"The Holy Ghost hath placed you bishops to rule the Church of God, which He hath purchased with His own Blood" (Acts xx., 28). DIVINUM ILLUD MUNUS

Posted on October 8, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

“The Holy Ghost hath placed you bishops to rule the Church of God, which He hath purchased with His own Blood” (Acts xx., 28).

And both bishops and priests, by the miraculous gift of the Spirit, have the power of absolving sins, according to those words of Christ to the Apostles: “Receive ye the Holy Ghost; whose sins you shall forgive they are forgiven them, and whose you shall retain they are retained” John xx., 22, 23).
That the Church is a divine institution is most clearly proved by the splendour and glory of those gifts and graces with which she is adorned, and whose author and giver is the Holy Ghost.

Let it suffice to state that, as Christ is the Head of the Church, so is the Holy Ghost her soul. “What the soul is in our body, that is the Holy Ghost in Christ’s body, the Church” (St. Aug., Serm. 187, de Temp. ).
# 6 DIVINUM ILLUD MUNUS (On the Holy Spirit)
Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII

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