The Day the Resurrection of Christ became an official dogma of the Church

…On the first Easter Sunday, news began to be circulated that Jesus was alive and had been seen. These reports were, at first disbelieved or at least doubted by the apostles. Various reports from both women and men were dismissed by the apostles. But suddenly in the evening of that first Easter Sunday there is a change and a declaration by the apostles that the Lord had truly been raised. What effected this change?

It would seem that, after the early evening report by the disciples returning from Emmaus, Peter slipped away, perhaps for a walk or some other purpose and according to both Paul (1 Cor 15:5) and Luke (Luke 24:34) the risen Lord appeared to him privately and prior to the other apostles. Peter then reports this to the others and the resurrection moves from being doubted to being the official declaration of the Church. The official declaration is worded thus:

The Lord has truly risen indeed, he has appeared to Simon!” (Luke 24:34)

The resurrection is now officially declared. Notice, the world “truly” (some texts say “indeed”). It is not an officially attested fact that Jesus has risen. Neither Magdalene, nor the women in general, nor the disciples from Emmaus could make this declaration for the Church. It took the college of apostles in union with Peter to do this. Hence the dogma of the resurrection becomes so on very Catholic terms:  The first bishops (the apostles) in union or in Council with the first Pope (Peter) make this solemn declaration of the faith.

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Do you believe that Jesus is ‘married’ to Mary Magdalene?


Q: Do you believe that Jesus is ‘married’ to Mary Magdalene?

A: Absolutely not.

Contrary to Dan Brown’s hokey DaVinci Code, the best historical evidence makes St. Mary  Magdalene the wife of Joseph of Arimathea, who was Jesus’ uncle on his mother’s side. That would make Magdalene his aunt … not a potential wife.

Furthermore, Jesus is betrothed to the Church, which is the bride of Christ … not to any specific woman. The betrothal has already been announced, and the wedding is already planned. See the Book of Revelation.

Finally, it is absurd to think that the only begotten son of God would complicate his redemptive mission … a mission that was obviously planned and timed to the split second … by a totally unnecessary and impertinent sexual relationship … with anyone.