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Laws of Previous Pontiffs Do Not Become Obsolete if Not Expressly Confirmed by Successors

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National Churches May Not Be Separate from the Authority of the Roman Pontiff

Necessity of a Teaching Authority

Necessity of Union With the Roman Pontiff

No Authority Not Emanating From the Holy See / Christ

Obedience / Disobedience / Assent

The Papacy is Indestructible / Perpetual

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Papal Election / Conclave

Papal Legates

Papal Primacy

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Popes Are Infallible, Not Impeccable

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Praise of the Papacy

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Preservation of Truth / Unity

The Roman Curia

The Roman Rota

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Rome / Italy / The Vatican

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Speaking Properly of the Holy Roman Church

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Those Who Condemn or Judge Dogmas / Decrees of the Apostolic See

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Against Transfer of the Pontificate to Another Bishop or City

Error CONDEMNED by Pope Pius IX in the Syllabus of Errors: "There is nothing to forbid that by the vote of a General Council or by the action of all peoples the Supreme Pontificate be transferred from the Roman Bishop and The City to another bishopric and another city." (Pope Pius IX, This proposition was condemned in the Syllabus of Errors, Dec. 8, 1864 A.D.)

Also See: The Church is Not a Democracy | The Church Rests on St. Peter | Necessity of Union With the Roman Pontiff | Papal Primacy / Supremacy | Papal Supremacy / Councils | Rome | Unlawful to Make Recourse Against the Roman Pontiff to an Ecumenical Council | Vatican Facts

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All Should Agree With the Holy See

"For it behooves all the rest because of her superior principality to agree with her; in her do all the faithful of whatsoever place preserve ever pure the faith once preached to them. Great and venerable above all others because of her antiquity, known to all, founded by Peter and Paul, the two most glorious of the apostles, her bishops are, by their succession, the channel whereby apostolic tradition is transmitted to us in all its integrity: in such sort, that whatsoever differs from her in his belief, by this fact alone stands confounded." (St. Irenaeus, disciple of St. Polycarp - a disciple of St. John the Apostle, 2nd Century A.D.)

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Authority of the Church

"It is the Catholic Church, and the Catholic Church only, that acts as did Jesus Christ and offers an adequate object to reason and faith alike. For, first, it is evident that if Christ intended His revelation to last through all time, He must have designated a means by which it should last, an authority that should declare and preserve it as He Himself delivered it. And next, it is evident that since the Catholic Church alone even claims that prerogative, clearly and coherently, her right to represent that authority is in proportion to the clearness and coherence of her claim. Or, again, she advances in support of that claim precisely those same credentials as did He: she points to her miracles, her achievements, the fulfillment of prophecy, the unity of her teaching, the appeal to men's moral sense - all of them appeals to reason, and appeals which lead up, as did His to the supreme claim, which He also made, to demand an act of faith in herself as a divine teacher." (Benson)

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Cardinals / Papal Legates

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The Church is Not a Democracy

"Contrary to Modernist belief, the Church is not a democracy in which the Pope derives his mandate from the people, or has the duty to proclaim as Catholic teaching whatever a majority of them cares to believe." (Davies)

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Duties of the Faithful to the Holy See

"If a man does not want to be a heretic or to be called a heretic, let him hasten before all things to be in communion with the Roman See" (St. Maximus of Constantinople)

"Dear son, I admonish thee that thou be ever devoted to the Church of Rome, and to the sovereign Bishop our father, that is the Pope, and that thou bear him reverence and honor as thou oughtest to do to thy spiritual father." (St. Louis, King of France)

"If there be but one fold, it is because there is but one Shepherd. Let us, then, honor Peter's divine prerogative, to which Christianity owes its preservation; and let us often reflect upon the obligations we are under to the apostolic see." (Gueranger)

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Election of a Pope

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Enemies of the Papacy

"But against the apostolic see and the Roman Pontiff the contention of these enemies [Freemasons] has been for a long time directed. The Pontiff was first, for specious reasons, thrust out from the bulwark of his liberty and of his right, the civil princedom; soon, he was unjustly driven into a condition which was unbearable because of the difficulties raised on all sides; and now the time has come when the partisans of the sects openly declare, what in secret among themselves they have for a long time plotted, that the sacred power of the Pontiffs must be abolished, and that the papacy itself, founded by divine right, must be utterly destroyed. If other proofs were wanting, this fact would be sufficiently disclosed by the testimony of men well informed, of whom some at other times, and others again recently, have declared it to be true of the Freemasons that they especially desire to assail the Church with irreconcilable hostility, and that they will never rest until they have destroyed whatever the supreme Pontiffs have established for the sake of religion." (Pope Leo XIII, "Humanum Genus", 1884)

