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The Catholicity of the Church$
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Avery Dulles

Print publication date: 1987

Print ISBN-13: 9780198266952

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198266952.001.0001

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Catholicity in Length: Tradition and Development

Catholicity in Length: Tradition and Development

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(p.87) 5 Catholicity in Length: Tradition and Development
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The Catholicity of the Church
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DOI:10.1093/0198266952.003.0006

The Church's catholicity in time is closely related to her apostolicity—her fidelity to her apostolic origins. The Church will achieve her consummation beyond history, in the life of glory. As opposed to primitivists, Catholic ecclesiologists insist that the Church can and must develop, with the help of the Holy Spirit, beyond the forms she had in the New Testament. While insisting that continuity is a mark of true development, the Church in her recent documents recognizes that development sometimes requires a correction of false or merely temporary developments.

Keywords:   Aquinas, communion of saints, Congar, development, eschatological view of Church

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