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Title: Called to Communion


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This is a book of wisdom and insight that explains how providential are the trials through which the Catholic Church is now passing. The need of the Papal Primacy to ensure Christian unity; the true meaning of the Priesthood as a sacrament and not a mere ministry; the necessity of the Eucharist as the Sacrifice of the Savior now offering Himself on our altars; the role of the Bishops as successors of the Apostles, united with the successor of St. Peter, the Bishop of Rome; the value of suffering in union with Christ crucified; the indispensable service of the laity in the apostolate - all these themes receive from Cardinal Ratzinger new clarity and depth.


I The Origin and Essence of the Church

  1. Preliminary considerations on method
  2. The witness of the New Testament regarding the origin and essence of the Church
  3. The vision of the Church in the Acts of the Apostles

II. The Primacy of Peter and the Unity of the Church

  1. The Status of Peter in the New Testament
  2. The Question of Petrine sucession
  3. Concluding Reflections

III The Universal Church and the Particular Church: the Task of the Bishop

  • “the Church came into being when the Lord had given his body and his blood under the forms of bread and wine, whereupon he said, “Do this in memory of me. It follows that the Church is the answer to this commission, which is an authority and an accompanying responsibility.”
  • The Church has two aspects that is "vertical" in it's eucharistic nature and it is horizontal in it's nature as a gathering - ecclesia. "In the word communio, ... the church is communion.

1. Eucharistic ecclesiology and episcopal office

  • One bishop ion one place stands for the fact that the Church is one for all, because God is one for all. In this sense the Church always faces an immense task of recocilliation; she is not Church if she does not bring together those who-from the point of view of sensibilities- do not suit one another and have no sympathy for one another.
  • The reconciliation with God that the Eucharist offers always demands reconciliation with one's brother as a prior condition.
  • A Church understood Eucharisticaly is a Church constituted episcopally.

2. Structures of the universal Church in eucharistic ecclesiology

  • The figure of the apostle is the strongest refutation of every purely local conception of the Church. He expresses in his person the universal Church

Other facts

  • Used for: RCIA
  • Purchased: Electronic version from Ignatius Press 2012-11-30

Bibliographic info

LC control no.: 95079953
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Type of material: Entry Not Found
Personal name: Benedict XVI, Pope, 1927-
Uniform title: Zur Gemeinschaft gerufen. English
Main title: Called to communion : understanding the church today / Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger ; translated by Adrian Walker.
Published/Created: San Francisco [Calif.] : Ignatius Press, c1996.
Description: 165 p. ; 19 cm.
ISBN 0898705789 (pbk.)
Portion of title: Understanding the church today
Subjects: Church.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references.
LC classification: BX1746 .R36413 1996
Dewey class no.: 262/.02