Fr. Jefferson Bennit

Pastoral Teaching Authority - Magisterium

Pastoral Teaching Authority – Magisterium

The ultimate authority in the Church is God, who reveals. And the absolute truth is his Word. The role of bishops or those who are endowed with pastoral teaching authority is to facilitate others to hear the Word of God. Hence there is a need for trustworthiness or reliability of those who are helping others to hear the Word of God. The apostle and apostolic men were chosen by Christ and called…

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Formation of Gospels Primitive Preaching

Formation of Gospels Primitive Preaching

After the resurrection of Jesus and the event of the Pentecost the disciples began to preach about the risen Christ as Son of God and Saviour of the world. Their initial proclamation of the Christian message, which is called the primitive kerygma, consisted of brief statements, the essentials of the message, namely, the passion, death, resurrection, and glorification of Christ. Gradually, the…

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Formation of Gospels and Jesus of Nazareth

Formation of Gospels and Jesus of Nazareth

The central figure and the hero of the gospel story is Jesus of Nazareth. It is his ministry, his words and deeds, his passion, death, and resurrection that our gospels describe. What Jesus actually said and did, and the events of his suffering, death, and resurrection constitute the first stage of the material which forms the basis of our written gospels.

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Meaning of Gospel

The word “Gospel” (Greek: euaggelion) signifies good news or glad tidings with the emphasis on the adjectives ‘good’ and ‘glad’. Originally the term did not have an exclusive religious significance either in Hebrew or in Greek. However, from the time of Second Isaiah the verb ‘to announce/proclaim good news’ takes on an exclusively religious connotation and it denotes the saving action of God…

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Why we use the term ‘Gospel’

Why we use the term ‘Gospel’

After John the Baptist was arrested Jesus came into Galilee preaching the Gospel of God (Mk 1, 14-15; Mt 4, 23; 9, 35). Both Matthew and Mark designate Jesus’ preaching with the Greek term ‘evangelion’– but what does that actually mean?

The term is often translated as “good news.” Though it sounds attractive it falls far short of what is actually meant by the word evangelion. This term figures in…

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The Written Gospels

Our four canonical gospels are four versions or representations of the one and the same Gospel. All of them deal with the person of Jesus Christ, his ministry, his passion, death, and resurrection. But no gospel was written during the life time of Jesus. In fact, the first gospel was written some 35-40 years after the events it records have taken place.

How did our gospels come to be written? (As…

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John 3: 1-36 - Function of Holy Spirit

John 3: 1-36 – Function of Holy Spirit

Jesus’ further clarification focuses on the function of Spirit in this process. The re-birth is realized through “water and Spirit”. Just as the human life is the result of God’s giving his Spirit (life), the spiritual life is realized through God’s giving of the Holy Spirit to human beings. The outpouring of the Spirit during the Messianic era is a teaching of the Old Testament (Is 32: 15; Joel…

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Objections to Priestly Celibacy and its Validity

Objections to Priestly Celibacy and its Validity

The value of priestly celibacyis not accepted equally by all. Some are of the opinion that clerical celibacy cannot be an ideal for the priest to live on today. It prevents the priest to be a part of the people for whom he is sent, makes it difficult for him to be one with them, to understand the various domestic problems as he has no family of his own. In addition to this there is a suggestion…

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Authentic Magisterium

According to Fr. Sullivan the word authentic here means authoritative. The word authentic should not be understood as genuine. So bishops and pope teach with authority and we have to obey. This expression also shows the source of authority for this authentic teaching namely Jesus Christ (cf. LG 25; DV 10). If we take the meaning only as genuine then it will lead us to think only the bishops can…

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Meaning of Magisterium

The word ‘magister’ in Latin may be translated as master (in the sense of a schoolmaster), but this word expresses much deeper meaning than that of a teacher. It had a connotation of authority. Basically it means the position and authority of the person in charge.

In the Church from the beginning we had a teaching authority. The bishops were endowed with the charisma of truth and they were…

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