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When the bishops at the Second Vatican Council were presented with a second draft of the Constitution on the Church that referred to “the priesthood of all believers,” one cardinal spoke up to say the document should clarify that this priesthood is not priesthood “in the true and proper sense.”
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One of the most unique – and most misinterpreted – emphases to come out of the Second Vatican Council was that on the People of God.
Where is the Church of God to be found? If the Church that brings salvation is a mystery, can it actually be found in the world, is it an invisible entity or is it simply a pious hope?
At its very heart, the Church is not a structure, but a mystery. The Church is not of human origin, but rather originates within the Holy Trinity.