Monday, March 01, 2010

No one can be right against the bishops

None of us desires or is able to dispute the will of the bishops ... I know that one must not be right against the bishops. One can be right only with the bishops, and through the bishops, for the Church has no other road for being in the right. The English have a saying: “My country – right or wrong.” With far more doctrinal justification we may say: my bishops – in certain concrete cases – right or wrong ... And if the bishops' conference adopts a decision which one or another of us thinks unjust, he will say: just or unjust, it is my Church, and I shall support the consequences of the decision to the end.

With apologies to Lev Davidovich Bronstein


Father Ray Blake, once an Internationale singerwon't be signing the petition. He does have a point.

It was Saint Ignatius of Antioch who told us, "be subject to the bishop and to one another as Jesus Christ was to the father".

And Saint Irenaeus, no less, who declared:

"It is necessary to obey those who are the presbyters in the Church, those who, as we have shown, have succession from the Apostles; those who have received, with the succession of the episcopate, the sure charism of truth according to the good pleasure of the Father."


Blogger Patricius said...

Well said! Spot on!

3/01/2010 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Antonio said...

"It must be observed, however, that if the faith were endangered, a subject ought to rebuke his prelate even publicly. Hence Paul, who was Peter's subject, rebuked him in public, on account of the imminent danger of scandal concerning faith, and, as the gloss of Augustine says on Galatians 2:11, "Peter gave an example to superiors, that if at any time they should happen to stray from the straight path, they should not disdain to be reproved by their subjects."

St. Thomas Aquinas

3/02/2010 5:34 AM  

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