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Yves Congar (1904-1996) was a French Dominican who spent his career before the Council tracing the history of ecclesiology. Perhaps more than any other single thinker, Congar paved the way for the thinking of Vatican II—focused as it was on formulating a coherent and many-sided theology of Church. Congar, in particular, laid the groundwork for the theology of collegiality and of ecumenism; he pioneered a theology of the laity; and in this massive study he radically rethought the subtle, intricate, and intimate relationship between Scripture, Church and Tradition (and in so doing shaped the theology found in the Council’s Constitution Dei Verbum). (written by William Harmless, SJ)
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