Forgive me, I am Baptist and haven’t been to RCIA / RCIC class yet (but I am signed up). I’ve already been through a lot of junk getting across the Tiber. Why do y’all call it the Tiber anyway?
Thank you bwv 1080: for pointing out something. That “Mary Ann Collins, A Former Catholic Nun” admits that she was “a postulant and a novice” and did not make her vows. Mary Collins own testimony seems to make one thing very clear: that she had an excellent and very wise mother superior. It really means that I don’t need to scrutinize everything to see what the truth is. But I did start to look into one of her claims and here are my thoughts.
Isaiah 22:22 says “I will place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; when he opens, no one shall shut, when he shuts, no one shall open.”
I suppose everybody posting here lives in an apartment or house with doors. We open and close the same doors. Some have locks and some do not. If it is your own home, you know that you must live with your own decisions.
Sometimes you feel like having a door open, and at other times perhaps you shut the door.
Chapter 2 of anothersideofcatholicism argues:
“There are infallible doctrinal declarations that contradict one another. Therefore, the doctrine of infallibility is not valid.”
In my home, if I open a door then later shut the same door, would somebody else come to me and demand that I give up the keys? Would it cease to be my house?
In like wise, the Pope is the vicar of Christ. He is the servant of servants. God love our good Pope who has such a tender heart for us all. And God love Pope John Paul (the first). I’m old enough to remember rejoicing in him (even though I wasn’t Catholic then). It even seemed to me that his body must have failed him because he was too full of love for the Church and for God.
I don’t know if infallible declarations were ever contradictory, but if they ever were I don’t see it as a problem – just go with the latest infallible declaration. It is the Pope’s moral obligation to lead the Church as we all follow God. Although God has not changed, our world has often changed drastically. Perhaps there too much of a burden on the Pope if he thinks he must be consistent to all infallible declarations over the 2,000 years. Sure, matters of faith are rock solid because God has not changed. But in my opinion, a Pope may reverse an infallible declaration regarding the Church’s relationship to man, society and governments. For example, most countries are no longer ruled by Kings such as in the Middle Ages.
Well, I see now also that the original link to anothersideofcatholicism includes a banned topic (Chapter 2).
I hope this thread becomes locked because much of the argument is sedevacantist.