I was just randomly thinking of this and I couldn’t find anything addressing this regarding the authority given to the Apostles and specifically the power of the Pope. Two things related to the Pope’s power: first, when the Pope canonizes someone, that person is certain to be in Heaven, so why can’t the Pope technically just canonize everyone, and then everyone would be in Heaven? Because whatever the Church binds on earth shall be in heaven, right? Second, more temporally speaking regarding the administration of the Church, and given the struggles from “liberal” and “conservatives” in every successive Papacy, the Pope has the power to put whoever he wants in positions of power, over dioceses and also in the Curia; aside from the logistical nightmare, couldn’t a newly elected Pope technically just strip all bishops throughout the world of their diocese, same thing in the Curia, and then reappoint those who agreed with him to every post to avoid conflict?
Obviously this is not really a logical action to take like I said from an administrative or logistical standpoint, but the point is simply that it could technically be done, and I’m surprised in previous eras when the Church was much smaller that this wasn’t done. I mean, when you’re the Pope and you have that power, why would you want to deal with bishops who didn’t agree with your agenda or the emphasis of your Papacy.
Anyway, granted, they are kind of far-fetched scenarios, but wanted to hear some thoughts on this. Thanks!