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Life in Christ

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who have gone before him and whom the liturgy celebrates in the

rhythms of the sanctoral cycle.

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The moral life is spiritual worship.

We “present [our] bodies

as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God,”

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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

charistic sacrifice.

I.

M

oral

L

ife and

the

M

agisterium of

the

C

hurch

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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.”

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“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.”

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The

Magisterium of the Pastors of the Church

inmoral matters

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.

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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.”

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The

ordinary

and universal

Magisterium

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.

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Rom

12:1.

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1 Tim

3:15;

LG

17.

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