Thursday, March 28, 2013
Christopher Ferreira, The Remnant & Catholic Family News
Christopher Ferreira writing in the Remnant and Catholic Family News, concerning the abdication/resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, needs to be reminded of what Vatican Council I dogmatically taught concerning the power of the Supreme Pontiff. If any shall say that the Roman Pontiff has the office merely of inspection or direction, and not full and supreme power of jurisdiction over the Universal Church, not only in things which belong to faith and morals, but also in those things which relate to the discipline and government of the Church spread throughout the world – or assert that he possesses merely the principal part, and not all the fullness of this supreme power – or that this power that he enjoys is not ordinary and immediate, both over each and all the Church and over each and all the pastors of the faithful – let him be anathema.
Pope Benedict has not just resigned the office of the Papacy, - he has abdicated and tacitly denied the supreme power of the Papacy as defined by the First Vatican Council in its dogmatic definition of that power. According to Christopher Ferreira’s opinion, the Pope acts as if he did not have the power that the Church has conferred upon him. He has not the faith of previous councils – obviously. God help us.
This statement of Vatican I disposes at once of “collegiality” of the Bishops. The Bishop is always and everywhere subordinate to the Pope. Robert Siscoe quoted the Council of Florence in a footnote in Catholic Family News. The three early medieval councils do not mention salvation by desire or blood – only Trent does. The Church will have to settle this dispute in the future.
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