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Re: CHAT: Strictly CHAT: Uniates and sacraments (was: Brithenig/Aelyan

Date:Friday, April 14, 2000, 22:09
On Fri, 14 Apr 2000, Raymond Brown wrote:

> I think not. The Orthodox surely believe as much as we Catholics that Holy > Church is guided by the Holy Spirit and that, altho individual leaders may > be scoundrels & may even hold erroneous opinions, when the Church solemnly > defines a doctrine to be held by all the faithful it will be preserved from > error, i.e. the infallibility of Mother Church is common to both traditions.
But we deny that this infallibility can rest in any one mortal man.
> Papal infallibility does _not_ mean a Pope says nothing wrong! The > question is just where the Pope and the other Patriarchs & bishops fit into
Simple: The Pope of Rome is merely a first among equals, with no infallability and no veto nor powers over the flocks of the other patriarchs. That is where he fits.
> Not one of the Pope's titles. But even 'vicarius Christi' is not IMO > insuperable - indeed to some extent other Patriarchs are, as are bishops.
There is no Vicar of Christ.