The Eastern Churches and St. Thomas Aquinas
(02-12-2012, 08:18 AM)Melkite Wrote:
(02-12-2012, 02:48 AM)su Wrote:
(02-11-2012, 07:42 PM)Melkite Wrote:
(02-11-2012, 03:26 PM)TrentCath Wrote: Or the Holy Father may just refuse to approve the decision and choose his own candiate, and it is not for me or you for that matter to say that they will automatically be imprudent, indeed it may often be the right thing to do.

Of course he can, and it is never automatically imprudent, however we certainly can question it.  If he were to reject a decision merely for the sake of doing so and choosing someone else, for no better reason than to flex his muscles, that would rightly be defined as imprudent.

And objecting merely because one finds it scandalous he has authority and exercises it would be disobedience and pride.

It goes both ways.

Yes. If one objected merely because they don't like the Pope having that authority, you're right.  However if he objects on principle because the bishops could have made the election on their own, and the Pope intervened without good reason, and this can be reasonably certain, there would be nothing arrogant about that. 

Why the nitpicking?  It seems the West may be jealous of the autonomy granted the East...

Lol.

I wonder though if there is some Western defensiveness going on here.

Why should the Pope intervene in selection of bishops if there is no problem?

To take a different situation: does anyone think the pope should appoint pastors of parishes instead of leaving it to bishops?  He has that authority, but that's a bad idea.
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