Catholicity in Breadth: Mission and Communion

Avery Dulles

in The Catholicity of the Church

Published in print October 1987 | ISBN: 9780198266952
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600555 | DOI:
Catholicity in Breadth: Mission and Communion

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Catholicity as a qualitative perfection seeks to communicate itself universally. Jesus commanded the gospel to be proclaimed everywhere so that the children of God might be gathered together into one. The Church has a natural tendency to engage in missionary effort and thereby realize her catholicity more fully. She also recognizes that Christ makes his grace available in a saving way to people who have never heard the gospel. To be fully catholic, the Church must inculturate herself in every region and thereby bring the riches of the nations, with their diverse special gifts, to Christ as an inheritance. The Church contains both saints and sinners, but she tends to foster holiness and to foreshadow the communion of the saints in heaven.

Keywords: Balthasar; communion of saints; diversity; universal mission; Vatican II

Chapter.  7289 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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