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Sunday after the Ascension

Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk 
8th May 2016

Rome the Eternal by Pope Pius XII

When we stand before the witnesses of the Christian past we always feel something immortal: The faith which they reveal still lives, and is multiplied indefinitely in the number of those who profess it; the Church still lives to which they belong, and she is always the same through the centuries. She is the Church of Christ. Today, in what concerns her visible aspect, more perfect, more complete, more developed than in the dawn of her nativity and the first ages of her external manifestation. With this affirmation we find ourselves once more at Rome near Peter's Chair. Because Christ has realised His will to found a Church, one and indestructible, and to do so by the promise, made to Peter, by the institution of the primacy, or, what is the same thing, the Papacy. The Church established on Peter and his successors, and she alone, must be the Church of Christ, one in herself and destined to remain until the end of time by means of submission to a personal and visible Head.

It was a disposition of Divine Providence that Peter chose Rome as his Episcopal See. In the succession of Roman Pontiffs there are many who, like the Prince of the Apostles, have sealed with their own blood their fidelity to Him whose visible representatives they were. Many were great by reason of their sanctity, their genius, their learning, the authority of their person. There were others whose purely human qualities corresponded less accurately to the dignity of their supreme pastoral office. But the most formidable tempests unleashed from the time of the Apostle Peter down to our own have not been able to shake the Church or prejudice the divine mission of her Rulers. Each Pope, in the very moment in which he accepts his election, receives it immediately from Christ with the same power and with the same privilege of infallibility.

If there should ever come a day - we say this as a matter of pure hypothesis - when the physical reality of Rome were to crumble; if ever this Vatican Basilica, the symbol of the one, invincible, and victorious Catholic Church, were to bury beneath its ruins the historical treasures and the sacred tombs it enshrines, even then the Church would not, by that fact, be overthrown or undermined; the promise of Christ to Peter would always remain true, the Papacy would continue unchanged, as well as the one, indestructible Church founded on the Pope alive at that time. Thus it is: Rome the Eternal in the Christian and supernatural sense, is superior to the Rome of history. Her nature and her truth are independent of the historic City. And such, beloved sons and daughters, should your faith be, too; unshakable, because it has for foundation the rock on which the Church is built. Proclaim it and bear it, this faith of yours, among your associates and your fellow students, with clear-sighted vision, with profound conviction, with a courage certain of victory. And pray for the Pope, that the Lord, who has willed him to be the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls, may grant him to help by word and example those whom he rules, and with them to attain life everlasting. 

Allocution to Roman Students, 30 January 1949.