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Evil triumphs when good men do nothing - Edmund Burke

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Church - Pope John Paul II


Of this Church we are members and children;
by this Church we have been begotten
to supernatural life in Baptism
which has grafted us into Christ.
We should therefore love this Church
as our Mother.




In revealing the nature of God and the significance of human life, lesus has proclaimed the Truth for all time and all peoples. And, to maintain intact and
secure that Revealed Truth, which also includes the means of eternal salvation, he has founded the Church on Peter, the Apostles and their successors - that is, the Bishop of Rome, Successor of Peter, and the bishops who are in union with him.

Therefore:

(1) The Church is sure and certain, since it is willed and founded by Jesus Christ, who did not write down any of his own words or command them to be written down, but who has promised The Presence of the Holy Spirit, The Spirit of Truth, who will maintain and develop the Truth Revealed within the Church. according to need and demand.

(2) The Church is indefectible - that is to say, it will endure until the end of human history, despite defections, hostility, protest and muddle. For there is
the divine assurance: 'Go therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them
to observe all the commands I gave you. And see, I am with you always; yes, to the end of time' (Matthew 28:19-20).

(3) The Church is infallible in the sphere of truths to be believed and of Morals to be practised. For, of all the Apostles to whom 'Jesus gives his threefold powers of Teaching, Ministering and Governing, he chooses Peter and to him alone gives the powers or 'charisms' which in their turn imply another threefold immutable mission: Peter is the foundation stone of the Church's unity, he is the universal Pastor
with full responsibility for souls, he is assisted in an absolute way so that he cannot err in the field of Truth and can strengthen the whole Church. Plainly,
the powers given to the Apostles have been passed on to their successors, the Bishops and priests; and the powers given to Peter have passed down to his
Successors, the Bishops of the See of Rome.

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