Communio Sanctorum is the most recent product of the Lutheran-Catholic dialogue in Germany and the first major Lutheran-Catholic ecumenical statement since the ground-breaking Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. It focuses on the ecclesiastical issues that the Joint Declaration identified as the remaining obstacles to Lutheran-Catholic communion. It describes the church as the communion of saints and then uses that description as a framework for addressing some of the most ecumenical issues: sacraments, ministry, the role of the church in salvation, and papacy.
While not claiming to have finally settled such difficult issues Communio Sanctorum does represent a new convergence on these questions. Uniquely, the dialogue then uses this understanding of the communion of the saints to address issues related to the communion that transcends death: the nature of eternal life, prayers for the dead, veneration of the saints and Mary.
Communio Sanctorum has sparked vigorous debate in Germany and makes a major contribution both to Lutheran-Catholic dialogue and to the wider ecumenical enterprise.
|A Catholic Preface||p. xii|
|A Lutheran Preface||p. xiv|
|The Communion of Saints According to the Confession of the Church||p. 1|
|The Church According to the Witness of Holy Scripture||p. 5|
|The Communion of Saints in the Love of the Triune God||p. 10|
|The Communion of Saints Through Word and Sacrament||p. 14|
|The Communion of Those Sanctified by Grace||p. 33|
|The Communion of Those Called to Service||p. 42|
|The Communion of Saints Beyond Death||p. 70|
|Steps on the Path to Full Communion||p. 90|
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Series: Unitas Books
Number Of Pages: 90
Published: 1st January 2005
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.22 x 15.49 x 0.58
Weight (kg): 0.16