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Congar, Yves (1904–1995)

  1. Myles Werntz

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0340

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Werntz, M. 2011. Congar, Yves (1904–1995). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Yves Congar O.P. was born in Sedan, France to devout Catholic parents, amidst Jewish and Protestant neighbors. Trained initially under Jacques Maritain in Paris, Congar's most formative schooling came at the hands of Marie-Dominique Chenu. This turn from the neo-Thomism of Maritain to the historical approach of Chenu would profoundly influence Congar's career, particularly his assertion of the need for the church to continually re-receive the tradition and to continually reform from within.


  • Congar, Yves (1904–1995);
  • lay involvement, ecumenism, internal reform;
  • congar's ecumenical work, in divided christendom;
  • ecumenical concerns, revisioning of the role of the laity;
  • lay people in the church;
  • collegial concelebration of mystery of trinity, by laity, clergy;
  • the holy spirit, being at once anthropology, doctrine of the church;
  • the holy spirit, central to understanding congar's proposals