Saturday, July 23, 2011

Say What You Will About Collegiality...

Sandro Magister makes a compelling argument in favor of "that power of governance which only the pope can give" — China. On the Powers of the Bishops, the Council Saw Far Ahead.

It was the Second Vatican Council that "established that without the papal mandate, they cannot govern the dioceses," Mr. Magister informs us. "The young Ratzinger was against it at the time, but soon changed his mind. It is thanks to that norm that today, as pope, he is disarming the illegitimate bishops. And defusing the schism."

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OpenID kuiwon said...

I am not against the very act of the state choosing bishops. States in the past have done so (e.g., Habsburgs got to pick the Archbishop of Venice). Some saints were picked by popular will (Sts Ambrose and Augustine).

State intervention may have protected the lives of children in the US from bishops who simply transferred pedophile priests from parish to parish.

Ideally, it should be the state and Rome agreeing on bishop positions.

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