"God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world." (Gal. 6: 14)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Unity of the Church
Encycl. Satis cognitum, June 29, 1896
Pope Leo XIII

The twelve Apostles

But if the authority of Peter and his successors is plenary and supreme, it is not to be regarded as the sole authority. For He who made Peter the foundation of the Church also "chose twelve, whom He called apostles" (Luke 6:13); and just as it is necessary that the authority of Peter should be perpetuated in the Roman Pontiff, so, by the fact that the bishops succeed the apostles, they inherit their ordinary power, and thus the episcopal order necessarily belongs to the essential constitution of the Church. Although they do not receive plenary, or universal, or supreme authority, they are not to be looked upon as vicars of the Roman Pontiffs; because they exercise a power really their own, and are most truly called the ordinary pastors of the peoples over whom they rule.

Friday, January 15, 2010

We have a new web page up: franciscanfathers.com We have a few pictures up to celebrate our 30th anniversary. I hope that you will enjoy and benefit from our newest presence on the web.

May God bless you.
+Bishop Giles OFM