Novis Habitus Mentis. Canon Law as Empowerment of Communio with Particular Application to Selected New Ecclesial Communities and Associations

Author: Higgins, M. Bonaventure
Year:2014
Pages:468
ISBN:0-7734-4277-4
978-0-7734-4277-1
Price:299.95
This book considers if Canon Law, in compliance with the call of Vatican II to novus habitus mentis, is relevant to, supportive of, and facilitates the empowerment ofcommunio with particular application to new communities and associations in the Church in fostering their growth, development and recognition, with specific emphasis on the traditional concern of the Church for those marginalized in modern society.

Reviews

“Sister M. Bonaventure’s work…selected a number of the newer ecclesial movements and associations to review their visions, goals and mission, and to see how each of them, in their own way, would exemplify a new way of thinking in exercising a mission that would remain in perfect harmony with the traditions and doctrine of the Church.”
-Francis G. Morrisey, OMI, PhD, JCD,
Professor Emeritus 9and former Dean),
Faculty of Canon Law,
St. Paul University, Canada


“The central theme of the book is whether canon law is relevant to and supportive of the concept of communion…The originality of the thesis consists in investigating the practical influence of a novus habitus mentis on canon law, enabling it to empower communion in its pastoral responsibility in ministering to the marginalized.”
-Dr. Helen Costigane, Senior Lecturer,
Dept. Pastoral Studies,
Heythrop College, University of London


“A new way of looking at Canon Law as “empowerment… In her analysis, the author provides great insight into the positives and negatives associated with the groups she chooses to examine…In this way, [she] demonstrates the on-going work of the Holy Spirit in the life and ministry of the Church and the wisdom of the Legislator in providing a law flexible enough to enable the new to emerge and prescriptive enough to enable that emergence to have the guidance of some, if limited, boundaries.
-Dr. Elizabeth Cotter IBVM,
All Hallows College, Dublin City University


"Higgin's work views these challenges through the prism of three ecclesial movements and associations: Sant'Egidio, Cenacolo, and the Neocatechumental Way. ...Using three very different by established movements and assocations, this work is a useful introduction to their contribution and the challenges they have faced since Vatican II. -The Furrow

Table of Contents

Abstract
Foreword by Francis G. Morrisey, OMI
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
1. SEEKING COMMUNIO
1.1 Introduction
1.2 The outpouring of the Holy Spirit as Manifested in New Ecclesial Movements and in Associations of the Faithful
1.3 New Ecclesial Movements and Associations of the Faithful as Expressions of Communio
1.4 Seeking for Pastoral Orientations
1.5 Basic Themes Found in Contemporary Literature
1.6 Conclusion
2. THE IMPACT OF CANON LAW AS AN EXPRESSION OF THE TEACHINGS OF VATICAN II ON THE CHURCH AS COMMUNIO
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Doctrinal Move from “Perfect Society” to Communio
2.2.1 “Perfect Society”
2.2.2 Church as “Perfect Society”
2.2.3 The Concept of Communio in Lumen Gentium
2.2.4 People of God
2.2.5 The Church Universal
2.2.6 The Particular Churches
2.2.7 Parishes
2.2.8 Collegiality
2.2.9 Ecumenism
2.2.10 The Communio “Which is Above”
2.2.11 Laity
2.2.12 Conclusion 3. A NOVUS HABITUS MENTIS IN THE REVISION OF THE CODE OF CANON Law
3.1 Introduction
3.2 The Expression of the Doctrine of Communio in Canonical Legislation
3.2.1 The Concept of Communio in Canon Law
3.2.2 The People of God / The Christian Faithful
3.2.3 Church Universal and Communio
3.2.4 Particular Churches and Communio
3.2.5 Collegiality and Communio
3.2.6 Ecumenism and Communio
3.2.7 The Laity and Communio
3.2.8 The Consecrated Life
3.3 Particular Characteristics of the New Legislation - A Novus Habitus Mentis Required
3.3.1 Preliminary Observations Leading to the Revision of the Code
3.3.2 The Revision Process
3.3.3 A Novus Habitus Mentis
3.3.4 A Novus Habitus Mentis in the Revision Process Regarding Selected Canons
3.4 The Poor, the Suffering and the Abandoned in the Teaching of Vatican II and the Code of Canon Law
3.5 Conclusion
4.0 THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MODERN CONCEPT OF ASSOCIATION IN THE CHURCH AS AN EXPRESSION OF COMMUNIO
4.1 Introduction
4.2 The Historical Developments of Ecclesial Movements as Reflected in the 1917 Code of Canon Law
4.3 The Impact of Vatican II on Association
4.3.1 The Second Vatican Council’s Teaching on Movements
4.3.2 Movements and the Papacy
4.4 The 1983 Code of Canon Law and the Juridical Expression of Association
4.4.1 Ecclesial Recognition of Ecclesial Movements
4.4.2 Canonical Recognition of Ecclesial Movements
4.4.2.1 General Norms for Associations of the Faithful: Canons 298-311
4.4.2.2 Public Associations of the Faithful: Canons 312-320
4.4.2.3 Private Associations of the Faithful: Canons 321-326
4.4.2.4 Special Morms for Lay Associations: Canons 327-329
4.5 Selected movements
4.5.1 Sant’ Egidio
4.5.2 The Neocathchumenal Way
4.5.3 The Cenacolo Community
4.6 Evaluation of the Selected Movements as an Expression of Communio o
4.7 Comparison of the Selected Movements
4.8 Conclusions
5.0 PRACTICAL EXPRESSIONS OF COMMUNIO AS FOUND IN NEW COMMUNITIES AND MOVEMENTS
5.1 Introduction
5.2 The Doctrinal Focus Found in new Communities and Ecclesial Movements
5.2.1 Vatican II, Canon Law and Church Doctrine
5.2.2 Selected New Communities, Ecclesial Movements and Church Doctrine
5.2.3 Doctrinal Focus in Sant’Egidio
5.2.4 Doctrinal Focus in the Neocatechumenal Way
5.2.5 Doctrinal Focus in the Cenacolo Community
5.3 Specific Pastoral Works Undertaken by Members of Ecclesial Movements and of Newly Founded Associations of the Christian Faithful
5.3.1 Specific Pastoral Works Undertaken by Members of Sant’Egidio
5.3.2 Specific Pastoral Works Undertaken by Members of the Cenacolo Community
5.4 Pastoral Works as an Expression of Communio
5.4.1 Ecclesial communion
5.4.2 Pastoral Works of New Communities as an Expression of Communio in the Church
5.4.3 Pastoral Works of New Communities as an Expression of Communio in the Local Church
5.4.4 Pastoral Works of new Communities as an Expression of Communio to the Poor, the Suffering and the Abandoned
5.5 Ecclesial Movements and Associations: Expressions of A Novus Habitus Mentis
5.5.1 In Their Origin
5.5.2 In Their Lifestyle
5.5.3 In Their Apostolate
5.5.4 In Their Spirituality
5.5.5 In Their Mission
5.6 Conclusion
And Much More