Also See: History | Italy | Obedience / Disobedience / Assent | Those Who Condemn or Judge Dogmas / Decrees of the Apostolic See | Freemasonry / Secret Societies (Reflections) | Non-Catholics Section (apologetics)

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Go to Peter

"O thou soul that hungerest after God, go to Peter, think not otherwise to appease thy cravings...take care, thou also, not to turn God's Vicar into an obstacle in thy path. Jesus longs for the blissful meeting, even as thou dost; be certain, therefore that what he places between these and himself, on the way, is no obstacle but a help." (Liturgical Year)

Also See: All Should Agree With the Holy See | The Church Rests on St. Peter | Duties of the Faithful to the Holy See | Necessity of Union With the Roman Pontiff | Obedience / Disobedience / Assent | Papal Solicitude | Those Who Wander From the Apostolic See Wander From the Church | The Visible Church

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History

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Infallibility

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The Lateran

"[J]ust as the Pope is to all of us our first and our own pastor, so his church of the Lateran is our own church; whatever concerns it cannot, or at least should not, be a matter of indifference to the faithful." (Liturgical Year)

Also See: Rome / Italy / The Vatican | Vatican Facts

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Laws of Previous Pontiffs Do Not Become Obsolete if Not Expressly Confirmed by Successors

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"It was truly absurd to maintain that the laws of previous Pontiffs become obsolete, if they are not confirmed expressly by one's successors" (Pope Leo XII, "Quo Graviora", 1826)

Also See: The Papacy is Indestructible / Perpetual | Infallibility | Authority of the Church | Necessity of a Teaching Authority | Obedience / Disobedience / Assent | Papal Solicitude | Popes as Preservers of Tradition / Against New Doctrines | Preservation of Truth / Unity | Vatican Facts

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National Churches May Not Be Separate from the Authority of the Roman Pontiff

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Error CONDEMNED by Pope Pius IX in the Syllabus of Errors: "National churches can be established which are exempt and completely separated from the authority of the Roman Pontiff." (Pope Pius IX, This proposition was condemned in the Syllabus of Errors, Dec. 8, 1864 A.D.)

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Necessity of Union With the Roman Pontiff

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No Authority Not Emanating From the Holy See / Christ

"Every Pastor whose authority emanates not from the See of Rome is a stranger to us, and an intruder. So likewise, in the order of our Faith, Jesus Christ by Peter, and Peter by his successor, teach us divine doctrine, and how to distinguish truth from error. Every Symbol of Faith, every doctrinal judgement, every teaching, contrary to the Symbol and judgements and teachings of the See of Rome, is of man, and not of God, and must be rejected, hated, and anathematized." (Gueranger)

"[St. Francis de Sales] proves that no authority can be said to exist in the Church of Christ unless it had been bestowed on her by an authoritative mandate, which mandate the ministers of heretical beliefs in no way can be said to possess." (Pope Pius XI, "Rerum Omnium Perturbationem", 1923)

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Obedience / Disobedience / Assent

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The Papacy is Indestruct

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Papal Duties / Concerns

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Papal Primacy / Supremacy

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Papal Solicitude

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Popes as Preservers of Tradition / Against New Doctrines

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"The Holy Spirit was not promised to the successor of Peter that by the revelation of the Holy Spirit they might disclose new doctrine, but that by His help they might guard sacredly the revelation transmitted through the Apostles and the deposit of faith, and might faithfully set it forth." (Vatican Council I)

Error CONDEMNED by Pope Pius IX in the Syllabus of Errors: "The Roman Pontiff can, and ought to, reconcile himself, and come to terms with progress, liberalism and modern civilization." (Pope Pius IX, This proposition was condemned in the Syllabus of Errors, Dec. 8, 1864 A.D.)

Error CONDEMNED by Pope St. Pius X in Lamentabili: "The organic constitution of the Church is not immutable; but Christian society, just as human society, is subject to perpetual evolution.'" (Pope St. Pius X, This proposition was condemned in "Lamentabili", 1907 A.D.)

