A very nice presentation of the Church as an institution...<quoted text>
OK!! Which one of the 42,000 contradicting Protestant "relative truths" are you referring to in the Word of God?? The bible is "inundated" with "Protestant" interpreted (or better yet mis-interpreted) cherry picked (supposed) Truths.
*In Ephesians 2:20 apostles are called the foundation of the Church
*In I Corinthians 3:11 Jesus is called the foundation of the Church
*In I Corinthians 3:12 the faithful build upon the foundation
*In Matthew 16:18 Jesus builds upon the foundation
*In I Peter 2:5 faithful are called stones of Gods spiritual house
*In Acts 4:11 Jesus is called the stone of Gods house
*In I Corinthians 3:16 the faithful are the temple of God
*In the Apocalypse 21:22 Jesus is the temple of God
*In Acts 20:28 the apostles are called the bishops of the flock
*In I Peter 2:25 Jesus is called the bishop of the flock
So which one of your 42,000 inconsistent "smorgasboard" of (cafeteria style) "pick and choose" (truths) are you talking about!!
Jesus taught us in Sacred Scripture about His One True Church and the authority He granted to his Apostles and their successors. The Bible is the Word of God but it is NOT the ONLY authority for Christians! It can't be --because it cannot interpret itself to arrive at the TRUTH. Most "definitely not" 42,000+ bible only Protestant (inconsistent and conflicting) interpretations...... The Bible directs us to an authority "outside of itself" to understand what it "actually means"! That is why Paul, in 1 Timothy 3:15 calls "the Church (not the bible) the pillar, pinnacle and foundation of the TRUTH. Catholics have the "greatest love for Sacred Scripture, to insure that it is "properly interpreted" and not (abused) by false and heretical interpretations that continue to divide "the body of Christ"
if I may I would like to add this...