Author: George Nedugatt SJ
Publisher: Orientalia Christiana & Valore Italiano, 2019
Foreword by Bishop J. I. Arrieta Ochoa de Chinchetru
Roman Catholic theology experienced profound growth and development with the Second Vatican Council and since. With the renewal in scriptural, historical and ecumenical studies, open to new philosophical currents, and sensitive to diverse cultural contexts, Catholic systematic theology has undergone a remarkable evolution. The Church is societas sui generis, but vera societas “constituted and organized in this world as a society” (LG 8). That the Church is a true society is obvious to all who look at its history; but its specific nature is involved in mystery. In particular there is the relationship between faith, law and liturgy in the light of the classical adage Legem credendi statuat lex supplicandi. The Church is an adoring society. But the Church is also an acting society, and the adage should hold: Legem agendi statuat lex canonica.