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Apart from any claim related to antiquity, does the modern Roman Catholic Church claim to be" The Body of Christ"? The short answer is: Yes. Pope Pius XII's encyclical Mystici Corporis Christi (Mystical Body of Christ) (June 29, 1943) should count as being on topic for this post? And, if so, keep reading. Although Pope Pius XII states in his encyclical ...


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Abel was the first to offer sacrifice pleasing to God. cf. You Shall Worship One God: The Mystery of Loving Sacrifice in Salvation History by Fr. Philippe, O.P., ch. 1, §"Sacrifice Before the Law" Adam did offer sacrifice (to offer sacrifice as part of our nature), but it seems it was not pleasing to God on account of his Original Sin. According to St. ...


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The question itself is inherently flawed, for several reasons (and thus any attempt at an answer is thus fallacious and mistaken): Off the top of my head: Any claim to be the true Church outside of demonstrating it historically amounts at best to 'good persuasion' (yes, as subjective as it sounds) to your personal (i.e., not historical) interpretation of ...


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Besides antiquity, and continuity, the Roman Catholic Claims of being the Universal Church is also under-girded by an ancient Ecclesiology that is found in scripture, namely that "the Church is One". When you take this principle together with the notions of antiquity and continuity you have something of a three fold knot (Ecclesiastes 4:12). There are many ...


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Where does the principle of applying the concept of model ... come from? I think your question is caused by a misunderstanding of English language. I speak German (not English) and work in the field of electrical engineering. In the university we were told what the German word "Modell" (English: "model") means: A model is a simplification of something, ...


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In Jehovah's Witness theology, "the Church" is restricted to 144,001 humans who form the heavenly government, with the risen Jesus Christ as its head. The others (the 144,000) are humans from earth who are selected to go to heaven and reign with Christ in the heavenly aspect of God's kingdom, over the earthly aspect. In their "Insight on the Scriptures" ...


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The scripture you quote shows that there were divisions amongst Christians circa A.D. 55, as existing divisions prompted Paul to write that admonition. He goes on to mention the risk of sectarian splits with some following Paul, Apollos or Cephas. Others wisely said they followed Christ. In chapter 3 Paul speaks again of jealousy and quarrelling and factions,...


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Was there a time when bishops were not appointed to other sees and did not generally ever relocate? The simple answer is yes. In the Early Church, the bishop of a diocese was chosen by the local clergy and not appointed to the diocese by the pope. Thus transfers to other articles sees was extremely rare, if not non-existent. It was however not unheard of ...


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The cloud of witnesses mentioned in Heb. 12:1 is referring to the many faithful people mentioned in Heb. 11. The writer of Hebrews has just listed quite a few who lived before Christ and couldn't see the details of God's plan, but were still faithful. "These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them ...


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The Papacy. St Ambrose in the fourth century said: Ubi Petrus ibi ergo Ecclesia which means Where Peter is, there, consequently, is the Church. The Church of Rome believes a) Jesus entrusted to St. Peter primacy over the other apostles and b) that St Peter became the first Bishop of Rome and c) that subsequent Bishops of Rome have inherited that ...


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In the UK, independent churches are often legally registered as charities so they can be part of the "Gift Aid Scheme", a scheme set up by the UK Government which allows the income tax portion of a gift from a UK Income Tax payer to be reclaimed back from the Inland Revenue. So if I give £80 and am a taxpayer who has already paid £20 on the £100 originally ...


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