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Understanding the Catholic Church
The word “catholic” means “universal,” in the sense of “according to the totality” or “in keeping with the whole.” The Church is catholic in a double sense:
First, the Church is catholic because Christ is present in her. “Where there is Christ Jesus, there is the Catholic Church.” In her, subsists the fullness of Christ’s body united with its head; this implies that she receives from him “the fullness of the means of salvation” which he has willed: correct and complete confession of faith, full sacramental life, and ordained ministry in apostolic succession.
The Church was, in this fundamental sense, catholic on the day of Pentecost and will always be so until the day of the Parousia. Catechism of the Catholic Church #830
What is a bishop?
A bishop is the highest order of the three degrees of Holy Orders; a bishop is normally ordained to teach, sanctify and to govern a diocese or local church.
What does it mean to say the Catholic Church is “apostolic”?
The Church is built upon the foundation of the Apostles, who were chosen by Christ himself. The entire community of Christians received the Apostles’ proclamation of the Gospel and so the Church in her entirety is called “apostolic.” A bishop is a successor of the Apostles.
What does a bishop do?
Each bishop works in his particular diocese or territory in a priestly shepherding and teaching role. He possesses the fullness of the priesthood and so is the principal celebrant of the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist, by which the Church grows in holiness and union with Christ. He is also the chief shepherd of the diocese and so is responsible for compassionate and loving governance of the people entrusted to him. And he is the chief teacher of his diocese, responsible for authentic proclamation of the Gospel.
Who is the Pope?
The pope is the successor of St. Peter, who was chosen by Christ to lead the Apostles. The pope serves as the Bishop of Rome and as the visible and juridical head of the Catholic Church.
CATHOLICS IN CENTRAL FLORIDA
As a thriving and growing community of Catholic faithful, the Diocese of Orlando represents many cultural and ethnic groups, believers of all ages, income levels and education. But they all are united in the universal Catholic Church.
Catholics call Central Florida home but the Catholic Church is their spiritual home where they share God’s love, experience the sacraments, serve the needy and encourage the distressed. Most of all, Catholics come together for Mass to meet our Savior at the table of the Lord, grow in our relationship with Christ, lead others to holiness and share our blessings. In addition to English, Mass is celebrated in nine foreign languages: Portuguese, Filipino, Spanish, Polish, Korean, Malayalam, Vietnamese, African and Creole as well as sign language.