McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
George S. Worgul
James P. Hanigan
Maureen R. O'Brien
Christian Marriage, Domestic Church, Marriage, Sacrament, Vatican Council II
The purpose of this dissertation is to determine in what sense the Christian family can be called Church: not at all, analogically, and/or univocally. Integral to the dissertation is that the hierarchical magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church has developed significantly the ecclesial nature of the Christian family during the past three decades. During the Second Vatican Council the council fathers developed a seed text in which they use the term "domestic Church" to connote this ecclesial dimension of Christian marriage and the family which derives from it.
The core of this study is two-fold: first, to determine the meaning, use, and significance of the term "domestic Church" in select, official Roman Catholic Church teaching since Vatican Council II; and second, to provide a theological critique of the findings and to reflect upon some implications for theology and pastoral ministry. Beginning with The Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (1964) and ending with A Family Perspective In Church and Society: A Manual For All Pastoral Leaders (1988), the dissertation attempts to clarify the meaning and use of the term and to express its significance for understanding the nature of the Christian family and of the Church.
Mastroianni, E. (1999). Christian Family As Church? Inquiry, Analysis, and Pastoral Implications (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/888