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SESSION 4 : 18 July 1870 - First dogmatic constitution on the church of Christ

Pius, bishop, servant of the servants of God, with the approval of the sacred council, for an everlasting record.

    The eternal shepherd and guardian of our souls37, Therefore, before he was glorified,

that they all might be one as the Son himself and the Father are one38.

    So then, In order, then, that Upon the strength of this foundation was to be built the eternal temple, and the church whose topmost part reaches heaven was to rise upon the firmness of this foundation41. And since the gates of hell trying, if they can, to overthrow the church, make their assault with a hatred that increases day by day against its divinely laid foundation,

1.     institution,

2.     permanence and

3.     nature

    This doctrine is to be believed and held by all the faithful in accordance with the ancient and unchanging faith of the whole church. Furthermore, we shall proscribe and condemn the contrary errors which are so harmful to the Lord's flock.




37 1 Pt 2,25



38 Jn 17, 20-21



39 Jn 15, 19



40 Jn 20, 21



41 Leo 1, Serm. (Sermons), 4 (elsewhere 3), ch. 2 for the day of his birth (PL 54, 150).






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