Day #20: Lumen Gentium 8

“This Church … subsists in the Catholic Church.”

Today’s reading from the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church contains one of the Council’s more controversial statements.  So much ink has been spilled on that phrase that it warrants its’ very own Wikipedia article.

Five years ago, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith addressed five questions surrounding this passage and really helped to clarify what the Church means (and does not mean) by this statement.

Here are the Scripture citations:

73 Cf. Eph. 4:16.

74 Jn. 21:17.

75 Cf. Mt. 28:18, f.

76 1 Tim. 3:15.

77 Phil. 2:6.

78 2 Cor. 8:9.

79 Lk. 4:18.

80 Lk. 19:10.

81 Heb. 7:26.

82 2 Cor. 5:21.

83 Cf. Heb. 2:17.

84 Cf. 1 Cor. 11:26.

And the footnotes:

(9) Leo XIII, Litt. Encycl. Sapientiae christianae, 10 ian. 1890 AAS 22 (1889-90) p. 392. Id., Epist. Encycl. Satis cognitium, 29 iun. 1896; AAS 28 (1895-96) pp. 710 ct 724 ss. Pius XII, Litt. Eneyel. Mystici Corporis, 1. c., pp. 199-200.

(10) Cfr. Pius XII, Litt. Encycl. Mystici Corporis, 1. c., p. 221 ss. Id., Lin. Encycl. Humani genesis, 12 Aug. 1950: AAS 42 (1950) p. 571.

(11) Leo XIII, Epist. Encycl. Satis cognitum, 1. c., p. 713.

(12) Cfr. Symbolum Apostolicum: Denz. 6-9 (10-13); Symb. Nic.-Const.: Denz. 86 (150), coll. Prof. fidei Trid.: Denz. 994 et 999 (1862 et 1868).

(13) Dieitur. Saneta (catholica apostolica) Romana Ecelesia .: in Prof. fidei Trid., 1. c. et Concl. Vat. I, Sess. III, Const. dogm. de fide cath.: Denz. 1782 (3001).

(14) S. Augustinus, Civ. Dei, XVIII, 51, 2: PL 41, 614.

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