"For the Church of Christ, watchful guardian that she is, and defender of the dogmas deposited with her, never changes anything, never diminishes anything, never adds anything to them; but with all diligence she treats the ancient documents faithfully and wisely; if they really are of ancient origin and if the faith of the Fathers has transmitted them, she strives to investigate and explain them in such a way that the ancient dogmas of heavenly doctrine will be made evident and clear, but will retain their full, integral, and proper nature, and will grow only within their own genus - that is, within the same dogma, in the same sense and the same meaning." (Pope Pius IX, "Ineffabilis Deus", 1854)

"For the teaching authority of the Church, which in the divine wisdom was constituted on earth in order that revealed doctrines might remain intact forever, and that they might be brought with ease and security to the knowledge of men, and which is daily exercised through the Roman Pontiff and the Bishops who are in communion with him, has also the office of defining, when it sees fit, any truth with solemn rites and decrees, whenever this is necessary either to oppose the errors or the attacks of heretics, or more clearly and in greater detail to stamp the minds of the faithful with the articles of sacred doctrine which have been explained. But in the use of this extraordinary teaching authority no newly invented matter is brought in, nor is anything new added to the number of those truths which are at least implicitly contained in the deposit of Revelation, divinely handed down to the Church: only those which are made clear which perhaps may still seem obscure to some, or that which some have previously called into question is declared to be of faith." (Pope Pius XI, "Mortalium Animos", 1928)

Also See: Preservation of Truth / Unity | Against Human 'Progress' in Religion (Coming Home Reflections) | Against Modernism / Novelty (Latin Mass & Catholic Tradition Reflections) | The Church is Not a Democracy | Infallibility | Necessity of a Teaching Authority | Obedience / Disobedience / Assent | The Papacy is Indestructible / Perpetual | Papal Duties / Concerns | Papal Primacy / Supremacy | Vatican Facts | Latin Mass / Catholic Tradition Section

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Praise of the Papacy

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"[T]he Papacy was always the guide, defense, and safety of Catholic peoples" (Pope Leo XIII, "Spesse Volte", 1898 A.D.)

"Be thou blessed, O divine Shepherd! For thy having thus provided for the necessities of thy fold, which could not be one, were it to have many shepherds without one supreme shepherd. In obedience to thy command, we bow down before Peter, with love and submission; we respectfully kiss his sacred feet; for it is by him that we are united to thee; it is by him that we are thy sheep." (Gueranger)

"Again, if We consider the achievements of the see of Rome, what can be more wicked than to deny how much and how well the Roman bishops have served civilized society at large? For Our predecessors, to provide for the peoples' good, encountered struggles of every kind, endured to the utmost burdensome toils, and never hesitated to expose themselves to most dangerous trials. With eyes fixed on heaven, they neither bowed down their head before the threats of the wicked, nor allowed themselves to be led by flattery or bribes into unworthy compliance. This apostolic chair it was that gathered and held together the crumbling remains of the old order of things; this was the kindly light by whose help the culture of Christian times shone far and wide; this was an anchor of safety in the fierce storms by which the human race has been convulsed; this was the sacred bond of union that linked together nations distant in region and differing in character; in short, this was a common center from which was sought instruction in faith and religion, no less than guidance and advice for the maintenance of peace and the functions of practical life. In very truth it is the glory of the supreme Pontiffs that they steadfastly set themselves up as a wall and a bulwark to save human society from falling back into its former superstition and barbarism." (Pope Leo XIII, "Inscrutabili Dei Consilio", 1878)

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Prayers For the Pope

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"[L]et your prayer be the surest proof of your love for Us" (Pope Pius VI, "Inscrutabile", 1775)

"Pray.. Pray a great deal for the Holy Father." (Bl. Jacinta, Fatima Seer)

"[T]he person of Jesus Christ is represented by the Supreme Pontiff, who in turn must call on others to share much of his solicitude lest he be overwhelmed by the burden of his pastoral office, and must be helped daily by the prayers of the Church." (Pope Pius XII, "Mystici Corporis Christi", 1943)

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The Roman Curia

"Can. 360 The Supreme Pontiff usually conducts the affairs of the universal Church through the Roman Curia which performs its function in his name and by his authority for the good and service of the churches. The Roman Curia consists of the Secretariat of State or the Papal Secretariat, the Council for the Public Affairs of the Church, congregations, tribunals, and other institutes; the constitution and competence of all these are defined in special law." (1983 Code of Canon Law)

