[quote="ekk1, post:14, topic:284056"]
So Mr. Biden may excommunicate himself, or un-excommunicate himself at will.
"Truth", as it is used in the English language is the conformance of something with reality or actuality, which is a rather different definition than saying that it is a conformance which religious belief. as you suggest.
If the Church does not have the authority to "correct" Christ, and by that I assume that you mean to interpret what Christ says, then where is its role? I thought it had placed itself all these centuries as the mediator and interpreter of the bible. Is this not the argument against "sola scriptura" religions, such as some of the other Christian sects?
No, he can't "uncommunicate" himself. If he repents, he must go to Sacramental Confession.
Truth existed long before either the English language or someone trying to explain what it meant.
No, the Church has the authority, from Christ, to teach what He taught. It also has a guarantee from Him that it will never teach doctrinal error. With regard to interpretations, that's another matter. Interpretations from one language to another is always a dicey thing. Errors are made because in some cases, there is no "good" interpretation. That being said, the Church can certainly get the doctrine across in whatever language is necessary. We need not rely on ourselves to constantly reinvent the wheel when it comes to doctrine (like Protestants).
Keep this in mind... When Jesus walked the earth, He never wrote a book, nor did He command anyone else to write a book. He taught orally. He taught the Apostles for three years...orally. That oral teaching has been passed down from Jesus to the Apostles and their successors, the bishops, for almost 2000 years now. We call that oral teaching Sacred Tradition. It preceded the Bible and is equal in authority to the Bible.
Both Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture (the Bible) are expressions of the Word of God. The Word of God, strictly speaking, though, is not "something." It is Somebody, Jesus Christ. The beginning of the Gospel of St. John says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." It is talking about Jesus Christ here.
Jesus gave His authority to Peter (first Pope) and the Apostles (first bishops), and promised to remain with the Church till the end of the world, and to send the Holy Spirit to lead it "into all truth." The Church will still be standing tall when Jesus returns, because it is indefectibly holy. Not because of the Pope, the bishops, priests, or laity. But because it has, as its head, Jesus Christ. And, as its soul, the Holy Spirit.