I would ask him a question about why he doesn’t see something the way I do and ask him to explain. Then I would stop him before he could respond and defer to his authority because he is the pope. I don’t pretend to have any insight that the pope doesn’t have. Unless our Holy Father asked for my opinion, I would never give it. However, in the hypothetical given, I would ask the pope how to refute Sola Scriptura in the most concise and effective way possible. I would ask for his support, I would not challenge him. Have a great day!
Food for thought, and it is best not to start an arguement on this thread, but the Church has spoken on the matter, has it not occurred to you that God is the One guiding the Church to the decision? If you start a new thread on the subject, there are indeed very powerful arguments against female priests.
If I were allowed to ask the Pope a question, I think I would just ask him to start talking whichever mystery of the faith he is most passionate about. Then I would just sit back and listen. Be it the Trinity, the Eucharist, the Incarnation, etc, I’m sure that it would be fascinating to hear what he would have to say.
Do you realize what it is that you are saying? The Church has already declared infallibly that only men can be priests. If you say it is an evil, are you not saying that you do not believe in the the infallible pronouncements of the Magisterium?
Can you then call yourself Catholic? We are not free to cherry-pick our faith. I left Protestantism partly because of this very issue.
The Pope certainly has the power to command – things like celebacy of the priesthood and abstaining from meat on certain days are commands of the Church.
If every priest and bishop had to spend one day a year praying the rosary at an abortion clinic – and brought their flocks with them – it would have a dramatic impact, both on the Church and on the nation.
If we saw Catholic schools for what they are – both seedbeds for the Church and the only true Social Justice program we have (that is, by educating the children we change and improve society) we would be moving heaven and earth to expand our Catholic school system, not letting it die on the vine.
Every child deserves a first class education. But few get it – a recent study showed the combined highschool dropout rate for our 50 largest cities approaches 50%.
Want to end poverty, take a bite out of crime, strengthen our ecomomy, and generally make life better? Educate those children!
Ill tar ever Pope with this brush from the past until the second coming of Christ… they…we… are all HUMAN!
A Pope can be wrong. Ranging from a simple well meaning mistake to just …welll… plain dodgyness.
Past “errors” should show that things can go off kilter. Im not going to drag them up, we all know them. Obey God! Listen to the Pope, but let a honest conscience sift right from wrong.
God speaks to you in the silence.
Anywho, as a previous poster stated… lets keep this topic for another more suitable thread. Otherwise it could well highjack this topic, brilliant though it is.
Another topic I’d love to here the Pope talk on is the Eucharist. Its nature, reasons for and against other view points, protestant or otherwise…
Ahh, the conceit that the present is somehow superior to the past, married to the conceit that we can judge the past more wisely than the present or future.
Hold the present to the standards of the past and it is we who will be judged wanting, particularly when the past we refer to is the Apostolic Age.
I would ask the Pope, that poor human Vicar of Christ on Earth, how to deal with the overwhelming arrogance of this secular age, where every man and woman believes themselves to be Pope, prophet, or Paraclete.
Why can’t we have a uniform age established for reception of sacraments of initiation, and why should it not be, for infants, asap after birth, and for all, at the same time as baptism? If you don’t plan to change the disparity in different countries in different dioceses of the same country, can you please help us poor DREs explain the disparity to parents on theological grounds? Can we please get a uniform theology of confirmation? we would of course be sampling the beer at the Hofbrau House as we discussed the matter.