Malta Minute with the Catechism: The Ecclesial Ministry of the Catholic Church

  • Program #: 71
  • Description: Is the Ecclesial ministry of the Catholic Church personal as well as sacramental and collegial in character? The Catechism says yes. Jesus Christ, the founder of the Catholic Church calls His ministers personally when He says, "Follow me". The College of Bishops are related to the Pontiff in Rome as Peter was related to the rest of the Apostles. When Christ instituted the 12 Apostles, He constituted them in a college or permanent assembly at the head of which He placed Peter..... The "Rock" of His Church. Our Lord gave Peter the keys to His Church, designating him the Shepherd of the whole flock. The Power Christ gave Peter to loose and to bind was also given to the "college of the Apostles", united to its head. "This pastoral office", of Peter and the other apostles belongs to the Church's very foundation and is continued by the Bishops under the primacy of the Pope". This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.

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