Synodalist modernists make shocking extremist claims about the Papacy

A temporal infallibility of the Pope?

Read today in La Croix:

The First Vatican Council has confirmed on the Pope at the end of the 19th Century the power of an infallible monarch in spiritual and temporal matters.

(La Croix is the main Catholic newspaper of the post-Conciliar Church in France)

However, the First Vatican Council had only recognized in the Pope, under certain conditions, an infallibility in matters of faith and morals, not in temporal matters or even in the government of the Church (appointments, ecclesiastical organization , recognition or suppression of institutes, etc.). And all the more so since when the dogmatic Constitution Pastor Aternus was promulgated on July 18, 1870, the Papacy would soon lose the Papal States.

Let us re-read the dogmatic Constitution Pastor Aeternus:

Therefore, faithfully adhering to the tradition received from the beginning of the Christian faith, for the glory of God Our Savior, the exaltation of the Catholic Religion, and the salvation of Christian people, the Sacred Council approving, We teach and define that it is a divinely-revealed dogma: that the Roman Pontiff, when he speaks ex Cathedra, that is, when in discharge of the office of Pastor and Teacher of all Christians, by virtue of his supreme Apostolic authority, he defines a doctrine regarding faith or morals to be held by the Universal Church, by the divine assistance promised to him in blessed Peter, is possessed of that infallibility with which the divine Redeemer willed that His Church should be endowed for defining doctrine regarding faith or morals: and that therefore such definitions of the Roman Pontiff are irreformable of themselves, and not from the consent of the Church.


Cathcon:  This is a shocking error which shows exactly how the enemies of tradition are thinking.  Destroy tradition and fill the enormous gap left with the arbitrary power of a Dictator Pope.   Matters have moved quickly from a Papal Monarchy (Vicar of the King who is also Prophet and Priest), to a Presider in Love over the Churches to a Dictator in Heresy.

Pastor Aeternus also states a few paragraphs before:

And the Roman Pontiffs, according to the exigencies of times and circumstances, sometimes assembling Ecumenical Councils, or asking for the mind of the Church scattered throughout the world, sometimes by particular Synods, sometimes using other helps which Divine Providence supplied, defined as to be held those things which, with the help of God, they had recognized as conformable with the Sacred Scriptures and Apostolic Traditions. For the Holy Spirit was not promised to the successors of Peter that by His revelation they might make known new doctrine, but that by His assistance they might inviolably keep and faithfully expound the Revelation, the Deposit of Faith, delivered through the Apostles

It is all very well criticising traditionalists for their concerns about Vatican II.   A prerequisite for any discussion is that Catholics accept all the other Councils without reserve, otherwise synodalism is another word for hypocrisy.   Then see what remains of the authority of Vatican II.  But that is another discussion.


Popular Posts