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The Roman Rota

"Can. 1405 §3 It is reserved to the Roman Rota to judge: 1° Bishops in contentious cases, without prejudice to can. 1419 §2; 2° the Abbot primate or the Abbot superior of a monastic congregation, and the supreme Moderator of a religious institute of pontifical right; 3° dioceses and other ecclesiastical persons, physical or juridical, which have no Superior other than the Roman Pontiff." (1983 Code of Canon Law)

"Can. 1443 The Roman Rota is the ordinary tribunal established by the Roman Pontiff to receive appeals." (1983 Code of Canon Law)

"Can. 1444 The Roman Rota judges: 1° in second instance, cases which have been judged by ordinary tribunals of first instance and have been referred to the Holy See by a lawful appeal; 2° in third or further instance, cases which have been processed by the Roman Rota itself or by any other tribunal, unless there is question of an adjudged matter. §2 This tribunal also judges in first instance the cases mentioned in can. 1405 §3, and any others which the Roman Pontiff, either on his own initiative or at the request of the parties, has reserved to his tribunal and has entrusted to the Roman Rota. These cases are judged by the Rota also in second or further instances, unless the rescript entrusting the task provides otherwise." (1983 Code of Canon Law)

"Can. 1445 §1 The supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura hears: 1° plaints of nullity, petitions for total reinstatement and other recourses against rotal judgements; 2° recourses in cases affecting the status of persons, which the Roman Rota has refused to admit to a new examination; 3° exceptions of suspicion and other cases against Auditors of the Roman Rota by reason of things done in the exercise of their office; 4° the conflicts of competence mentioned in can. 1416. §2 This same Tribunal deals with controversies which arise from an act of ecclesiastical administrative power, and which are lawfully referred to it. It also deals with other administrative controversies referred to it by the Roman Pontiff or by departments of the Roman Curia, and with conflicts of competence among these departments. §3 This Supreme Tribunal is also competent: 1° to oversee the proper administration of justice and, should the need arise, to take notice of advocates and procurators; 2° to extend the competence of tribunals; 3° to promote and approve the establishment of the tribunals mentioned in cann. 1423 and 1439." (1983 Code of Canon Law)

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Rome / Italy / The Vatican

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Sacred Scripture / The Magisterium 

Error CONDEMNED by Pope St. Pius X in Lamentabili: "'The magisterium of the Church, even by dogmatic definitions, cannot determine the genuine sense of the Sacred Scriptures." (Pope St. Pius X, This proposition was condemned in "Lamentabili", 1907 A.D.)

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Speaking Properly of the Holy Roman Church

"It would be proper for you to speak of the Holy, Roman and Apostolic Church with moderation and with no vehemence against her, for Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, addressing her as was fitting said, 'Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it: and I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven.' She thus has the power, given to her alone, of opening and closing the gates of the kingdom of heaven to whom she will." (Pope St. Julius I)

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"If anyone condemns dogmas, mandates, interdicts, sanctions or decrees, promulgated by the one presiding in the Apostolic See, for the Catholic faith, for the correction of the faithful, for the emendation of criminals, either by an interdict of threatening or of future ills, let him be anathema." (Roman Council, 863 A.D.)

"By passing judgment on the Supreme See, upon which it is lawful for no man to pass judgment, you incur anathema from all the Fathers of all the venerable Councils." (Pope St. Leo IX)

"It is evident that the judgment of the Apostolic See, than which there is no authority greater, may be rejected by no one, nor is it lawful for anyone to pass judgement on its judgement." (Pope Nicholas I, 9th century A.D.)

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Those Who Wander From the Apostolic See Wander From the Church

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"Has the truth so failed you that you have not recognized yourself as a schismatic when you withdrew from the Apostolic See? Have you not even read that the Church was founded by Christ Our Lord upon the chief of the Apostles? If you had read this, where did you believe the Church to be? Outside of him in whom alone are clearly all the Apostolic Sees? Why, therefore, did you wander away? What hope did you have for your salvation?" (Pope Pelagius I)

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Unlawful to Make Recourse Against the Roman Pontiff to an Ecumenical Council

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"Can. 1372 A person who makes recourse against an act of the Roman Pontiff to an Ecumenical Council or the College of Bishops is to be punished with a censure." (1983 Code of Canon Law)

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