"The Vatican" versus "The Church": Your experience?
This is just sinking in. No one in the day when referring to the Vatican meant the teaching authority. the Vatican was the city, and it was the things which went on concerning world politics and the machinations of the Cardinals, Bishops, and priests.

Before the cataclysm if something came down from the Pope as a teaching, it went to the Bishop. He digested it with the help of his aids. Then he'd issue a letter to each parish, instructing them on what to say and what to do, and there was no ad libing.

No one confused the teaching authority with the city of the Vatican, so this is from after Vatican II.

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