"The Preachers chiefly shall take heed that they teach nothing in their preaching, which they would have the people religiously to observe and believe, but that which is agreeable to the Doctrine of the Old Testament and the New, and that which the Catholick Fathers and Ancient Bishops have gathered out of that Doctrine." A proposed canon of Elizabeth I, 1571

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I am a presbyter in the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas (Anglican Church in North America). I serve as Chaplain at St. Vincent's School and as a canon of St. Vincent's Cathedral Church in Bedford, Texas. In addition to my parish duties and teaching Religion classes in the school I am also the Middle School Social Studies teacher.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Pope Benedict XVI on the Papacy

“In fact, the First Vatican Council had in no way defined the pope as an absolute monarch. On the contrary, it presents him as the guarantor of obedience to the revealed Word. The pope’s authority is bound to the Tradition of faith [.] … The authority of the pope is not unlimited; it is at the service of Sacred Tradition.”

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), The Spirit of the Liturgy (Ignatius Press: San Francisco, 2000, page 166).


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