The Church Jesus Founded
Jesus wishes to save and sanctify us, but he wishes to do it by means of the Church. Pope Pius XII teaches that “Christ sustains the Church in a divine manner. He lives in her in such a way that she is, as it were, another Christ” (Mystici Corporis). Through scripture Fr. Bertrand traces the lineage of the Catholic Church back to Jesus Christ who appointed Peter as the first pope. This line of popes has continued unbroken for almost 2,000 years. Jesus said to Simon, “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it” (Mt 16:18).