What is Church?

John Behr* (Corresponding Author)

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This essay on the Church as mother is a short summary of points made in other works.1 There are three parts to my comments. First, I will explore briefly how and why, from the earliest period, the Church is spoken of as
“mother” or “Virgin Mother.” I shall then, second, consider some consequences of coordinating the existence
of ecclesial communities into larger geographical entities. Third, I will suggest how and why ecclesiological reflection turned to the Eucharist as its defining element and some consequences that arise from this
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-23
Number of pages5
JournalThe Wheel
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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