|MARKS OF THE TRUE CHURCH
ONE FLOCK ... ONE SHEPHERD
THE INFALLIBILITY OF THE CHURCH
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|MARKS OF THE TRUE CHURCH
The chief marks of the Church are four:
It is the one,
catholic or universal
The Church is ONE because all its members, according to the will of Christ, profess the same faith, have the same Sacrifice and Sacraments, and are united under one and the same visible head, the Pope.
The Church is HOLY through Jesus Christ Who is the source of all holiness; in its doctrine, which is the doctrine of Jesus Christ, of which it is the custodian; in its Sacraments, which the Divine Savior has established to sanctify human beings.
The Church is CATHOLIC or universal, ie., it is not destined for one race, but it will be the light and salvation of all peoples of the world. There is not one country where the good tidings of salvation have not been or should not be announced by her.
The Church is APOSTOLIC, that is it had it's beginnings with the Apostles. In commanding His Apostles to go forth and teach all nations, to call them to His Church, and to let them enter through the door of Baptism,Jesus Christ promised to assist them in thier ministry until the consummation of the world. This promise embraces all times, not merely apostolic times, nor does Jesus Christ address Himself personally to the Apostles alone but to all those who would succeed them til the end of the world.
The apostles have had as their successors Bishops, whom they consecrated and who in turn consecrated others so that the apostolic ministry has never been interupted. St Peter, Prince of the Apostles, was the first bishop of Rome, where he ended his apostolate in glorious martyrdom. His successors in the Sec of Rome will always preserve the primacy of honor and of jurisdiction which Jesus gave to St. Peter
|ONE FLOCK - ONE SHEPHERD
The Holy Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church is the only flock of which Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the only Shepherd. To hear the teachings of the Church and to submit oneself to its laws is to hear Jesus Christ and to obey Him. To refuse to submit to the decisions and the laws of His Church is to refuse to submit to Jesus Christ. He Himself has expressly said to His Apostles. He who hears You, hears Me, and he who rejects you, rejects ME; and he who rejects Me, rejects Him Who sent Me.
One cannot separate oneself from the Church without at the same time rejecting Jesus; for there is no other name udner heaven given to men by which we must be saved. When one willfully remains outside the true Church there is no hope for salvation.
|INFALLIBILITY OF THE CHURCH
Jesus Christ has given to His Church the privledge of doctrine infallibility The Pope enjoys this infallibility when he speaks ex cathedra, that is, when he speaks to all the Church concerning matters of Fatih or Morals. He not merely must speak as a private theologian but he must speak with the manifest intention of obligating the universal Church to consent. The general Councils of the Church enjoy the same privledge of infallibility under the same condition.