Table of Contents Table of Contents
Previous Page  236 / 904 Next Page
Information
Show Menu
Previous Page 236 / 904 Next Page
Page Background

236

Part One

proposes a doctrine “for belief as being divinely revealed,”

419

and

as the teaching of Christ, the definitions “must be adhered to with

the obedience of faith.”

420

This infallibility extends as far as the

deposit of divine Revelation itself.

421

892

Divine assistance is also given to the successors of the

apostles, teaching in communion with the successor of Peter, and,

in a particular way, to the bishop of Rome, pastor of the whole

Church, when, without arriving at an infallible definition and

without pronouncing in a “definitive manner,” they propose in the

exercise of the ordinary Magisterium a teaching that leads to better

understanding of Revelation in matters of faith and morals. To this

ordinary teaching the faithful “are to adhere to it with religious

assent”

422

which, though distinct from the assent of faith, is none-

theless an extension of it.

The sanctifying office

893

The bishop is “the steward of the grace of the supreme

priesthood,”

423

especially in the Eucharist which he offers person-

ally or whose offering he assures through the priests, his co-work-

ers. The Eucharist is the center of the life of the particular Church.

The bishop and priests sanctify the Church by their prayer and

work, by their ministry of the word and of the sacraments. They

sanctify her by their example, “not as domineering over those in

your charge but being examples to the flock.”

424

Thus, “together

with the flock entrusted to them, they may attain to eternal life.”

425

The governing office

894

“The bishops, as vicars and legates of Christ, govern the

particular Churches assigned to them by their counsels, exhorta-

tions, and example, but over and above that also by the authority

and sacred power” which indeed they ought to exercise so as to

edify, in the spirit of service which is that of their Master.

426

419

DV

10 § 2.

420

LG

25 § 2.

421 Cf.

LG

25.

422

LG

25.

423

LG

26.

424

1 Pet

5:3.

425

LG

26 § 3.

426

LG

27; cf.

Lk

22:26-27.

1561

801