The Communion of Saints (photocopy)

Catholicism and the Communion of Saints

Hans Urs von Balthasar

The Church of the Apostles was an organism by virtue of the Eucharist and the selection of the Apostles by the Lord, and thus also a hierarchically organized community.

One may be surprised to learn that, in addition to the traditional four attributes of the Church - that it is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic - a further attribute was considered to be foundational and was introduced into the Creed - the communion of saints. I would like to demonstrate how this additional attribute further clarified and concretized the four others, how it sets the Catholic Church apart from all others.


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