22. THE QUESTION WAS .. According to St. Augustine, what has the Catholic Church has always possessed?
A. the crown of beauty
B. the crown of royalty
C. the crown of teaching authority
THE ANSWER IS ..C .the crown of teaching authority.
The Catholic Church is the work of Divine Providence, achieved through the prophecies of the prophets, through the Incarnation and the teaching of Christ, through the journeys of the Apostles, through the suffering, the crosses, the blood and death of the martyrs, through the admirable lives of the saints . When, then, we see so much help on Gods part, so much progress and so much fruit, shall we hesitate to bury ourselves in the bosom of that Church? For starting from the apostolic chair down through successions of bishops, even unto the open confession of all mankind, it has possessed the CROWN OF TEACHING AUTHORITY. (Augustine, The Advantage of Believing 35 392 A.D.)
St. Eusebius of Caesarea in the 4th century wrote:
"But the brightness of the Catholic Church proceeded to increase in greatness, for it ever held to the same points in the same way, and radiated forth to all the race of Greeks and barbarians the reverent, sincere, and free nature, and the sobriety and purity of the divine teachings as to conduct and thought." (Ecclesiastical History, 4, 7, 13).
In 200 A.D., St. Irenaeus of Lyons wrote:
the Church, having received this preaching and this faith, although she is disseminated throughout the whole world, yet guarded it, as if she occupied but one house. She likewise believes these things just as if she had but one soul and one and the same heart; and harmoniously she proclaims them and teaches them and hands them down, as if she possessed but one mouth. For, while the languages of the world are diverse, nevertheless, the authority of the Tradition is one and the same (Against Heresies 1:10:2 [A.D. 189])
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