Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Sanctifying and Governing Office

The bishop is “the steward of the grace of the supreme priesthood,” especially in the Eucharist which he offers personally or whose offering he assures through the priests, his co-workers. the Eucharist is the center of the life of the particular … Continue reading

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The Teaching Office

Bishops, with priests as co-workers, have as their first task “to preach the Gospel of God to all men,” in keeping with the Lord’s command. They are “heralds of faith, who draw new disciples to Christ; they are authentic teachers” of … Continue reading

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THE POPE: THE EPISCOPAL COLLEGE AND ITS HEAD

When Christ instituted the Twelve, “he constituted [them] in the form of a college or permanent assembly, at the head of which he placed Peter, chosen from among them.” Just as “by the Lord’s institution, St. Peter and the rest of … Continue reading

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THE HIERARCHICAL CONSTITUTION OF THE CHURCH

Why the ecclesial ministry? Christ is himself the source of ministry in the Church. He instituted the Church. He gave her authority and mission, orientation and goal: In order to shepherd the People of God and to increase its numbers … Continue reading

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CHRIST’S FAITHFUL – HIERARCHY, LAITY, CONSECRATED LIFE

“The Christian faithful are those who, inasmuch as they have been incorporated in Christ through Baptism, have been constituted as the people of God; for this reason, since they have become sharers in Christ’s priestly, prophetic, and royal office in … Continue reading

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