“The decision of the Holy Spirit and of us”
But they make it clear that it is not their decision:
'It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us...”
Were the Apostles and elders perfect people (saints though they were)? No.
Were they brightest and most intellectual people on the planet? No.
They were collectively the instrument of God the Holy Spirit.
This instrument of the Holy Spirit remains in our midst, even in this world of increasingly hostile voices and subtly oppressive powers.
This instrument of the Holy Spirit remains in our midst, even with the imperfections of ministers and imprudence of individuals.
The Church remains.
The Church speaks.
The Holy Spirit is at work.
May we listen, be open, and follow.