Unity and Identity

Decisive Principles in the Catholic Theology

  • Andrés Valencia Pérez Faculty of Theology San Vicente Ferrer of Valencia



The foundations and principles of Catholic theology as unity and identity, require a permanent turn to the unique message of Christ, a message that we need to announce with courage and conviction. Therefore, it is legitimate to speak about the need for a certain unity of theology. Thus we must bear in mind that the concept of unity needs to be carefully understood so as not to be confused with uniformity or with an individual style. The unity of theology and the whole Church, as professed in the Creed, must be closely linked to the idea of catholicity, as well as to holiness and apostolicity. Uniqueness and identity come from Christ, Savior of the world.

The theology of unity and identity that wants to be "Catholic" must participate in the catholicity and in the unity of the Church, which ultimately is based on the trinitarian unity of God himself. “The fact that there is one Saviour shows that there is a necessary bond between catholicity and unity. As it explores the inexhaustible Mystery of God and the countless ways in which God’s grace works for salvation in diverse settings, theology rightly and necessarily takes a multitude of forms, and yet as investigations of the unique truth of the triune God and of the one plan of salvation centered on the one Lord Jesus Christ, this plurality must manifest distinctive family traits”.

Theology is catholic in the richness of the plurality of its expressions, protagonists, ideas and contexts and, therefore it is born from the attentive listening of the Word of God, it is incardinated in the communion of the Church and it is oriented to the service of the truth.

Keywords: unity, identity, Catholic theology, holiness, apostolicity, Jesus Christ, Trinity

How to Cite
VALENCIA PÉREZ, Andrés. Unity and Identity. Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai Theologia Orthodoxa, [S.l.], v. 63, n. 2, p. 69-74, dec. 2018. ISSN 2065-9474. Available at: <http://journals.orth.ro/index.php/subbto/article/view/162>. Date accessed: 02 apr. 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.24193/subbto.2018.2.05.
Systematic Theology