„Bez církve mizí Kristus v minulosti, bez Krista se stává církev pouhou organizací…“ [“Without church Christ disappears in the past, without Christ church becomes a mere organisation.” The relationship of Christ and church in the work of Joseph Ratzinger]

  • Pavel Frývaldský

Abstract

The relationship of Christ and church is an important topic in the work of Joseph Ratzinger – Pope Benedict XVI. This article presents a summary of Ratzinger’s theological approach in a double respect: first, it shows how the current Pope relates the mystery of church to Christ, then it expresses Ratzinger’s approach to Christology on the ground of church hermeneutics. The close connection between Christ and church, which is rethought by the author in the context of up-to-date Christological crisis of church life and in consequence of the 2nd Vatican Council (Lumen gentium, Dei Verbum), is con- veyed by the Ratzinger’s notion of church as God’s people, which rises from Christ’s body, and by his explanation of revelation, which is necessarily tied to the accepting subject of the church. Therefore church without Christ is dead and Christ without church incognoscible.
How to Cite
FRÝVALDSKÝ, Pavel. „Bez církve mizí Kristus v minulosti, bez Krista se stává církev pouhou organizací…“ [“Without church Christ disappears in the past, without Christ church becomes a mere organisation.” The relationship of Christ and church in the work of Joseph Ratzinger]. Acta Universitatis Carolinae Theologica, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 1, p. 87-111, june 2014. ISSN 2336-3398. Available at: <http://theologica.cz/index.php/theologica/article/view/39>. Date accessed: 22 oct. 2019.

Keywords

Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI; Christology; Ecclesiology; Revelation; Eucharist