I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY
PA R A G R A P H 4
C H R I S T ' S FA I T H F U L - H I E R A R C H Y, L A I T Y, C O N S E C R AT E D L I F E
Sem. Mark Anthony Bunsalan
Sem. Carl Albert Casipit
Sem. Von Ryan L. Relos
Christifideles Laici - John Paul II - PostSynodal Apostolic Exhortation (December 30, 1988)
Catechism of the Catholic Church
ii. THE HIERARCHICAL CONSTITUTION OF THE
iii. THE LAY FAITHFUL
iv. THE CONSECRATED LIFE
“The Christian faithful are those who,
inasmuch as they have been incorporated in
Christ through Baptism, have been constituted
as the people of God; for this reason, since they
have become sharers in Christ's priestly,
prophetic, and royal office in their own manner,
they are called to exercise the mission which
God has entrusted to the Church to fulfill in the
world, in accord with the condition proper to
The very differences which the Lord has willed
to put between the members of his body serve
its unity and mission.
For "in the Church there is diversity of
ministry but unity of mission. To the
apostles and their successors Christ has
entrusted the office of teaching, sanctifying
and governing in his name and by his power.
But the laity are made to share in the priestly,
prophetical, 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."
Finally, "from both groups [hierarchy and laity]
there exist Christian faithful who are
consecrated to God in their own special
manner and serve the salvific mission of the
Church through the profession of the
I. THE HIERARCHICAL CONSTITUTION
OF THE CHURCH
Pope St. Pius X said that ‘’the Church is
essentially an unequal society, that is, a society
composed of two types of people: shepherds
WHY THE ECCLESIAL MINISTRY?
Christ is himself the source of ministry in the
Church. He instituted the Church. He gave her
authority and mission, orientation and goal:
In order to shepherd the People of God and to increase its numbers without cease, Christ the Lord set up in his Church a variety of offices which aim at the good of the whole body. The holders of office, who are invested with a sacred power, are, in fact, dedicated to promoting the interests of their brethren, so that all who belong to the People of God . . . may attain to salvation.
"How are they to believe in him of whom they
have never heard? And how are they to hear
without a preacher? And how can men preach
unless they are sent?“ No one - no individual
and no community - can proclaim the Gospel to
himself: "Faith comes from what is heard.“ No
one can give himself the mandate and the
mission to proclaim the Gospel.
The one sent by the Lord does not speak and
act on his own authority, but by virtue of
Christ's authority; not as a member of the
community, but speaking to it in the name of
Christ. No one can bestow grace on himself; it
must be given and offered.
Intrinsically linked to the sacramental nature
of ecclesial ministry is its character as service.
Entirely dependent on Christ who gives
mission and authority, ministers are truly
"slaves of Christ,” in the image of him who
freely took "the form of a slave" for us. Because
the word and grace of which they are ministers
are not their own, but are given to them by
Christ for the sake of others, they must freely
become the slaves of all.
Likewise, it belongs to the sacramental nature
of ecclesial ministry that it has a collegial
character. In fact, from the beginning of his
ministry, the Lord Jesus instituted the Twelve
as "the seeds of the new Israel and the...
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