By Miroslav Volf
In After Our Likeness, Miroslav Volf explores the connection among folks and neighborhood in Christian theology. He seeks to counter the traits towards individualism in Protestant ecclesiology and provides group its due.
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Ibid. 98. There can be no Eucharist of the universal church in the sense of a statio orbis (see Afanassief, "Statio orbis"; Legrand, Realisation, 166, note 23. 99. Ratzinger, Schauen, 79. 100. ; Fest, 128. 101. Lumen Gentium 26. 102. See Christus Dominus 11. Cf. Ratzinger, Gemeinschaft, 41. 103. 3 below. 104. Ratzinger, Gemeinschaft, 41. So also the document of the Congregation of Faith concerning the church as communio ("Kirche," note 9). 105. 3 below. 106. 2 above. 107. Ratzinger, Das neue Volk, 95.
In what follows, I will analyze Ratzinger's understanding of democratization in the church, of the liturgical form of worship, and of ecclesial spirituality, all of which derive from the above understanding of the position of the communio fidelium in liturgy. 2. "181 This is why laypersons can- 176. Ratzinger, "Demokratisierung," 39. 177. Ratzinger, Volk, 149. 178. Ratzinger, Das neue Volk, 151 (my emphasis). 179. Ibid. 180. Ratzinger, Volk, 149. 181. Ratzinger, "Demokratisierung," 32. 62 182. ).
105. 3 below. 106. 2 above. 107. Ratzinger, Das neue Volk, 95. 46 47 AFTER OUR LIKENESS Ratzinger: Communion and the Whole 3. "111 Next to transtemporality, communicability is the most important characteristic of tradition as collective memory. From this it follows, Ratzinger claims, that tradition cannot live without the bearer of tradition; the latter can only be a certain community of discourse. Ratzinger is not satisfied, however, with merely establishing the connection between tradition and community of discourse.