The strength of the Church

Herein is the strength of the Church….She professes to be built upon facts, not opinions; on objective truths, not on variable sentiments; on immemorial testimony, not on private judgment…None else but she can make this profession….She merely acts out what she says she is. ….But she has not disturbed the world for nothing. Her precision and peremptoriness, all that is laid to her charge as intolerance and exclusiveness, her claim entirely to understand and to be able to deal with her own deposit and her own functions; her claim to reveal the unknown and to communicate the invisible, is….just what would be sure to characterise her if she had received such a mission. She cannot be conceived without her message and her gifts.