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Avery Cardinal Dulles

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228621

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228621.001.0001

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A Eucharistic Church

A Eucharistic Church

The Vision of John Paul II

November 10, 2004

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Church and Society

Avery Cardinal Dulles

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses the eucharistic ecclesiology of John Paul II. One of the most interesting points of his encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, is the observation that the Eucharist has the four attributes that apply to the Church in the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed: one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. Although John Paul II develops only the last of these attributes, apostolicity, the discussion considers how all four ecclesial marks may be found in the Eucharist, and how they help us to understand the sacrament better. As an attribute proper to God, holiness belongs to God's inner being. For any creature to become holy, God must bring it into a union with himself. Meanwhile, the Holy Eucharist stands out as one of the most important instruments and as a sign of unity.

Keywords:   eucharistic ecclesiology, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, holiness, unity, catholicity, apostolicity

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