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Not conclusive, of course, otherwise the Vatican would have to close shop.
But, there are some interesting points in the comments section where the argument swings to the classic visible/invisible church distinction based on the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares.
The problem with that proof-text is that the field is "the world" not "the church" .
Nobody made any points on the opposite end of the spectrum which is that of 'sacerdotalism' (except perhaps tangentially with a comment about the Sacraments) ;but, there were epistemic points on the need for having , or otherwise, a supreme interpreting authority telling us what the Scripture means.
Yet, the church is not merely about epistemology. It is historical. It is relational. It is organic. It is both natural and supernatural. It is also, last but not least, to use a dirty word, hierarchical !
But, most of all it's continued existence and the manner of it is simply a mystery.
I didn't say it. The Bible does HERE immediately following the section about the church being "the pillar and foundation of the truth" which you can read for your self HERE .
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