Catholicity in Length: Tradition and Development

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 Length: Tradition and Development

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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

Chapter.  7194 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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