I was reading today and I came across a paragraph by Martin Luther that said, to paraphrase:
The Pope doesn’t exclusively have the power to convene a council, because several councils were convened without his call to do so, begining with the Apostolic Council called in the book of Acts, and on to the Ecumenical Councils, and the Council of Nicea. Some councils were called by other bishops, some even called by the Emporer.
Can someone tell me how do answer such a charge? Basically, Luther was saying this because he felt that the right of the Pope was being used to defend the Pope against Coucils called against him, or something to that effect.