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The council's companion definition of papal infallibility strengthened the energetic exercise of the papal magisterial power that was so marked a feature of the years between Vatican I and the assembly of the Second Vatican Council in 1962.
Papal decretals replaced conciliar canons as the routine and normative form of regulation, and this "new law" (little changed prior to the new codes issued in 1917 and 1982) reached down uniformly into every diocese in the West.
Papal primacy rests upon the power of the keys which Christ conferred upon Peter and his successors, though it has obviously varied in principle and especially in practice throughout the centuries.
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 Papal Primacy
In the bilateral dialogues of Roman Catholics with Anglicans, Lutherans and Reformed, the primacy of the bishop of Rome is discussed in the context of communion ecclesiology.
The primacy of the synod cannot, however, be conceived as power over the local church but rather as a charismatic instrument through which the churches of God witness and express their ontological unity in the truth of the gospel.
The primacy of the synod, through which the local churches witness and express their unity in the salvific truths of Christ, does not exclude the primacy of the first bishop or the metropolitan.
www.goarch.org /en/ourfaith/articles/article8523.asp   (5139 words)

 Stress on papal primacy led to exaggerated clout for a pope among equals
The reason the bishops of Vatican I were far less nuanced in the definition of papal primacy was clearly recognized even by many contemporaries: the bishops’; theology of the church was defective.
After the papal definitions, the council was suddenly prorogued, as the Italian armies were in the final stages of occupying the papal states, thereby completing the unification of Italy.
Papal authority ebbed and flowed and was always more widely accepted in the European West than it was in the Eastern Byzantine Empire.
www.natcath.com /NCR_Online/archives2/1997d/102497/102497f.htm   (2142 words)

 Catholic Culture : Document Library : The Epiphany of the Roman Primacy
The terms "honorary primacy" and "primacy of honor" are foreign to the Gospels.
Non-Catholic critics of papal primacy assert that papal primacy was created by the exaggerated claims the popes made for their office.
While papal testimony to the office of Peter is not conclusive proof of papal primacy, serious historical research cannot exclude it on principle.
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 NEW VATICAN DOCUMENT ON PAPAL PRIMACY   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The question of papal primacy has crucial implications for ecumenical progress, as Pope John Paul II acknowledged in his 1995 encyclical Ut Unum Sint, in which he called for new reflections on how the papacy could be exercised in ways that would encourage ecumenical progress while preserving its essential role.
Thus "the primacy is different, in its essence and its exercise, from the roles of government in human society," the Ratzinger document explains.
On the other hand, it notes that the papal primacy is not a matter of absolute power, since the Pope, like Peter, makes his decisions in a collegial setting, after consulting with the bishops of the world.
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 The Nature of Papal Primacy
It is in opposition to a primacy of honor (Primus inter pares) and to a primacy of direction which might be endowed with the power of advising and guiding, but not with the power of commanding.[30] The word, as is obvious, has its roots in judicial language.
The primacy of the Pope is a mystery in the economy of salvation.
According to divine revelation this is the formal meaning of the primacy of Peter: to be the perpetual and visible center and foundation of the community of Churches which is vivified by the Spirit of Christ.
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 Primacy and Unity in Orthodox Ecclesiology - OrthodoxWiki
Primacy and Unity in Orthodox Ecclesiology - OrthodoxWiki
Papal primacy is often recognized as the greatest single issue dividing the Eastern and Western churches.
For such a primacy to be accepted and applied an ecclesiology of communion rooted deeply in a theology, and even an ontology of communion, would be necessary.
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 Catholic Culture : Document Library : Vatican I And The Papal Primacy
Vatican Council I, in fact, defines a twofold Primacy of Peter —; one in papal teaching on faith and morals (the charism of infallibility), and the other a primacy of jurisdiction involving government and discipline of the Church —; submission to both being necessary to Catholic faith and salvation.
Finally, God's purpose in establishing the Primacy is to draw the faithful into a twofold unity with Christ — a unity of faith and charity — both of which are necessary for salvation.
The Papal Primacy is a work of charity guaranteeing unity of both truth and communion within the Church.
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 Homiletic & Pastoral Review
Authority, especially papal authority, could never again play the role it had enjoyed in the preconciliar Church; decentralization of Church authority was surely one of those famous ideas whose time had come.
For the primacy of the pope represents firm and established Catholic doctrine, solemnly defined by Vatican I and strongly reiterated by Vatican II.
In reconciling the ideas of episcopal collegiality and papal primacy, the author draws fruitfully upon a too-little-known 1992 document of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Some Aspects of the Church Understood as Communion, as well as upon the thought of the outstanding contemporary moral theologian Dr. Germain Grisez.
www.catholic.net /rcc/Periodicals/Homiletic/2001-05/whitehead.html   (1736 words)

