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      • Pro Deo et Ecclesia
    • Unworthy Servant


  • Ecclesiology came from two Latin words ecclesia and logos
    • Ecclesiawhich means congregation or church.
    • Logoswhich means study


  • The Latin Ecclesia from Greekek-ka-leinmeans to call out of .
      • In Church, God is calling togetherHis people from all the ends of the word.
  • The equivalent Greek termKYRIAKE,from which the English word Church and the German Kirche are derived, means what belongs to the Lord


  • There are two meaning:
  • 1. The Church is the house of prayer
  • -Mark 11:17,
  • 2. The Church is the congregation of all baptized person professing one faith, one Lord, one baptism and the same sacraments under the authority of one visible head, the Supreme Pontiff or the Pope.
  • St. Robert Bellarmine


  • In the days of these kingdoms, the God of Heaven will set up a Kingdom that shall never be destroyedand His Kingdom will have no end
  • Daniel 2: 44


  • You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my church, and even the gates of hell shall not prevail against it
  • - St. Matthew 16:18


  • 1.) PREPARATION(during the public ministry of Jesus Christ)
    • St. Mat 10: 1-10 Jesus called the twelve Apostles, the first Church He founded.
    • St. John 15:16 you did not choose Me, but I choose you
    • St. Luke 10:16 He who hears you hears Me, but he who rejects you rejects Me and rejects the One who sent Me.


          • 1.) PREPARATION(during the public ministry of Jesus Christ)
    • Jn 21:15-17- Jesus entrusted the Church to St. Peter, the first Pope.
    • Mt. 18:19- had given Authority to St. Peter
    • Mt. 18:18- Authority to the Twelve Apostles
    • Mt. 28:18-20- Authority to His disciples


  • 2 .) COMPLETION(during the Sacrificial Death of Jesus Christ on the cross)
    • Acts 20:28 Take heed to yourselves, and to the whole flock, wherein the Holy Ghost had placed you bishops, to rulethe church of God, which He had purchased with his own blood.
    • Hebrews 9: 22 And almost all things, according to the law, are cleansed with blood:and without shedding of blood there is no remission .


  • 3.) INAUGURATION(sending of the Holy Spirit)
    • St. John 14:16-18, 26 Jesus Christ promise a Helper, the Holy Spirit.
    • Acts 2:1-14 the descend of the Holy Spirit upon Mary and Apostles on the day of Pentecost.


  • Set up signs and mark the road (way)
  • -Jeremiah 31:21
  • The Way is the Church. Acts 24:14; 19:9
  • The Church is therefore can be found through its Marks.


  • 1.) It must be an outward sign. If its not, its useless as a means of identification. A mark must be evident to everyone.
  • 2.) It must be essential characteristic, one without which the Church cannot exist as Christs Church. Marks of the Church dont exist only as means of identification but must be a part of the very nature of the Church


  • For Example:
    • INFALLIBILITY- is an essentialcharacteristic but not visible, soits not a mark.
    • MIRACLES- are visible characteristicsbut not essential so itnot a mark.


  • The Church is:
        • ONE
        • HOLY
        • CATHOLIC
        • APOSTOLIC
  • These 4 Marks have the essential and visible characteristics.


  • The Church is one in:
  • SOURCE-the highest exemplar and source of thismystery is the unity, in the Trinity of Persons,of one God, the Father and the Son and theHoly Spirit.
  • -(Eph. 4:6One Lord, one Faith, One Baptism)
  • FOUNDER -St. John 10:16There is only one flock(Church) and one shepherd (Jesus Christ)
  • SOUL-It is the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:8; Eph. 4:4- onebody and one Spirit)
  • -Catechism of the Catholic Church par. 813


  • The unity of the Church is assured also in the visible bonds of communion:
    • a.) In the profession of one faith received from the Apostles.
    • b.) Common celebration of divine worship, especially in the sacraments.
    • c.) One government and the Apostolic succession .


  • The Catholic Church is holy in her:
    • a.)Origin Christ our Lord, the
    • founder of the Church, is Holy.
    • b.)Purpose the sanctification andsalvation of mankind.
    • c.) Means the teachings of Christ,the commandments, the liturgy(mass), the sacraments, thesacramentals and prayers.
    • d.)Fruit the Martyrs, the Saints; St.Matthew 7: 15-20 By their fruitsyou will know them
    • Be Holy for I am Holy
      • - 1 Pet. 1:16


  • The word catholic comes from the Greek work Katholikos or Katholos which means universal, general, complete, whole world and all embracing.
  • (St. Matthew 28:19; St. Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; St. Matthew 24:14; Rome 1:8)
  • The Church is Catholic in three ways:
    • a.) In TIME from the apostles to present.
    • b.) In PLACE not confined to one part of the world but teaches through out the whole world.(Mt. 28:19)
    • c.) In DOCTRINE it teaches the same doctrine and administer the same sacraments everywhere to all class of people.


  • APOSTOLIC which means that the Church is founded during the time of the apostles.
  • You are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets Eph. 2:20
  • Apostolic Succession the Pope is the successor of St. Peter, the first Pope.
  • (St. Matthew 16:18; St. John 21:15-19)


  • 1.)ORIGIN - she was and remains built on the foundation of the Apostles.-(Eph. 2:20; Rev. 21:14
  • 2.)TEACHING - with the help of the Spirit dwelling in her, the Church keeps and hands on the teaching(Acts 2:42) good deposit, the salutary words She has heard from the Apostles (2 Tim. 1:13-14)
  • 3.)SUCCESSION - She continues to be taught, sanctified, and guide by the Apostles until Christs return through the successor of St. Peter and the Aposles, the Pope and the Bishops. (Ti 1:5; Acts 14:23; 1 Tim 4:14; Acts 1:20, 25-26)


  • INDEFECTIBILITY -that the Christ will last and will not perish until the end of time.
  • Daniel 2:44 - cannot be destroyed
  • Mt. 28:20 Christ assured that He will remain with His Church forever
  • Mt. 16:18 even the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.


  • INFALLIBILITY - b y the special assistance of the Holy Spirit, the Church cannot err when teaching in matters ofFaith and Morals
  • John 16:13 - the Spirit of Truth will teach you all the Truth.
  • 1 Tim 3:15 the Church is the pillar ad foundation of Truth.


  • AUTHORITY -is the power which one person has over another. This is the power to teach, govern and sanctify.
  • Mt. 16:18- I will give you the Keys of Heaven
  • Mt. 28:19-20 teaching them.baptizing them.
  • Jn. 20:21 As the Father has sent me, so I also send you.


  • the Church is purchased by His blood - Acts 20:28
  • He is the head of the Body which the Church. - Col. 1:18
  • . Christ is Himself the Savior of the Church, His Body. - Eph. 5:23


  • MEMBERSHIP of the Church
    • Explicit Membership this includes all baptized Catholics
    • Implicit Membership Baptism by blood, baptism by desire and invincible ignorance


  • All men are obliged to become a member at least in desire. Protestants and non-Christian religions can be savedIF,
  • through no fault of their own they do notknow that the Catholic Church is the TrueChurch, butthey love God and