Malta Minute with the Catechism: Hierarchical Constitution of the Church

  • Program #: 41
  • Description: From where does the Catholic Church derive its ecclesial ministry? Jesus Christ is the source of all ministry in the Church, says the Catholic Catechism and he set it up in "a variety of offices" which aim at the good of the whole body. In a letter to the Romans, St. Paul raised the question that illuminated the need for ministry. "How are they," he asked, "to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher? Paul pointed out that, "Faith comes from what is heard". No one can give himself the mandate and the mission to proclaim the gospel. It comes by virtue of Christ's authority, through the sacraments by which his ministers are given God's grace to do and give what they cannot do and give by their own powers. Ecclesial ministry is also marked by the character of service. The ministers become "slaves of Christ" who became a slave himself to save and redeem us. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.

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