The Church as Communion in Small Christian Communities in South Korea

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The Church as Communion in Small Christian Communities in South Korea

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dc.contributor.advisor McPartlan, Paul G en_US Kim, Daesup en_US
dc.contributor.other Green, Thomas J en_US
dc.contributor.other Gorman, Michael en_US
dc.contributor.other McPartlan, Paul G en_US
dc.contributor.other Galvin, John P en_US
dc.contributor.other Witczak, Michael G en_US 2011-06-24T17:11:19Z 2011-06-24T17:11:19Z 2011 en_US 2011-06-24T17:11:19Z
dc.identifier.other Kim_cua_0043A_10209 en_US
dc.description Degree awarded: S.T.D. Systematic Theology. The Catholic University of America en_US
dc.description.abstract The Church as Communion in Small Christian Communities in South KoreaDaesup Kim, S.T.D.Director: Msgr. Paul McPartlan, D. Phil.In light of the development of an ecclesiology of communion in the Catholic Church in recent decades, the Catholic Church in South Korea has implemented a structure of small Christian communities (SCCs) in each parish. However, there has been a lack of real understanding and analysis of SCCs in terms of the idea of the Church as communion. Instead, they have generally been regarded as one of the best ways for evangelization and for parish renewal. This seems to be because the SCCs have been implemented while mostly focusing on the mission of the Church, without fully considering the essential nature of the Church as a whole. This dissertation traces the implementation and establishment of SCCs in the Church of South Korea. It then analyzes this development in light of the ecclesiology of communion developed on the universal level in the teaching of Vatican II and subsequent magisterial teachings (noting Christological, ecclesial, and evangelical dimensions of the idea), and on the regional level in the documents of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC; noting especially understandings of communion as liberation, as dialogue, and as harmony).It is concluded that SCCs in South Korea have promoted communion in the Church, especially in terms of personal communion with Jesus Christ through meditation on the Gospel, friendlier communion among the parishioners, more active participation of the laity in the parish and in the evangelization of their neighborhood. However, there are still some issues to be resolved and points to be developed, in order to find a truly inculturated model for the SCCs and proper methods of Gospel-sharing and of lay spirituality fitting for the Korean environment. The dissertation makes suggestions towards that end.SCCs have been true expressions of ecclesial communion and centers of evangelization in South Korea. Accordingly, it can be said that with the help of the SCC movement the Church in South Korea is in process toward becoming a true local Church, a true Church-in-communion. en_US
dc.format.extent 339 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.other Church en_US
dc.subject.other Communion en_US
dc.subject.other FABC en_US
dc.subject.other Small Christian Communities en_US
dc.subject.other South Korea en_US
dc.title The Church as Communion in Small Christian Communities in South Korea en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US

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