The Pope and American Politics

IF the Pope is a valid successor to Peter, maybe he ought to read and memorize that which is stated in I and II Peter… After all, why would he wish to either contradict or amend what Peter, the Rock had written and said?
One can only wonder if his proclamations in and about this nation are intended to be Democratic Talking Points or a narrative that endorses Hillary Rodham Clinton’s candidacy. Also, will his comments be made as his opinion – or – will he be making them ex cathedra?
For those who don’t know or understand the import and impact of ex cathedra, the webpage: Catholic Answers (http://www.catholic.com/quickquestions/what-does-the-term-ex-cathedra-mean-and-where-did-the-catholic-church-come-up-with-it) states: “Ex cathedra is a Latin phrase which means “from the chair.” It refers to binding and infallible papal teachings which are promulgated by the pope when he officially teaches in his capacity of the universal shepherd of the Church a doctrine on a matter of faith or morals and addresses it to the entire world. The concept derives from Jesus. In Matthew 23: 2-3 Jesus spoke of the authority of the Old Testament magisterium saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair [Gk. cathedras] of Moses. Therefore, do and observe whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach what they do not practice.” Since Jesus recognized the authority of the Old Testament magisterium when it spoke ex cathedra (with the authority of Moses), we recognize that the New Testament magisterium of the Church, which speaks with the authority not of Moses but of Jesus Christ himself (Mt 10:40, 16:18-19, 18:18; Lk 10:16; 2 Cor 5:18-20), possesses a binding, infallible teaching office which is guaranteed by Christ (Mt 28:20; Jn 14:16, 26, 16:13).”
It is up to you to STUDY the Scriptures and LEARN what they say and mean. Millions of people blindly subscribe to the ex cathedra declarations and encyclicals. You need to be knowledgeable and base your convictions on the eternal Christ and not a temporal Pope!
What do you think?

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