Catechism of the Catholic Church

Life in Christ 491 who have gone before him and whom the liturgy celebrates in the rhythms of the sanctoral cycle. 2031 The moral life is spiritual worship. We “present [our] bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God,” 73 within the Body of Christ that we form and in communion with the offering of his Eucharist. In the liturgy and the celebration of the sacraments, prayer and teaching are conjoined with the grace of Christ to enlighten and nourish Christian activity. As does the whole of the Christian life, the moral life finds its source and summit in the Eu­ charistic sacrifice. I. M oral L ife and the M agisterium of the C hurch 2032 The Church, the “pillar and bulwark of the truth,” “has re­ ceived this solemn command of Christ from the apostles to announce the saving truth.” 74 “To the Church belongs the right always and everywhere to announce moral principles, including those pertaining to the social order, and to make judgments on any human affairs to the extent that they are required by the fundamen­ tal rights of the human person or the salvation of souls.” 75 2033 The Magisterium of the Pastors of the Church inmoral matters is ordinarily exercised in catechesis and preaching, with the help of the works of theologians and spiritual authors. Thus from generation to generation, under the aegis and vigilance of the pastors, the “deposit” of Christianmoral teaching has been handed on, a deposit composed of a characteristic body of rules, command­ ments, and virtues proceeding from faith in Christ and animated by charity. Alongside the Creed and the Our Father, the basis for this catechesis has traditionally been the Decalogue which sets out the principles of moral life valid for all men. 2034 The Roman Pontiff and the bishops are “authentic teach­ ers, that is, teachers endowed with the authority of Christ, who preach the faith to the people entrusted to them, the faith to be believed and put into practice.” 76 The ordinary and universal Magisterium of the Pope and the bishops in communion with him teach the faithful the truth to believe, the charity to practice, the beatitude to hope for. 73 Rom 12:1. 74 1 Tim 3:15; LG 17. 75 CIC, can. 747 § 2. 76 LG 25. 1172 1368 85-87 888-892 2246 2420 84