Saving Souls: Our Mission

by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  •  September 22, 2017   

Our Lord: "Going therefore, teach ye all nations ... to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you"

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In a recent tweet, the homosexualist priest Fr. James Martin accused Church Militant of having "zero legitimacy in the Church." The Catholic Code of Canon Law, however, gives Catholics the canonical right to exercise Christ's Great Commission in saving souls, which Catholics are obligated to do by virtue of their baptism.

Canon law implements theology. To this end, canons 298 and 299 give Catholics the right to form "associations ... to foster a more perfect life to promote public worship or Christian doctrine or to exercise other works of the apostolate such as initiatives of evangelization, works of piety or charity and those which animate the temporal order with a Christian spirit."

In the same tweet, Fr. Martin also accuses Church Militant of "setting themselves up against legitimate authorities." Canon law, however, gives Catholics the right to make known their opinions on religious matters to their pastors and even to the public. Canon 212, paragraph 3 reads:

According to the knowledge, competence and prestige which they possess, they have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters, which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.

Watch this free episode of The Download discussing the core mission of Church Militant, and catch The Download Monday–Friday, live at 10:30 a.m. ET. This past week's episodes included topics like the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Korean martyrs, Bannon versus the bishops, and Fr. James Martin, among others.


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