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The Church’s Name, Catholic, Universal, and world wide, and not confined to any particular nation or people.
In tracing her ancestry directly to Jesus Christ.
3. Constant Duration
In lasting substantially unchanged for so many centuries.
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.
Of her members among themselves, and with their visible head, the Roman Pontiff.
Of doctrine in reflecting the holiness 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.
Worked in the Church and under the Church’s auspices.
Found among the Church’s saints and spokesmen.
Of those who live by the Church’s teaching and defend her interests.
The Traditional four marks of the Church are: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic. St. Robert Bellarmine builds upon these marks, which establish whether or not a Church can be considered true or false.