This may not be the right place, or right forum I apologize in advance if it’s not and if someone could point me to the right place I will happily move it there.
Though a non-Catholic I am reading through a bunch of Catholic books trying to understand more about it because I am dating a Catholic woman.
Reading through a lot of different things (one being Catholics for dummies.) The way that they described the pope was having the ultimate authority on interpreting and implementing the practices and viewpoints of the Catholic church. My understanding is that he is the ultimate authority on issues.
It seems very similar to an Independent Baptist view on a pastor of a church just on a global scale opposed to a single church scale.
Some references to popes authority and inability to judge him.
First Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution Pastor Aeternus
My understanding is that before the first Vatican Council cleaned up a lot of different beliefs that were held by different Catholics in regard to the Papacy and overruled some of the beliefs that could be held before it. For that reason, I look to it and writings that came after as the most accurate on the Papacy? I am sure there are many different ideas on it and I would welcome feedback as to what Catholics believe about it.
According to what I have read even if a pope goes insane and completely against what Catholics believe he has the authority to change the stance of the church on a lot of different things with almost no checks and balances in place.
I have been reading through the controversy with Pope Francis and talking with my girlfriend who is not a fan of his at all wondering how according to the teaching that I have read you can disagree with the pope who is supposed to guide the beliefs of the Catholic church. I have not found anywhere past the 1869 council where it showed you could denounce or judge The Popes office.
What all am I missing here?
Are you going against the Catholic faith not agreeing with the Pope?
It seems to be two-sided. If I were to say I agreed with abortion she would say it’s not Catholic and Catholics can’t be pro-abortion and still be in good standing with the Catholic church.
But if the Pope declared abortion as ok, would it not be against the Catholic church to say they were wrong for approving of it? Wouldn’t that leave me in bad standing with the Catholic church?