The Legacy of Luther -Part 2

Was Luther all that important? Were his reforms needed? Was the Reformation itself really necessary? Today we look sections of one of the sixteen documents of the Second Vatican Council to see what the Catholic church truly teaches. We see that even 400 years later the Catholic church still rejects the gospel of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, through Christ alone, completed on the cross, as revealed in scripture alone to the glory of God alone. Luther’s reforms were, yea, are still needed.

“…the liturgy, ‘through which the work of our redemption is accomplished,'”

-Vatican II: Sacrosanctum concilium, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 1963, I

” At the Last Supper, on the night when He was betrayed, our Saviour instituted the eucharistic sacrifice of His Body and Blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the centuries until He should come again…a paschal banquet in which Christ is eaten…”

-Vatican II: Sacrosanctum concilium, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 1963, II

“…for well-disposed members of the faithful, the liturgy of the sacraments and sacramentals sanctifies almost every event in their lives; they are given access to the stream of divine grace which flows from the paschal mystery of the passion, death, the resurrection of Christ, the font from which all sacraments and sacramentals draw their power….”

-Vatican II: Sacrosanctum concilium, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 1963, III

“…[Christ Jesus] continues His priestly work through the agency of His Church, which is ceaselessly engaged in praising the Lord and interceding for the salvation of the whole world. She does this, not only by celebrating the eucharist, but also in other ways, especially by praying the divine office.”

-Vatican II: Sacrosanctum concilium, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 1963, IV

“…holy Church honors with especial love the Blessed Mary, Mother of God, who is joined by an inseparable bond to the saving work of her Son. In her the Church holds up and admires the most excellent fruit of the redemption, and joyfully contemplates, as in a faultless image, that which she herself desires and hopes wholly to be.”

-Vatican II: Sacrosanctum concilium, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 1963, V

Translation of Latin Original by the Holy See Provided Courtesy of: Eternal Word Television Network, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL 35210, 
http://www.ewtn.com/library/councils/v2all.htm

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