Brandon Vogt just posted a repose on the article’s page. It’s right on. Here’s my stab at it:
“ . . .with one act of humility after another, Pope Francis has proven he’s willing to break with tradition. “ Um, humility is the calling card of our Founder, Jesus Christ! So of course, those acting in persona Christi act with the same humility.
“Like any of us, Pope Francis can only be humble—truly humble—if he first attributes to God “the supreme honor, praise, prerogatives, rights, privileges, worship, devotion, authority, submission, and obedience that He alone deserves.” To the best of my knowledge, this man’s entire life has been spend attributing glory, honor, praise, worship, devotion, submission and obedience to God.
“Yet Roman Catholic doctrine, and especially doctrine related to the papacy, steals from . . . “ Cite a source, please? “Steals” seems like a harsh and inappropriate word.
The Vicar of Christ
“The Pope claims to be Christ’s representative on earth, left here to rule the Church.” Then the author doesn’t understand that the Pope doesn’t “rule” but serve and love the Church as Christ did . . . .willing to lay down his life for Her . . . and he acts in persona Christi (as do all priests) by Christ’s own authority. This in no way “demeans” the Spirit. Does it “demean” the left hand when one writes with the right? Still, it’s not a question of “authority” as it is service.
The paragraph on “Infallibility” had me laughing at the irony! The line about “replacing the Holy Spirit of God with a structure of man’s making” – geesh! The Catholic Church was created by God but every Protestant Church was manmade. Of course, the Bible itself was compiled by none other than the Catholic Church so I find it funny that authors try to use it “against” us. They took it from us and deleted books! Anyway, as Catholics, we have a living Faith based not on a Book alone, but on a living God. Men were not the founders for us; God was and is. Papal infallibility is not the “capstone of the entire denial of sola scriptura.” Rather, it is the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to know that if God intended sola scriptura, it surely would have been spelled out someplace in the Bible!
The paragraph called “The Upholder of Doctrine” mentions the Protestors’ belief in faith alone. As the author believes in sola scriptura, surely he can cite a Biblical source for his belief in faith alone? No, he can’t – like sola scriptura, it is not in Scripture – the “handbook” he believes will answer all of his questions obviously comes up short. He also mentions “unbiblical doctrine that necessitated” the Protestant Revolt. That has been and is still being contested. Many believe it was not doctrine, but ego of those like Luther who started their own churches that caused the problem.
His Holiness Pope Francis, the Vicar of Christ, is rightly called by the titles we use. As a man who devoted his whole life to Christ thru vows of obedience and celibacy and work in the Church, I don’t understand how anyone can doubt his genuine love for God in his fellow man.
As an aside, I have a brother who is anti-Catholic, anti-life, and kinda radical. . . I can’t “unfriend” him without causing problems, so I changed it so I don’t get his posts in my daily feed. It helps a ton not to see the junk he spews.