The Gospel shows us clearly that Christ chose the twelve Apostles and gave them special powers with regards to the Eucharist, the forgiveness of sins and the administration of the other Sacraments. To ensure that these gifts be conserved in the Church until the end of time, besides instituting the Eucharist during the Last Supper with his Apostles, Jesus Christ instituted the Sacrament of Holy Orders, with the words: ‘Do this in memory of me’.
Christ himself also ordered them to transmit this Sacrament with its powers to their successors, in order to govern and sanctify the people, as well as to safeguard the deposit of his doctrine. And so they have done, by the imposition of hands, from that time until the present.
In this way they constitute the lineage of the ministers of the Lord, and do not act for themselves, but rather in the name and the person of Christ: in persona Christi Capitis.
At the request of a subscriber of The Denzinger-Bergoglio, in this study we will clarify a doubt that Francis raised for many people by an affirmation he made in the Audience of February 3, 2016: Does the priest in the confessional represent the Father, or Jesus?
And we take the opportunity to ask: Where in Francis’ affirmations is the theological accuracy that is necessary for anyone who teaches the faith? Why such lack of seriousness in transmitting the truths of the faith?
Teachings of the Magisterium
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