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The 15 Marks
We need to remember this stuff from time to time.The 15 Marks of the Catholic Church developed by St. Robert Bellarmine, S.J. 1542-1621, Doctor of the Church and Cardinal:
<1> The Church's Name, Catholic, universal, and world wide, and not confined to any particular nation or people.
<2> Antiquity, in tracing her ancestry directly to Jesus Christ. <3> Constant Duration, in lasting substantially unchanged for so many centuries.
<4> Extensiveness, in the number of her loyal members.
<5> Episcopal Succession, of her Bishops from the first Apostles at the Last Supper to the present hierarchy.
<6> Doctrinal Agreement, of her doctrine with the teaching of the ancient Church.
<7> Union, of her members among themselves, and with their visible head, the Roman Pontiff.
<8> Holiness, of doctrine in reflecting the sanctity of GOD.
<9> Efficacy, of doctrine in its power to sanctify believers, and inspire them to great moral achievement.
<10> Holiness of Life, of the Church's representative writers and defenders.
<11> The glory of Miracles, worked in the Church and under the Church's auspices.
<12> The gift of Prophesy found among the Church's saints and spokesmen.
<13> The Opposition that the Church arouses among those who attack her on the very grounds that Christ was opposed by His enemies.
<14> The Unhappy End, of those who fight against her.
<15> The Temporal Peace and Earthly Happiness of those who live by the Church's teaching and defend her interests.