March Cate-Quizm answers

1. A, B, C – “Christians of the first centuries said, ‘The world was created for the sake of the Church.’  God created the world for the sake of communion with his divine life, a communion brought about by the ‘convocation’ of men in Christ, and this ‘convocation’ is the Church.  The Church is the goal of all things, and God permitted such painful upheavals as the angels’ fall and man’s sin only as occasions and means for displaying all the power of his arm and the whole measure of the love he wanted to give the world..” (CCC 760)

2. B – “The Lord Jesus endowed his community with a structure that will remain until the Kingdom is fully achieved.”  (CCC 765)

3. B – “It’s [the People of God] mission is to be salt of the earth and light of the world.” (CCC 782)  C – “Its [the People of God] law is the new commandment to love as Christ loved us.  This is the ‘new’ law of the Holy Spirit. (CCC 765)

4. A, C – “By canonizing some of the faithful, i.e., by solemnly proclaiming that they practiced heroic virtue and lived in fidelity to God’s grace, the Church recognizes the power of the Spirit of holiness within her and sustains the hope of believers by proposing the saints to them as models and intercessors.  ‘The saints have always been the source and origin of renewal in the most difficult moments in the Church’s history.’”  (CCC 828)

5. A, B, C – “The word ‘catholic’ means ‘universal,’ in the sense of ‘according to the totality’ or ‘in keeping with the whole.’  First, the Church is catholic because Christ is present in her. Secondly, the Church is catholic because she has been sent out by Christ on a mission to the whole of the human race.”   (CCC 830-831)

6. A – “In order that the mission entrusted to them might be continued after their death, [the apostles] consigned, by will and testament, as it were, to their immediate collaborators the duty of completing and consolidating the work they had begun, urging them to tend to the whole flock, in which the Holy Spirit had appointed them to shepherd the Church of God.  They accordingly designated such men and then made the ruling that likewise on their death other proven men should take over their ministry.”  (CCC 861)

7. B, C – “When Christ instituted the Twelve, ‘he constituted [them] in the form of a college or permanent assembly, at the head of which he placed Peter, chosen from among them.’  Just as ‘by the Lord’s institution, St. Peter and the rest of the apostles constitute a single apostolic college, so in like fashion the Roman Pontiff, Peter’s successor, and the bishop, the successors of the apostles, are related with and united to one another.’”  (CCC 880)

8. C –  “The term ‘laity’ is here understood to mean all the faithful except those in Holy Orders and those who belong to a religious state approved by the Church.”  (CCC 897)

9. B – “The participation of lay people in Christ’s priestly office”  (CCC 901-903)  Participation in Christ’s prophetic office  (CCC 904-907)  Participation in Christ’s kingly office (CCC 908-912)

10. A –  “The state of consecrated life is thus one way of experiencing a ‘more intimate’ consecration, rooted in Baptism and dedicated totally to God.” (CCC 916)  C – “The perfection of charity, to which all the faithful are called, entails for those who freely follow the call to consecrated life the obligation of practicing chastity in celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom, poverty and obedience.  It is the profession of these counsels, within a permanent state of life recognized by the Church, that characterizes the life consecrated to God.”  (CCC 915)


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