Life in Christ
who have gone before him and whom the liturgy celebrates in the
rhythms of the sanctoral cycle.
The moral life is spiritual worship.
We “present [our] bodies
as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God,”
within the Body
of Christ that we form and in communion with the offering of his
Eucharist. In the liturgy and the celebration of the sacraments,
prayer and teaching are conjoined with the grace of Christ to
enlighten and nourish Christian activity. As does the whole of the
Christian life, the moral life finds its source and summit in the Eu
The Church, the “pillar and bulwark of the truth,” “has re
ceived this solemn command of Christ from the apostles to
announce the saving truth.”
“To the Church belongs the right
always and everywhere to announce moral principles, including
those pertaining to the social order, and to make judgments on any
human affairs to the extent that they are required by the fundamen
tal rights of the human person or the salvation of souls.”
Magisterium of the Pastors of the Church
is ordinarily exercised in catechesis and preaching, with the help
of the works of theologians and spiritual authors. Thus from
generation to generation, under the aegis and vigilance of the
pastors, the “deposit” of Christianmoral teaching has been handed
on, a deposit composed of a characteristic body of rules, command
ments, and virtues proceeding from faith in Christ and animated
by charity. Alongside the Creed and the Our Father, the basis for
this catechesis has traditionally been the Decalogue which sets out
the principles of moral life valid for all men.
The Roman Pontiff and the bishops are “authentic teach
ers, that is, teachers endowed with the authority of Christ, who
preach the faith to the people entrusted to them, the faith to be
believed and put into practice.”
of the Pope and the bishops in communion with him
teach the faithful the truth to believe, the charity to practice, the
beatitude to hope for.
75 CIC, can. 747 § 2.