PERSONALIST MISSIONARY ECCLESIOLOGY

Robert Skrzypczak

Robert Skrzypczak

Robert Skrzypczak (1964-), an itinerant Personalist from Głuchołazy, Poland. He is a psychologist and a theologian. Fr. Robert was educated in the Missionary Seminary Redemptoris Mater in Warsaw, Poland. He received his Ph. D. in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of Lublin in 2003, under Prof. Czesław Stanisław Bartnik.

Since 1982 Robert Skrzypczak is an itinerant catechist in the Neocatechumenal Way. In 2003 he became an academic priest in St. Anna Church in Warsaw.

Fr. Skrzypczak wrote Kościół jako Niewiasta (Warsaw 2001) and Ecclesia in Statu missionis. Podstawy eklezjologii misyjnej w świetle dokumentów Papieża Jana Pawła II (Lublin 2003).

The Church is a mystery of missionary communion. (John Paul II)

Although the world does not display today too much of an interest in the Church, the Church is nevertheless greatly interested in the world. Not in order to dissolve in it or to seek some ways of surviving, but rather to bring the Gospel to the world and “infect” it in various ways with its faith in and love for Jesus Christ. The Church’s life is evangelising. If the Church has anywhere, in any circles, taken up defensive or indifferent positions with respect to people, this means that she is in the process of parting with her identity. She can exist and function as a religious institution or body, but she is no longer the Church of Christ. For that reason, some contemporary theologians such as Pope John Paul II, J. Suenens, D. Chenu, E. Suhard, L. A. Retif, M. Feltin and H. de Lubac readily employ the phrase Ecclesia in statu missionis, thereby alluding to the conciliar teaching on the subject of the “missionary nature of the Church” (Lumen gentium, 1; Ad gentes, 2.6.35).

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