34 – The Church has the Sinful Habit of Focusing too much on Itself and being Self-Referential

“About Jesus Christ and the Church, I simply know they’re just one thing, and we shouldn’t complicate the matter,” replied Saint Joan of Arc during her trial (cf. CCC 795), evidencing impressive theological precision – despite her lack of education – that was due to her great union with the Divine Savior.

Indeed, Jesus Christ confided to his Church the mission of enlightening all peoples, announcing the Good News of salvation. This same light, however, pleases some and troubles others: ‘For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed’(Jn 3:20). Being lumen Christi in the world means manifesting the truth, but it also implies denouncing error.

What would we think then, if someone were to accuse the light of a kind of spiritual conceited narcissism in fulfilling exactly that which is proper to its condition of being light?

Francis

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Teachings of the Magisterium

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I – Jesus Christ and the Church: One Body and One Light, or Two Separate Entities?
II – Holy and Immaculate, the Church Contemplates Christ when Looking Towards Herself
III – By Preaching the Truth and Condemning Error, the Church fulfills Her Mission

I – Jesus Christ and the Church: One Body and One Light, or Two Separate Entities?

Leo XIII

The Church manifests Jesus Christ in all Her acts

Benedict XVI

The Church is always enlightened by the presence of Christ

John Paul II

The light of Christ shines in the face of the Church

Pius XII

The Church only has one light: that of Her divine Head, Christ
The Church is like another Christ

Saint Ambrose

It is Christ who lives in the Church

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Christ and the Church are inseparable

II – Holy and Immaculate, the Church Contemplates Christ when Looking Towards Herself

 Sacred Scripture

Eph 5:25-27

Gregory XVI

The Church is not subject to defects, for She is guided by the Holy Spirit

Pius XII

The Church is indefectible in Her mission to teach and govern

John Paul II

Sanctity, identity and beauty of the Church
Those who desire a Church not concerned about Herself, despise Her

Paul VI

In contemplating Herself, the Church belongs more fully to Christ

III – By Preaching the Truth and Condemning Error, the Church fulfills Her Mission

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

By the will of Christ, the Church is the master of truth
Bishops should ward off errors that threaten their flock

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

The people of God must be informed regarding true doctrine

Vatican Council I  (Ecumenical XX)

Inhibiting error avoids schism

Pius XI

For the unity of charity, it is indispensable to have unity of faith
Unity is only possible in the bosom of the Church

Leo XIII

To conserve the unity of the faith it is necessary to cast out the rebels
Divisions arise from disobedience to the Pontiff

Pius IX

It is necessary to anathemize those who spread false doctrines

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Excommunication is fitting for whoever separate from the Church through schism

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