Sunday, January 16, 2011

Why the Church?

"Some things have been revealed by God...the only-begotten Son of God was made flesh, to bear witness to the truth...a perfect society was founded by Him—the Church, namely, of which He is the Head, and with which He has promised to abide till the end of the world. To this society He entrusted all the truths which He had taught, in order that it might keep and guard them and with lawful authority explain them; and at the same time He commanded all nations to hear the voice of the Church, as if it were His own, threatening those who would not hear it with everlasting perdition..."
- Pope Leo XIII, Libertas Præstantissimum ("On Human Liberty"), 20 June 1888

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