Church authority

Church authority

Paul Fitzgerald

The continuing controversy about bringing the Catholic Church up to date in our modern world and challenging the authority of the Pope and Vatican has been highlighted in the parish of St Mary's, South Brisbane, and in the words of Father Peter Kennedy as quoted in Michael Gilchrist's article, and in Father Frank Brennan's views as reported in World News (May AD2000).

Both priests have featured as liberal Catholics over many years and their arguments may seem plausible unless one realises that Christ did not come to write a gospel: the only time he is recorded as writing anything was when he wrote in the sand the sins of all those Jews stoning the woman for adultery.

Christ came on earth to establish a Church and he set out his instructions clearly. He chose Peter as the first Pope when he said to him, "You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven" (Matthew 16).

Christ sent the Holy Spirit to protect the truths he had revealed and which the faithful are to believe. When the Pope binds followers in regard to these he is said to be teaching ex cathedra. This has been the case with every Pope since St Peter.

Balwyn, Vic

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