2 November 2006

Papal Authority

The pope is not an absolute monarch whose will is law; rather, he is the guardian of the authentic Tradition and, thereby, the premier guarantor of obedience. He cannot do as he likes, and he is thereby able to oppose those people who, for their part, want to do whatever comes into their head. His rule is not that of arbitrary power, but that of obedience in faith. That is why, with respect to the Liturgy, he has the task of a gardener, not that of a technician who builds new machines and throws the old ones on the junk-pile." (Preface to Alcuin Reid, The Organic Development of the Liturgy, 2nd ed. Ignatius 2005 pp. 10-11)

Courtesy of NLM

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