Reflections from Ecclesiology and Practical Theology
This volume was designed to provide an opportunity for a reading audience to listen to a variety of personal testimonies on the subject of sexual diversity, in the interest of promoting more open discussion in the church and, by extension, in the wider society. This effort is consistent with the promotion of a dialogical, or what is technically described as synodal or conciliar, view of the church, one based on the belief that all the faithful have a role to play in collaborating with bishops and priests in the teaching mission of the church, a view advanced at the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965). This chapter first treats these personal testimonies from the perspective of ecclesiology, the scholarly study of the church. It then considers these same contributions in light of the emerging field of practical theology, which focuses on the theological meanings of practice and experience in church and society.
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