Winter 1981

The Anti-Roman Attitude

Hans Urs von Balthasar

The Catholic community must overcome the deep-seated anti-Roman attitude while appraising the misgivings about the Church's leadership.

The intention of this presentation is to show that there is a deep-seated anti-Roman attitude within the Catholic Church - for the moment what is without does not concern us - and that this attitude has not only sociological and historical grounds but also a theological basis, and that it is to be overcome ever anew by the community of the Church. Nothing is further from us than "Papolatry." We shall take seriously and appraise realistically the misgivings about the Church's leadership, from the very beginning, through developments in the course of history, down to the present. 


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