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The Body of Christ IS the Catholic Church (let’s wait and see)… and Noon Tomorrow the Big Motu Party Begins!

Well, Rorate is reporting that the CDF will be coming out with a document giving a definitive and clear interpretation of the passage in Lumen Gentium: Haec …unica Christi Ecclesia … in hoc mundo ut societas constituta et ordinata, subsistit in Ecclesia catholica” (“this …one Church of Christ … constituted and organized in the world as a society, subsists in the Catholic Church”. According to Il Giornale the document will tell us that the Body of Christ is the Catholic Church. Here is what Rorate gives us:

“The Church of Christ is the Catholic one”

from Rome

The Church of Christ is not distinct or distinguishable from the Catholic Church, which is the only one to possess “all elements of the Church instituted by Jesus”. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will confirm it next week, responding to “doubts” [dubia] raised in the past few years. The doctrinal stand of the former Holy Office … should be accompanied by an authoritative theological comment on the pages of L’Osservatore Romano.

At the center of the debate is once again the meaning of the verb “subsists”, used by the Council in the Constitution Lumen Gentium, where it is said that the only Church of Christ “subsists in the Catholic Church” (in Latin, “subsistit in”). Words which, in the course of the years, have suffered several interpretations, including the one according to which Jesus in reality had not thought of founding a Church and, in case he had, it would have afterwards divided itself in various Churches and ecclesial communities. Therefore … , there would not be the true Church of Christ anymore, but only several expressions of it.

This recurrent thesis has already been repeatedly denied by the Popes. In 1973, with the declaration Mysterium Ecclesiae, of Paul VI; in 1985, with the notification of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on a book of liberation theologian Leonardo Boff; in 1992, with the Letter to the Bishops Communionis Notio, and, finally, in 2000 … , with the declaration Dominus Iesus, approved by John Paul II.

Nonetheless, the doubts return cyclically … .

I.Media informs that it will be released on Tuesday, July 10 (France-Presse dispatch/La Croix).

Wow. I am looking way forward to that! if it is really what the document says. But we have been sold out so many times it is hard to believe. And how did they keep the lid on this one? We have been hearing motu mania stuff since the time when Abraham was still warm in his grave. I am dubious but hopeful.

Well, tomorrow is the big day. We will know what the Pope really intends with this Motu Proprio. It is interesting to note that some are saying that the conjunction of the release of the MP on Saturday and the CDF document on Tuesday, there is definitely something coming soon with regards to bringing SSPX back in. These are two huge issues that SSPX leaders have. The Old Mass is good and legit, and the Catholic Church is the One, Holy, Apostolic and TRUE Church of Christ. They have been mocked so long and Archbishop Lefebvre was treated so badly by Paul VI that they have reason to be a little bit skeptical. Trust but verify, as Reagan put it. Well, we’ll see.

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July 6, 2007 - Posted by | Religion

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