Wednesday, May 26, 2010

On the Primacy of the Pope

Bust of Pope John Paul II in St. John's chapel at St. Michael's Cathedral.

Do not some of them say that if it were not for the primacy of the Pope, the reunion of the separated churches with the Catholic Church would be easy?  We beg the separated brethren to consider the inconsistency of this position, not only in that, without the Pope the Catholic Church would no longer be Catholic, but also because, without the supreme, efficacious and decisive pastoral office of Peter the unity of the Church of Christ would utterly collapse.        – Pope Paul VI

1 comment:

  1. "If only we could all agree to disagree! Then we'd all agree!"

    I would reply "Ex falso quodlibet", only I'm not sure that it's properly idiomatic.