Criticizing the Pope
#51
This part of St. Francis de Sales' Catholic Controversy is a really great summary of papal authority including when the Pope can err and, when he does, how he should be criticized.
http://www.goodcatholicbooks.org/francis...HAPTER_XIV

Essentially he can err in matters of "human fact" and "extra cathedram, outside the chair of Peter, that is, as a private individual, by writings and bad example." When he does, he can be criticized "with all reverence, submission, and discretion," but not with " invectives, railings, outrages," or "calumnies, insults, detraction, ridicule, and buffoonery."  Anyway, the whole thing is a good read on papal authority, especially papal infallibility.

It's good to remember too that when speaking of others' sins and failings we should have a just reason.  It's one thing if your neighbor witnesses or has knowledge of some bad word or deed of another and may be scandalized (ie may be led to sin) and you point out the sinfulness of that bad word or deed to save the other from sin.  It's another just to complain about that person's sin to your neighbor just so they know the person is sinful or whatever.

We live in a unique situation where high profile figures like the Pope have their every word and action broadcast around the world.  The benefit of a good example is magnified, but so is the harm of a bad one.  We also have the means to communicate far and wide--our "neighbor" is not just in our town anymore.  I think in some ways we're still figuring out how these principles are best put into action given these circumstances, but suffice it to say a just criticism can be more widespread if the reason for it is also more widespread.
Reply


Messages In This Thread
Criticizing the Pope - by VoxClamantis - 03-02-2016, 06:31 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by PrairieMom - 03-02-2016, 07:25 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by Trad Catholic27 - 03-02-2016, 07:37 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by dcmaccabees - 03-02-2016, 07:48 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by Dominicus - 03-02-2016, 07:59 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by Renatus Frater - 03-02-2016, 08:02 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by Eric F - 03-02-2016, 09:51 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by Sir Charles Napier - 03-02-2016, 10:06 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by Truecharity - 03-02-2016, 10:53 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by VoxClamantis - 03-03-2016, 12:08 AM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by Oldavid - 03-03-2016, 12:50 AM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by richgr - 03-03-2016, 01:14 AM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by DeoDuce - 03-03-2016, 02:04 AM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by Truecharity - 03-03-2016, 03:29 AM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by VoxClamantis - 03-03-2016, 04:49 AM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by Renatus Frater - 03-03-2016, 05:56 AM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by Oldavid - 03-03-2016, 06:16 AM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by Renatus Frater - 03-03-2016, 07:30 AM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by dcmaccabees - 03-03-2016, 01:56 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by dcmaccabees - 03-03-2016, 02:06 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by J Michael - 03-03-2016, 02:10 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by AugustineNYC - 03-03-2016, 02:13 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by dcmaccabees - 03-03-2016, 02:19 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by AugustineNYC - 03-03-2016, 02:53 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by dcmaccabees - 03-03-2016, 03:00 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by ermy_law - 03-03-2016, 03:26 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by Trad Catholic27 - 03-03-2016, 03:30 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by dcmaccabees - 03-03-2016, 03:34 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by J Michael - 03-03-2016, 03:37 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by J Michael - 03-03-2016, 03:43 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by ermy_law - 03-03-2016, 03:49 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by dcmaccabees - 03-03-2016, 04:08 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by dcmaccabees - 03-03-2016, 04:22 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by J Michael - 03-03-2016, 04:25 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by ermy_law - 03-03-2016, 04:35 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by dcmaccabees - 03-03-2016, 04:36 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by J Michael - 03-03-2016, 04:43 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by dcmaccabees - 03-03-2016, 04:51 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by dcmaccabees - 03-03-2016, 04:56 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by ermy_law - 03-03-2016, 05:03 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by dcmaccabees - 03-03-2016, 05:16 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by Dominicus - 03-03-2016, 05:41 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by ermy_law - 03-03-2016, 06:32 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by Renatus Frater - 03-03-2016, 06:46 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by dcmaccabees - 03-03-2016, 06:51 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by AugustineNYC - 03-03-2016, 07:53 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by VoxClamantis - 03-03-2016, 09:23 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by Rattle-N-Hum - 03-04-2016, 12:26 AM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by Dominicus - 03-04-2016, 01:38 AM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by VoxClamantis - 03-04-2016, 04:13 AM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by SaintSebastian - 03-04-2016, 10:27 AM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by Rattle-N-Hum - 03-04-2016, 10:39 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by Oldavid - 03-06-2016, 09:11 AM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by austenbosten - 03-06-2016, 10:06 AM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by Oldavid - 03-06-2016, 10:30 AM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by VoxClamantis - 03-06-2016, 12:13 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by Oldavid - 03-06-2016, 01:15 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by knish - 03-06-2016, 02:35 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by VoxClamantis - 03-07-2016, 08:52 AM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by maso - 03-07-2016, 09:36 AM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by J Michael - 03-07-2016, 01:43 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by maso - 03-07-2016, 06:42 PM
Re: Criticizing the Pope - by J Michael - 03-07-2016, 07:09 PM



Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)