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5 Why The Catholic Church

  1. 1. Everything in the Bible?
  2. 2. •"But the word of the Lord abides for ever.‟ That word is the good news which was preached to you" (1 Pet. 1:25) St. Peter •"So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ" (Rom. 10:17).
  3. 3. •“And what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well” ( 2 Tim 2:2) •"stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter" (2 Thess. 2:15).
  4. 4. First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation. ( 2 Peter 1:20) There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. (2 Peter 3 :16)
  5. 5. So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?" And he said, "How can I, unless some one guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Acts 8:31-31 Council of Jerusalem – Acts 15
  6. 6. • The word “Church” (Latin ecclesia) originally meant a convocation or assembly gathered for a religious purpose. • In Christian usage the word “church” refers to the worshipping community, the local community or “parish” and the entire universal community of believers. (CCC, 751 – 752)
  7. 7. • In the Old Testament God called the chosen people of Israel to be his holy people. • In the New Testament, Jesus calls his disciples to form a community of faith as the people of the New Covenant. Jesus inaugurates the Church through his preaching and teaching and in His total self-giving on the cross (CCC, 763 – 766) Eph 2: 19-22
  8. 8. • Pope Pius XII –Encyclical on the Mystical Body, said “it is the society of those who have been baptized, and who profess the faith of Christ, and who are governed by their bishops under the visible head, the Pope, the Bishop of Rome.” • St. Paul speaks of all Christians as members of Christ, so that with Him, they form one Mystical Body (Cf. 1 Cor 12:12-31; Col 1:18; 2:18-20; Eph. 1:22-23; 3:19; 4:13)
  9. 9. Church Church in Church Militant Suffering Triumphant (Earth) (Purgatory) (Heaven) Communio Sanctorum (Communion of Saints)
  10. 10. This expression also refers to the communion between holy persons (sancti); that is, between those who by grace are united to the dead and risen Christ. Some are pilgrims on the earth; others, having passed from this life, are undergoing purification and are helped also by our prayers. Others already enjoy the glory of God and intercede for us. All of these together form in Christ one family, the Church, to the praise and glory of the Trinity – CCC 961-962
  11. 11. For though we live in the world we are not carrying on a worldly war, for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 2 COR 10:4
  12. 12. Church Triumphant Church in Suffering Church Militant
  13. 13. HE CHOSE THE 12 DISCIPLES (Mark 3 13:19)
  14. 14. HE AUTHORISED AND EMPOWERED THEM TO TEACH, SANCTIFY & GOVERN (Luke 9:1-6; Matt. 28:19-20; 18:17-18; John 20:23 Mark 16:15-16)
  15. 15. HE INSTITUTED THE 7 SACRAMENTS
  16. 16. • “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build MY CHURCH, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” (Matt 16:18)
  17. 17. HE SENT THE HOLY SPIRIT TO BE THE SOUL OF THE CHURCH (ACTS 1:8, 2:1-4) TO BUILD, ANIMATE & SANCTIFY- CCC 747
  18. 18. “MAGISTERIUM” in Latin means “duty or office of Teacher”’ – used in the Church to mean the “Teaching Authority” of the Church . ( CCC 85-87, 888-892) •Comprises of The Pope and Bishops in union with him; 36
  19. 19. Men & Women Consecrated their life • Diocesan & Religious Priests – 406,411 • Deacons – 33,391 • Religious Brothers – 54,708 • Religious Sisters -760,529 • Seminarians – 58,538 Total of 1,255,039 Clergies & Religious consecrated their lives to serve the Lord Total :More than 10,000 Saints & Beati Martyrs : Last Century 170 millions
  20. 20. IT’S BREAK TIME ! 38
  21. 21. SHARING • FACILITATORS: WHAT DO I LIKE ABOUT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH?
  22. 22. The term “Catholic Church” was used first by St. Ignatius of Antioch (c. 100 A.D.) who in his letter to the Smyrnaens wrote: “Where Jesus Christ is, there is the catholic Church” (Smyrn. 8:2). “The Church in Antioch” Acts 11:19-30
  23. 23. Nicene Creed We believe in One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
  24. 24. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:4-6
  25. 25. THE CHURCH IS HOLY (Eph 5:25-27, Rev 19:7-8, CCC 823-829)
  26. 26. THE CHURCH IS HOLY By his grace Jesus makes the Church holy, just as he is holy. This doesn’t mean that each member is always holy. Jesus said there would be both good and bad members in the Church (John 6:70).
  27. 27. THE CHURCH IS HOLY But the Church itself is Holy because it is the source of Holiness and is the guardian of the special means of grace Jesus established, the sacraments (Eph. 5:26).
  28. 28. THE CHURCH IS HOLY The Holy Spirit, whom Christ the head pours out on his members, builds, animates, and sanctifies the Church.. CCC 747
  29. 29. THE CHURCH IS CATHOLIC (Matt 28:19-20, Rev 5:9-10, CCC 830-856)
  30. 30. THE CHURCH IS CATHOLIC Jesus’ Church is called catholic ("universal" in Greek) because it is his gift to all people. He told his apostles to go throughout the world and make disciples of "all nations“ (Matt. 28:19–20).
  31. 31. UNIVERSAL
  32. 32. THE CHURCH IS APOSTOLIC (Matt 16:19, Eph 2:19-20, Rev 5:9-10, CCC 856-865)
  33. 33. • “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build MY CHURCH, and the gates of hades will not prevail against it.” • (Matt 16:18)
  34. 34. AUTHORITY AND INFALLIBILITY • I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." • Matthew 16:19
  35. 35. APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION
  36. 36. •“For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you…” 1 Cor 11:23 •“For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received” 1 Cor 15:3
  37. 37. This is the most basic meaning of Catholic Tradition; it is the true faith itself, given to apostle by Christ and faithfully transmitted to each new generation. CCC 77-78
  38. 38. •The Magisterium is protected from error and guided by the Holy Spirit who “reminds and guides to all truth” thereby gives us certainty in matters of doctrine ; (John 16:12-13) •“ and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." •Matthew 16:19 61
  39. 39. “"He who listens to you listens to me, and he who rejects you rejects me and who ever rejects me, rejects the one who sent me." (Luke 10:16).
  40. 40. • The Catholic Church considers all goodness and truth found in these religions as “a preparation for the Gospel and given by him who enlightens all men that they at length have life. (CCC 843)
  41. 41. • Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience – those too may achieve eternal salvation. (CCC 847)
  42. 42. SALVATION FOR THE IGNORANT? • "Although in ways known to himself God can lead those who, through no fault of their own, are ignorant of the Gospel, to that faith without which it is impossible to please him, the Church still has the obligation and also the sacred right to evangelize all men."(CCC 848)
  43. 43. “So then, my beloved, obedient as you have always been, not only when I am present but all the more now when I am absent, work out your salvation with fear and trembling. Phil 2:12 „Not everyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord" shall enter the Kingdom of heaven‟ (Matt. 7:21)."
  44. 44. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day" (2 Tim. 4:7-8)
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  46. 46. “I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS TO THE END OF AGE” (Matt 28:20).

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