✟ God the Sanctifier ✟
The Church
Revealed Truth (Defined Dogma)

The Catholic Church was founded by the God-Man Jesus Christ.

Lay Catechist Notes/Associated Doctrines
    The Catholic Church is unlike any other institution or society in the history of mankind. It was and is created by God and managed by Him to make available the necessary means for mankind to obey His commands and, in so doing, attain the desired end for every person; a share in Divine Life with God Himself in Heaven. It is Jesus Christ Himself who died on the cross so that the Church would be imbued with the supernatural powers that would be required to assist every human being in attaining eternal life.

    Associated Catholic Doctrine(s):
    1. "The Church is the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ." (sententia certa)
Divine Revelation (Scriptural Proof)
  • 2And in the last days the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be prepared on the top of mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow unto it. 3And many people shall go, and say: Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall come forth from Sion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 4And he shall judge the Gentiles, and rebuke many people: and they shall turn their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into sickles: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they be exercised any more to war. (Isaiah 2:2-4)
  • 17From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say: Do penance, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matthew 4:17)
  • 7And going, preach, saying: The kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matthew 10:7)
  • 28But if I by the Spirit of God cast out devils, then is the kingdom of God come upon you. (Matthew 12:28)
  • 20For I tell you, that unless your justice abound more than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:20)
  • 21Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 7:21)
  • 3And said: Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3)
  • 43Therefore I say to you, that the kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and shall be given to a nation yielding the fruits thereof. (Matthew 21:43)
  • 18And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18)
  • 14This is now the third time that Jesus was manifested to his disciples, after he was risen from the dead. 15When therefore they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter: Simon son of John, lovest thou me more than these? He saith to him: Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs. 16He saith to him again: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? He saith to him: Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs. 17He said to him the third time: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved, because he had said to him the third time: Lovest thou me? And he said to him: Lord, thou knowest all things: thou knowest that I love thee. He said to him: Feed my sheep. (John 21:14-17)
Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • 763 It was the Son's task to accomplish the Father's plan of salvation in the fullness of time. Its accomplishment was the reason for his being sent. "The Lord Jesus inaugurated his Church by preaching the Good News, that is, the coming of the Reign of God, promised over the ages in the scriptures." To fulfill the Father's will, Christ ushered in the Kingdom of heaven on earth. The Church "is the Reign of Christ already present in mystery."
  • 811 "This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." These four characteristics, inseparably linked with each other, indicate essential features of the Church and her mission. The Church does not possess them of herself; it is Christ who, through the Holy Spirit, makes his Church one, holy, catholic, and apostolic, and it is he who calls her to realize each of these qualities.
Ecumenical Council Documents
  • 1st General Council of the Vatican (1869)
    • First dogmatic constitution on the Church of Christ
      • "1.  The eternal shepherd and guardian of our souls, in order to render permanent the saving work of redemption, determined to build a Church  in which, as in the house of the living God, all the faithful should be linked by the bond of one faith and charity.
Papal Encyclical Documents
  • Satis Cognitum (1896) - Sufficiently Well Known - Leo XIII
    • The Church Always Visible
      • "3. And,  since it was necessary that His divine mission should be perpetuated to the end of rime, He took to Himself Disciples, trained by himself, and made them partakers of His own authority . And, when He had invoked upon them from Heaven the Spirit of Truth,  He bade them go through the whole world and faithfully preach to all nations , what He had taught and what He had commanded, so that by the profession of His doctrine, and the observance of His laws, the human race might attain to holiness on earth and never-ending happiness in Heaven.  In this wise, and on this principle, the Church was begotten ."
      • "For this reason  the Church is so often called in Holy Writ a body, and even the body of Christ  - "Now you are the body of Christ" (I Cor. xii., 27)-and precisely because it is a body is the Church visible: and because it is the body of Christ is it living and energizing, because by the infusion of His power Christ guards and sustains it, just as the vine gives nourishment and renders fruitful the branches united to it."
    • How Christ Made His Church
      • " For what did Christ, the Lord, ask? What did He wish in regard to the Church founded, or about to be founded This: to transmit to it the same mission and the same mandate which He had received from the Father, that they should be perpetuated . This He clearly resolved to do: this He actually did. "As the Father bath sent me, I also send you" (John xx., 21). "Ad thou bast sent Me into the world I also have sent them into the world" (John xvii., 18)."

  • Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus (1900) - The Outlook on the Future - Leo XIII
    • "By the law of Christ we mean not only the natural precepts of morality and the Ancient Law, all of which Jesus Christ has perfected and crowned by His declaration, explanation and sanction; but also the rest of His doctrine and His own peculiar institutions.  Of these the chief is His Church. Indeed whatsoever things Christ has instituted are most fully contained in His Church . Moreover, He willed to perpetuate the office assigned to Him by His Father by means of  the ministry of the Church so gloriously founded by Himself ."