I was raised Catholic, but spent about 35 years as a protestant before coming back to the church. Consequently I picked up some views which may or may not be in line with Catholic thinking. This probably classifies me as a beginner in this area, so please be gentile
I’ve been thinking about what the differences are between Catholic and Jewish views of tradition. What I’m wondering about right now is the inspirational aspect. As I understand it, rabbis don’t claim any kind of inspiration, they simply see themselves as having been put in charge. It’s up to them to make good decisions about the practices allowed in Judaism, so they developed a “standardized” way of reasoning about it.
Catholics do claim inspiration in a limited sense. I don’t believe that extends to canon law, but that’s part of my question here. Let’s say I’m right about that for the sake of argument, to what extent then would canon law be authoritative?
In other words, if the only source of infallibility is the Pope speaking ex cathedra on matters of faith or morals, is canon law capable of question? Is it absolutely binding?
I hesitate to ask this question because I’m pretty sure I’ll be taken as an advocate for some kind of craziness or other, but that’s not what this is about.