• Lumen Gentium

    Lumen Gentium Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Solemnly Promulgated by His Holiness Pope Paul VI November 21, 1964 Chapter I Chapter II Chapter III Chapter IV Chapter V Chapter VI Chapter VII Chapter VIII Chapter I The Mystery of the Church 1. Christ is the Light of nations. Because this is so, this Sacred Synod gathered together in the Holy Spirit eagerly desires, by proclaiming the Gospel to every creature,(1) to bring the light of Christ to all men, a light brightly visible on the countenance of the Church. Since the Church is in Christ like...
  • Unitatis Redintegratio

    Unitatis Redintegratio Decree on Ecumenism Proclaimed by His Holiness Pope Paul VI November 21, 1964 Introduction Chapter I Chapter II Chapter III Introduction 1. The restoration of unity among all Christians is one of the principal concerns of the Second Vatican Council. Christ the Lord founded one Church and one Church only. However, many Christian communions present themselves to men as the true inheritors of Jesus Christ; all indeed profess to be followers of the Lord but differ in mind and go their different ways, as if Christ Himself were divided.(1) Such division openly contradicts the...
  • Educational Guidance in Human Love

    Educational Guidance in Human Love Outlines for Sex Education The Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education November 1, 1983 Introduction I.Some Fundamental Principles II.Responsibility in PuttingSex Education into Effect III.Conditions and Mode of Sex Education IV.Some Particular Problems Conclusion Introduction 1. The harmonious development of the human person progressively reveals in each of us the image of a child of God. True education aims at the formation of the human person with respect to his ultimate goal.(1) Treating christian education, Vatican Council II drew attention to the necessity of offering a positive and prudent sex education to...
  • Donum Vitae: The Gift of Life

    Donum Vitae: The Gift of Life Instruction on Respect for Human Life In its Origin and the Dignity of Procreation: Replies to Certain Questions of the Day Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith February 22, 1987 Foreword Introduction Respect for Human Embryos Interventions upon Human Procreation Moral and Civil Law Conclusion Foreword The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has been approached by various Episcopal Conferences or individual Bishops, by theologians, doctors and scientists, concerning biomedical techniques which make it possible to intervene in the initial phase of the life of a human...
  • Congregation Notitiae

    Notitiae Notices on the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (1969-1981) Sacred Congregation For Divine Worship And The Discipline Of The Sacraments [The following official interpretations of the General Instruction on the Roman Missal have been published by the Sacred Congregation in its journal Notitiae [indicated by: Not., vol. (year) pages]. The numbers preceding the Query and Reply are those of the applicable paragraph in the General Instruction. The New Missal of 2001 includes and clarifies most of these notes.] 12. Query: An organ accompaniment for the recitation of the eucharistic prayer is a practice that...
  • Lay and Priest_roles

    ON CERTAIN QUESTIONS REGARDING THE COLLABORATION OF THE NON-ORDAINEDFAITHFUL IN THE SACRED MINISTRY OF PRIEST LIBRERIA EDITRICE VATICANAVATICAN CITY 1997 PREMISS The source of the call addressed to all members of the Mystical Body to participate actively in the mission and edification of the People of God, is to be found in the mystery of the Church. The People of God participate in this call through the dynamic of an organic communion in accord with their diverse ministries and charisms. The call has been forcefully repeated in the documents of the Magisterium, particularly since the Second...
  • Holy Rule of St. Benedict

    The Holy Rule of St. Benedict The 1949 Edition Translated by Rev. Boniface Verheyen, OSBof St. Benedict's Abbey, Atchison, Kansas Contents Prologue Chapter 1Of the Kinds or the Life of Monks Chapter 2What Kind of Man the Abbot Ought to Be Chapter 3Of Calling the Brethren for Counsel Chapter 4The Instruments of Good Works Chapter 5Of Obedience Chapter 6Of Silence Chapter 7Of Humility Chapter 8Of the Divine Office during the Night Chapter 9How Many Psalms Are to Be Said at the Night Office Chapter 10How the Office Is to Be Said during the Summer Season Chapter...
  • The Eucharist

    The Eucharist Perpetual Exposition of the Blessed SacramentCommittee on the LiturgyNational Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic ConferenceOver the past several years a number of questions have been raised regarding the practice of perpetual exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The Liturgy Committee discussed the issues raised several times and decided to submit a series of questions regarding perpetual exposition to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. The following responses were received from the Congregation The Real Presence Association.Discusses Introduction to the Eucharist, The Eucharist in Scripture, The Eucharist and Vatican II,...
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