Church as Teacher
Jesus answered them, "Did I not choose you, the twelve?"
Founded on the Apostles
The Apostles are the "foundation stones" of the Church. (See the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 860). Chosen by Jesus to be his companions, the Apostles could speak with authority about the Lord's deeds and preaching. They were the primary witnesses to the Resurrection—the event upon which Christian faith rests. From the Risen Jesus the Apostles received a commission to preach the Good News to all nations and a promise that the Spirit would be with them as their guide.
The Teaching Office of the Church
Christ revealed to the Apostles all the truths necessary for salvation, yet that revelation was so rich that the Twelve made only a start at sorting through its implications. With the passage of centuries, the Church has entered more deeply into the revelation that the Apostles received. This deeper understanding of the Gospel has been the work of many people—from popes and bishops to great theologians to ordinary believers—but it is the Church's official teaching office that has played the most crucial role in the development of doctrine.
The Apostles were promised the assistance of the Holy Spirit in preserving the Church from error. This promise was inherited by the Apostles' chosen successors, the college of bishops, headed by the bishop of Rome, the pope. By this means Jesus ensured that his revelation is not distorted over time, and that the Church's understanding of the Gospel is in accord with the fundamental truths of the faith.
Spirit of the living God, be a light to me and fill the teachers of the Church with your power and presence. Amen.
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