What does the Catholic Church mean by the word “Church” and how does she understand herself as a “mystery”? Discover what she has to say through the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC):

The Holy Catholic Church

  • Christ is the light of humanity… The Church has no other light than Christ’s
  • The Church is the place where the Spirit flourishes
  • The Church is holy, catholic, one and apostolic – inseparable from belief in God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
  • The liturgical assembly, the local community or the whole universal community of believers

more in the CCC

The Church in God’s Plan

  • Names and Images of the Church
  • The Church’s Origin, Foundation, and Mission
  • The Mystery of the Church

more in the CCC

The Church – People of God, Body of Christ, Temple of the Holy Spirit

  • People of God
  • Body of Christ
  • Temple of the Holy Spirit

more in the CCC

The Church is One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic

  • One
  • Holy
  • Catholic
  • Apostolic

more in the CCC

Christ’s Faithful – Hierarchy, Laity, Consecrated Life

  • The Hierarchical Constitution of the Church
  • The Lay Faithful
  • The Consecrated Life

more in the CCC

The Communion of Saints

  • Communion in Spiritual Goods
  • The Communion of the Church of Heaven and Earth

more in the CCC

Mary – Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church

  • Mary’s Motherhood with Regard to the Church
  • Devotion to the Blessed Virgin
  • Mary – Eschatological Icon of the Church

more in the CCC

Much of the teachings above, from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), are summary statements which draw from previous documents; two such documents that further speak on the Church are:

  • Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen gentium  in its Latin title)
  • Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et spes  in its Latin title)

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