TSC 519 New Theological Unification Theory: Science and Art Together

Faculty: Rev. Jude Onogbosele, J.C.D. (Profile)


The Church is a living organism. Theology, in large part, was its science: knowledge for the sake of knowledge (scientia est cognitio cognitionis causa). Church Canon Law, in large part, was its art: knowledge for the sake of action (ars est cognitio actionis causa). However, Church leaders have always known that theology and Church law have both rational and dynamic aspects. Until the Second Vatican Council there did not appear to be a unification theory for religion, ministry, belief, and brotherhood. In 1990, Gianfranco Ghirlanda (1942- ), rector of the Gregorian University in Rome, applied his doctoral dissertation Hierarchica Communio to a compendium of Canon Law. Ghirlanda conceived this unifying idea of “communion” from a study of the Vatican Council Constitution on the Church: Lumen Gentium. The ultimate goal of this tutorial is to show the roots of this radical and new unifying concept in the Second Vatican Council.

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