Wednesday, July 26, 2017

JUST FOR THE RECORD

Perhaps – just perhaps – it is neither properly known nor accordingly realized that the Catholic Church is universal, i.e., spread the world over by having constituent members from people of all races, colors and languages.  So it cannot be but well constitutionally structured in order to better serve, accordingly teach and duly sanctify all peoples – the Catholics in particular.  No wonder then that the Church although essentially spiritual in nature and finality, has the following Department and Offices – considering that a Geneva Convention gave recognition to the Vatican as a State such its official address is “Vatican City State Europe” with ambassadorial relations with Countries desirous of having it.  The Representatives of Countries with Diplomatic Relations with the Vatican are called “Ambassadors” while representatives thereto from the Vatican are called “Apostolic Nuncios”.  Below are some of the more significant Vatican Offices – without mentioning its some 24 minor administrative entities:

The Secretariat of State:
Section for General Affairs
Section for Relations with States

The Congregations:
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Congregation for the Causes of Saints
Congregation for the Oriental Churches
Congregation for Bishops
Congregation for Divine Worship & the Discipline of the Sacraments
Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples
Congregation for Consecrated and Apostolic Lives
Congregation for the Clergy
Congregation for Catholic Education


The Tribunals:
Apostolic Penitentiary
Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura
Tribunal of the Roman Rota


The Pontifical Councils:
Pontifical Council for the Laity
Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
Pontifical Council for the Family
Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”
Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant Peoples
Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers
Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts
Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue
Pontifical Council for Culture
Pontifical Council for Social Communications
Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization

Who says that the Church is but a purely religious, spiritual, supernatural reality with no relevance to the here and now?