Malta Minute with the Catechism: Source of All Priesthood

  • Program #: 135
  • Description: Who is the source of all priesthood? Jesus Christ, the Catholic Catechism tells us. The priest of the Old Law was a figure of Christ and the priest of the New Law acts in the person of Christ. In the Mass, it is Christ himself who is present to his Church as Head of his Body, Shepherd of his flock, high priest of the redemptive sacrifice and Teacher of Truth, says the Catechism. By virtue of the sacrament of Holy Orders, the priest acts in persona Christi Capitis. Christ is made visible in the community of believers through the ordained ministry. The Bishop, in the words of Ignatius of Antioch, is like the living image of God the Father. This does not guarantee that Bishops are preserved from all human weakness, even sin. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.

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