So Randy kicked me out of his Royal Steward thread.
Randy is arguing the interpretation of Peter as the Royal Steward alluring to the passage we find in Isaiah 22:20-22 and the passages we find in the New Testament in relation to said passage in Luke 1:31-33 and Matthew 16:13-19.
In common Catholic apologetic argumentation, Randy is using these passages to support the authority of the Pope (Bishop of Rome) and to support the doctrine of infallibility of the Bishop of Rome in order to faithfully serve as the Royal Steward.
On that same thread I brought the following issues:
*] What is the definition of the Royal Steward?
*] What authority does the Royal Steward have?
*] What has been the Royal Steward’s role in Church history?
*] Can the Royal Steward be above the laws set forth by the Church (Ecumenical Councils)?
I was asked to not bring these issues up on that thread and to start a new thread. And so here it is.
In Catholicism, theology is referred to as a three-legged stool. The legs being: Sacred Scriptures, Sacred Tradition, Teaching Office (Magisterium). The principle being that they can’t contradict one another and that they are in harmony with one another. We’ll see how that works out.
*]Sacred Scriptures are referred to as the Catholic Canon – closed at the Council of Trent (1545-1563 AD), in response to the Protestant Reformation. There was no official Catholic Church stance in regards to a close canon, but a discipline and a practice of the books that were to be used. The consensus and the Pope historically support the same canon we have today but there was no closing of the Canon as set forth until Trent.
*]Sacred Tradition is to be understood as the Tradition handed down from the Apostles. This could be directly or indirectly (meaning that it is developed from the deposit of faith). Sunday Worship, Trinitarian formulas and doctrines, Ecumenical Church Councils are some examples of Sacred Tradition.
*]Teaching Office (Magisterium), refers to the Church’s leaders, Bishops, Priests, Deacons and the teachings consistent with the Whole Church, Ecumenical Councils are also a teaching office, the highest expression where the Church’s leadership gathers to define articles of the faith. Each province may vary in this teaching office as long as it doesn’t go against Sacred Scriptures and Sacred Tradition. For example: rites, disciplines, practices.
I just want to give a brief introduction to these concepts so we are on the same page. If you wish to discuss them, please start a new thread and I’ll be happy to join it.
Now the common argument is that the Catholic Church is the Church Jesus founded. Since that is the case, it means that this same Church is then bound by the historical Church – meaning Her Ecumenical Councils.
Another common argumentation is that the Pope sits in Peter’s Chair since the beginning and that He has always been the leader of the Church. What we don’t often see, is how this leader exercises the power of said position throughout history. IOW, the practice of the Church Universal in relation to Her leader, and vice versa. Truth is that there have been drastic changes in the power of the Bishop of Rome after the Great Schism. This to be expected since the Western was Latin even before the schism.
To this effect, I will present some articles and canons from the first seven ecumenical councils. The reason for this is that in order to show the full practice of the Church, we need to take into consideration the facts before the Great Schism (~1054 AD).
To be continued: