Malta Minute with the Catechism: Who Are the Christian Faithful?

  • Program #: 59
  • Description: Just who are the Christian faithful? The Christian faithful are those who have been incorporated into Christ through Baptism and thus constitute the People of God. Since they have been reborn in Christ, they are equal in terms of dignity and activity in which they engage to build up the body of Christ according to their own circumstances. The Catholic Catechism tells us there is "diversity of ministry, but unity in mission" and the very differences which God has willed to put between the members "actually serve this unity and mission." The roles of teaching, sanctifying and governing are the tasks given to the hierarchy. The laity are made "to share in the priestly, prophetic and kingly office of Christ. They have therefore in the Church and in the world their own assignment in the mission of the whole People of God." This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.

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