Is the Catholic Church the one true Church? (7 things to know and share)

by Jimmy Akin

in Apologetics, The Church, Theology

Is the Catholic Church the one, true Church? Here are 7 things to know and share with others . . . Is the Catholic Church the one, true Church? Here are 7 things to know and share with others . . .

In today’s brave new world of ecumenism, the Catholic Church no longer claims to be unique, right?

After all, Vatican II didn’t say that the Church of Christ is the Catholic Church.

It merely said that the Church of Christ “subsists in” the Catholic Church.

So that means the Catholic Church no longer views itself as the “one true Church,” right?

Not so fast . . .

 

1. The Source of the Issue

The source of the issue is found in Vatican II’s dogmatic constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, where we read:

8. This Church [the Church of Christ] constituted and organized in the world as a society, subsists in the Catholic Church, which is governed by the successor of Peter and by the Bishops in communion with him, although many elements of sanctification and of truth are found outside of its visible structure.

These elements, as gifts belonging to the Church of Christ, are forces impelling toward catholic unity.

2. “Subsists In”?

The matter would be much clearer if the Council had used the traditional language of saying that the Church of Christ is the Catholic Church.

Instead, they use the unfamiliar wording “subsists in” (Latin, subsistit in) instead of “is” (Latin, est).

This can make it appear that the Council was backing away from the claim that the Catholic Church is the Church of Christ, and many people–including Catholic theologians–took it in precisely this way.

But was that the Council’s intent?

 

3. Addressing the Matter

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{ 1 comment }

Darran June 7, 2013 at 7:57 am

The link is broken for me.

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