Friday, April 01, 2005

I hope they didn't mean what the title says

I hate to say this because of the overall snark value, but doesn't one get the feeling that the headline wants exactly this, the end of the papacy. Therefore, the logic goes without the Pope we could have whatever we want, female priests, contraceptives, you name it. But that's not the case. The Papacy is the rock upon which the Church on earth stands, granting security in knowing what the Lord hands over for our salvation. So until history ends, you are stuck with the Papacy. Given that the hierarchy is constitutive of the Church's nature, then it follows that even in Heaven, there will be a papacy and hierarchy: they just won't have much to do. They will be too busy, like the rest of us, praising the God of glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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