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Old Feb 25, '12, 10:05 am
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Default Re: Apostolic Succession and the Authority of the Pope in Question

When I hear and see arguments surrounding the "Authority" of the Pope, manner of dress and so forth. I think that the person making the argument is approaching it from a worldly view instead of a spiritual view.

Ever heard the term "Trappings of the office"? - It generally refers to the "things" that go along with an office or position. But I often think that "Trappings" is an excellent descriptor for some of these things.

The papal office is a "trap" that many would just as soon avoid. Ratzinger wanted to be released by Pope JP II so he could return to teaching and writing. But JP II needed him nearby and so Cardinal Ratzinger ended up becoming Benedict XVI.

His life is not his own. His schedule, his responsibilities, the great burden that he carries means he has almost NO freedom. He is indeed, the servant of the servants of God...

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