by considering the enduring and prophetic value of ecclesial bridal imagery. As an emblematic and irreducible metaphor, the image of the Church as the Bride of Christ offers a unique window to the mystery of the Church and discloses a dynamic and dramatic ecclesial identity meant to be lived and realized by every member of the Church. en_US
dc.format.extent 502 p. en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.publisher The Catholic University of America en_US
dc.subject Theology en_US
dc.subject Philosophy en_US
dc.subject Religious history en_US
dc.subject.other Bride of Christ en_US
dc.subject.other Church en_US
dc.subject.other ecclesial imagery en_US
dc.subject.other magisterium en_US
dc.subject.other metaphor en_US
dc.subject.other spousal analogy en_US
dc.title The Church as the Bride of Christ in Magisterial Teaching from Leo XIII to John Paul II en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US


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