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Communio Sanctorum : The Church as the Communion of Saints - German National Bishops' Conference

Communio Sanctorum

The Church as the Communion of Saints


Published: 1st January 2005
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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.

Forewordp. vii
A Catholic Prefacep. xii
A Lutheran Prefacep. xiv
Introductionp. xvi
The Communion of Saints According to the Confession of the Churchp. 1
The Church According to the Witness of Holy Scripturep. 5
The Communion of Saints in the Love of the Triune Godp. 10
The Communion of Saints Through Word and Sacramentp. 14
The Communion of Those Sanctified by Gracep. 33
The Communion of Those Called to Servicep. 42
The Communion of Saints Beyond Deathp. 70
Steps on the Path to Full Communionp. 90
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ISBN: 9780814625668
ISBN-10: 0814625665
Series: Unitas Books
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
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