Friday, February 22, 2013
THIS IS INFALLIBLE: THE POPE IS NOT THE CHURCH AND THE CHURCH IS NOT THE POPE AND NEITHER THE CHURCH NOR THE POPE ARE GOD! PUT THAT IN YOUR THURIBLE AND SMOKE IT!
Commonweal has an editorial on the papacy which you can read HERE, which quotes the following:
"The church is not the pope, and the pope is not the church,” theologian [Father] Joseph Komonchak reminds us (see “Benedict’s Act of Humility”). Amen to that. Komonchak also cautions about the “hullabaloo over the upcoming conclave,” urging Catholics of every theological and ideological disposition to place Benedict XVI’s surprise resignation in the broader and deeper context of the responsibilities every Catholic has for building up the church and spreading the gospel. Expectations for the papacy need to change.
Amen to that as well."
MY COMMENTS: I wish Fr. Komonchak would take it a bit further, not only is the Pope not the Church and the Church is not the pope, neither is the pope God nor is the Church God.
And you know what, the pope knows that! The question is, does the Church know that? Pope John Paul II stated emphatically that he has and no pope has the authority to change the Church's Tradition and discipline concerning the ordination of women to Holy Orders. Hear what the Holy Father is saying, he can't do that, he's not the Church and the Church is not him and he and the Church are not God!
This is quite healthy to say the least.
What else can't the pope do or the Church do since neither are God? They can't change Scripture, Tradition or Natural Law. Therefore they can't sanction the use of artificial contraception or abortion. They can't endorse or bless same sex unions or sex, any kind of sex outside of Church recognized marriage.
I wonder if Commonweal acknowledges this truth or do they think the next pope will think he is God? Time will tell.