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Holy Spirit Lecture and Colloquium

An Evangelizing Communion: The Church, the Holy Spirit, and Vatican II

November 14, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Rev. Msgr. Paul McPartlan, STL, DPhil
The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC


The Annual Holy Spirit Lecture and Colloquium is an expression of Duquesne’s mission and charism as a University founded by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit and dedicated
to the Holy Spirit.

This ongoing series of lectures and colloquia encourages the exploration of ideas pertaining to the theology of the Holy Spirit within an ecumenical context and in dialogue with contemporary issues. Lectures are published and mailed out gratis, while also being available on this website.

Featuring:
Rev. Msgr. Paul McPartlan, STL, DPhil
Rev. Msgr. McPartlanMsgr. Paul McPartlan is a priest of the diocese of Westminster, UK and the Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Having gained his DPhil from the University of Oxford, he taught Systematic Theology at Heythrop College, London, before coming to the USA. He is a member of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, and has participated in international Catholic-Methodist and Catholic-Anglican dialogue, also. He has served two five-year terms as a member of the Catholic Church's International Theological Commission. Author of The Eucharist Makes the Church: Henri de Lubac and John Zizioulas in Dialogue (1993, 2006), Sacrament of Salvation: An Introduction to Eucharistic Ecclesiology (1995), A Service of Love: Papal Primacy, the Eucharist and Church Unity (2013), and many articles on ecclesiology and ecumenism, he also edited John Zizioulas' book, Communion and Otherness (2006).   

Lecture Abstract

Pope St John XXIII prayed that Vatican II would be a new Pentecost, a powerful occasion of renewal for the Church in its mission in the world. The Extraordinary Synod of 1985, however, said that ‘the ecclesiology of communion is the central and fundamental idea of the Council's documents', which seems to imply gathering and inwardness. Pneumatology is the key to holding these two ideas together: the Spirit of Pentecost and mission is also the Spirit of communion and koinonia (2Cor 13:13), and the Gospel the Church goes out to proclaim is precisely the good news of the reconciliation and peace that only Christ can give (Jn 14:27).

The lecture will explore the idea of the Church as an evangelizing communion, particularly in relation to the Eucharist and for the benefit of dialogue between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, which have tended to emphasize opposite poles from this pairing. It will also suggest, in light of this idea and the action of the Holy Spirit, a correlation or configuration of the four constitutions of the Council.

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