By Corneliu C. Simut

The book presents the transition from traditionalism to modernism in connection to 2 of Küng’s most vital books on ecclesiology: Structures of the Church (1962) as representing Küng’s conventional theology, and On Being a Christian (1974) as a mirrored image of his smooth method of Christianity.

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Now, a simple mathematical calculation will show that the positive list includes ten elements while the negative list has fifteen items, so the things that unite Catholics and Protestants are not more than those that separate them as Küng emphatically claims. However, Küng’s conviction that we “must sincerely rejoice over that which unites us—despite all differences” because that “is more than that which separates us” should not be taken mathematically but from the perspective of their inner value.

65 Healing the Schism by Ecumenicity Küng is keenly aware that catholicity, especially immanent or historical catholicity, should be visibly expressed by means of ecumenicity. The ecumenical character of the church is consequently the embodiment of catholicity itself. As far as Küng is concerned, ecumenicity itself should be understood in a dual fashion. Accordingly, even if Küng does not offer a definition of ecumenicity in precisely these terms, ecumenicity should be understood primarily in ontological terms as a reality that pertains to the very being of the church, in the sense that it is closely The Catholicity of the Church ● 21 connected to the supernatural reality of transcendent catholicity.

In its quality of fundamental feature of the ontology of the church, catholicity expressed by means of the plurality of local churches has a dual constitution. Thus, catholicity is both a given reality and a reality that should be desired in order to be achieved. From this perspective, catholicity is a reality that pertains to two different realms. First, it is strongly anchored in the reality of God’s transcendent and supernatural existence, and in this particular sense, catholicity is a given fact.

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