Corpus Mysticum

Corpus Mysticum : The Eucharist and the Church in the Middle Ages: Historical Survey

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One of the major figures of twentieth-century Catholic theology, Henri Cardinal de Lubac was known for his attention to the doctrine of the church and its life within the contemporary world. In Corpus Mysticum de Lubac investigates a particular understanding of the relation of the church to the eucharist. He sets out the nature of the church as communion, a doctrine that influenced the thinking of the Second Vatican Council. With the publication of Corpus Mysticum, this important text of contemporary Catholic ecclesiology and sacramental theology is available for the first time in an English translation. Its publication fills a significant gap in the range of de Lubac's works available to English-speaking scholars. It will be an important resource in the widespread and ongoing ecumenical discussions among Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox theologians. "This translation of Corpus Mysticum is a gift to medieval historians, liturgists, ecclesiologists, and any Christian interested in a profoundly prophetic reading of one of the central mysteries of her or his religion. This is one of a very few books that has formed our present consciousness of who we are as Catholics and Christians. To preserve access to it will significantly aid our attempts to move into a future to some extent already foreshadowed in de Lubac's study of the past." —Gary Macy, University of San Diego show more

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  • Paperback | 334 pages
  • 149.86 x 233.68 x 20.32mm | 498.95g
  • University of Notre Dame Press
  • United States
  • English
  • Revised.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0268025932
  • 9780268025939
  • 496,506

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"More than sixty years after its first release, "Corpus Mysticum" is now available for the first time in English translation . . . . It joins de Lubac's "Catholicism" (1938) and "The Splendour of the Church" (1953), both long since translated to English, as an indispensable trio shaping the twentieth-century renewal of an ecclesiology of Eucharistic communion. The Simmonds translation is an invaluable complement to contemporary scholarship that draws on de Lubac's history of the articulation of the relationship between the Eucharistic and ecclesial aspects of the body of Christ." --"Pro Ecclesia"show more

About Henri de Lubac

His Eminence Henri Cardinal de Lubac, SJ (1896 1991), a French Jesuit, is considered to be one of the most influential theologians of the twentieth century. He is the author of a number of books, including "Catholicism and Theology in History."Gemma Simmonds CJ is lecturer at Heythrop College, University of London. Richard Price is Lecturer at Heythrop College, University of London."show more