Tuesday, December 11, 2012
CAN THE POPE ACTING ALONE DO MORE THAN AN ECUMENICAL COUNCIL RECOMMENDED?
Yes, Pope Paul VI in issuing his revised Roman Missal had the authority to go above and beyond what Vatican II envisioned for the Roman Missal.
By the same token, Pope Benedict had/has the authority to revised the Roman Missal, allow for the 1962 version or any other version for that matter and could on his own authority actually revised the Pauline Missal to make it more like what Vatican II actually sought.
Or Pope Benedict could do what Pope Paul VI did and do something else altogether different.
What the pope cannot do is the change the faith and morals of the Church that are either defined dogma or doctrine. The pope cannot do something new if that new thing isn't within the Tradition of the Church, for example ordain women priests or bishops. He doesn't have the authority to do that.
Limitations on authority is good but having authority is good too when exercised under the parameters of Tradition.