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Why do many people try to compare the Church's Magisterium and the US Supreme Court. The Magisterium must uphold what GOD has revealed period, but the Supreme Court does not in reality have to uphold the Constitution (as some silly Republicans believe) It can vote away anything they don't want anymore as we are witnessing little by little. I guess this thinking is what John Courteney Murray introduced the Vatican 2 Council when he upheld that the American way was far superior to what the Church has dogmatized. The result look at the church today.
When the US Supreme Court gave themselves the power of "judicial review," (Marbury v. Madison) nine individuals gained the power to define what is constitutional, and what is not. Yes, there is some notion of "tradition," if we want to keep this analogy going, but stare decisis has been easily overturned. Compare the Bowers case with Lawrence v. Texas, Casey with Roe v. Wade, and so on. Such derives from "the evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society."
(06-28-2012, 11:00 AM)salus Wrote: [ -> ]Why do many people try to compare the Church's Magisterium and the US Supreme Court.


Because people mistakenly think the Magisterium is a group of men or the Pope himself.  It is a power, not a person.  They think the Masterium is the "Teaching Authorities" meaning the Churchmen themselves vs. "the teaching authority" of the Churchmen. 

Huge mistake which is causing huge trouble in the Catholic Church.