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3/13/2013 4:05:00 PM
Resignation not a cataclysm
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Cardinal Sean O'Malley greets Pope Benedict after his last audience with cardinals.
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Cardinal Sean O'Malley greets Pope Benedict after his last audience with cardinals.

To the Catholic Sentinel:

There is no crack in infallibility or doctrinal issues. Resignation of a pope is not cataclysmic, creating substantive papal issues. How so?

Your article demonstrates the problem in its comparative statement, “the last monarchy of the West.”
 
It’s indicative of the false assumptions some scholars are making in asserting their arguments.

First and foremost, the papacy is an integral part of a religious institution, not a government-monarchy, democracy, or whatever.

Second, the papacy and/or infallibility on faith and morals are not a carry-over of the old divine right of kings, aura or otherwise.  The papacy is a continuum of Christ’s directive “Thou art Peter” — the Petrine principle.  Infallibility is a church doctrine insuring reliability of faith and moral beliefs that do not change with time or whim.

Third, infallibility goes with the office, not the person. Benedict/Ratzinger gave up the office.

Fourth, other than papal succession is there continuity?  You bet.  Did you know infallibility on faith and morals resides with the body of Catholic bishops?

So what is benefit of this and other articles related to the papal resignation?

They offer opportunities for more in-depth understanding.

Ann Lackey
Lake Oswego





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