Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Sola Ecclesia Quote

"What then must the Catholic Christian generally believe?

He must believe all that God has revealed and the Catholic Church proposes to his belief, whether it be contained in Holy Scripture or not."

"Is the Infallibility of the Pope the same as the Infallibility of the Church?

Yes, precisely. The Pope is the Supreme Pastor and Teacher, whose voice all the faithful, clergy and laity, 'lambs and sheep,' are commanded by Christ to hear and to follow. If he could teach error ex cathedra, the Church would then follow him into error, and would thereby fail; and so the promises of Christ would be falsified, which is impossible."

"Application: In matters of faith never trust your own judgment, but always humbly submit to the decisions of Holy Church; for when you believe what the Church teaches, you believe the Word of God."

-A Full Catechism of the Catholic Religion

3 comments:

bkaycee said...

"In matters of faith never trust your own judgment, but always humbly submit to the decisions of Holy Church; for when you believe what the Church teaches, you believe the Word of God."

Scripture is then redundant at best except for torchered use of Matt 16 and a few other verses.

Apologist said...

Never trust our own judgement?? The Catholic Church doesn't want anyone to question their authority is how I see it. I know that the Catholic Church's theology is not precisely what they should be teaching.

If everyone humbly abmits to the church as higher authority than God's Word, it would no longer be about the word of God, but the church would have total control.

From experience, I have been to churches that straight out teach things not present in scripture by taking passages out of context ( my biggest pet peeve). I would never submit to a church before I would to God's word.

Church's may use the word of God, but they don't always teach what it actually says.

Rhology said...

As Dr Svendsen reminds us, if our private judgment is useless in matters of religion, etc, then any person's choice between a Prot, Romanist, or Eastern Heterodox church is useless.