 CNS STORY: Papal primacy: Land mine on the path to Catholic-Orthodox unity?
Metropolitan John was one of the Orthodox scholars who made formal presentations at a 2003 Vatican-hosted symposium on the question of primacy, and he spoke in Rome in mid-October at a conference marking the publication of the symposium papers and brief summaries of the closed-door discussions.
For Catholics, however, when the Scripture passages referring to Peter are read in the light of the tradition of the church -- including the first millennium before the schism between East and West -- Peter's role as the leader of the church becomes clear.
"Orthodox are learning that primacy is a matter of the essence of the church, a dogmatic matter," he said.
www.catholicnews.com /data/stories/cns/0405829.htm   (888 words)

 Caelum et Terra: Rethinking/Restating Papal Primacy?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
This is the doctrine of papal primacy: According to the Catholic Church, the pope is sovereign by divine right in the areas both of teaching faith and morals, and the governance of the Church.
The complementary reality to the papal primacy is the role of the college of bishops, who are not mere functionaries or employees of the pope, but are successors of the apostles in their own right and true rulers of their churches.
From the Catholic standpoint, the pope CANNOT possibly exercise his primacy 'in communio.' The inner logic of the doctrine of papal primacy in Vatican I preclude this.
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 Primacy of the Roman Pontiff - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The primacy of the Roman pontiff is the apostolic authority of the bishop of Rome, from the Holy See, over the several churches that comprise the Catholic Church in the Latin and Eastern Rites.
It is also termed "papal primacy", [1] "primacy of Peter", [2] or "Roman primacy"; [3] one might encounter "Peter in primacy over the universal Church," [4] "Successor of Peter", [5] and other related expressions.
The present Eastern Orthodox churches, contrary to the teaching of, amongst others, Saint John Chrysostom, consider that the Bishop of Rome has a mere primacy of honor that, since the East-West Schism, is no longer in force.
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For another, the papal commission from Christ is first of all to "strengthen the brethren" if possible, not cast them out.
Papal infallibility involves divine assistance that preserves a pope from error when he does speak authoritatively in matters of faith and morals.
Meyendorff ignores the repeated, clearly attested exercise of papal universal jurisdiction which we have seen in the first, second, third, and fourth centuries.
www.catholic.com /thisrock/1997/9706eaw.asp   (2270 words)

 Papal Primacy/Infallibility/Union with Orthodoxy - Part I - The Byzantine Forum
Hence, Olivi developed the notion that papal pronoucnements on the faith were infallible and thus irreformable.
The reason for the incongruity is the inversion of the understanding of papal infallibility between the time of Olivi and Pius IX.
It was only with papal urging that the Romanian Greek Catholics modified their property claims again to the benefit of the Orthodox.
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 PAPAL PRIMACY IN THE THIRD MILLENNIUM   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
As an insider on the Washington scene he has been able to view and contemplate the intricate workings of the U.S.'s ecclesiastical bureaucracy and the failures of collegiality with American bishops struggling to implement Papal teaching and pastoral directives on liturgy, sacramental preparation, catechetics and the teaching of theology at Catholic colleges and universities.
Shaw comments appropriately on the proposals of such diverse voices as retired Archbishop John R. Quinn, the Anglican-Catholic dialogue body known as ARCIC-II, and such dissenting groups as "Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church" and "We Are Church".
Patriarch Photius made "a slashing theoretical argument against Rome's claim to primacy." Actually, for all his troubles with Rome, Photius never denied the Roman primacy of universal jurisdiction (he died in communion with Rome).
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 Papal Primacy
The doctrine of papal primacy upholds the divine authority of the Successor of St. Peter to rule over the entire Church with ordinary and immediate jurisdiction.
Two Magisterial texts are key to understanding its supreme nature and the obligation of all who are not invincibly ignorant of this truth to submit to Papal authority for the sake of their salvation.
Infallibility directs our attention to the unifying role of the Pope in matters of faith, and primacy to that role with respect to sacramental and other ecclesiastical disciplines.
www.ewtn.com /expert/answers/papal_primacy.htm   (355 words)

 Lit Press: Papal Primacy
Papal Primacy fills the void by providing a clear understanding of its history.
Papal primacy has grown with the Church, and it remains a reality embedded in the Church as a living community open to change.
Chapters focus on the development of the primacy in the first five centuries, different functions of unity in the East and the West; the papacy as the head of the Church and Christendom in the Middle Ages, and the primacy as confessional mark of identity in modern times.
www.litpress.org /Detail.aspx?ISBN=081465522X   (223 words)

 Spiritual Marriage
The term "primacy" itself is "systematically ambiguous," he points out: "Primacy" originally concerned patriarchal sees or bishops, then it became restricted to papal primacy, and further distinguished in controversies into a primacy of honor and/or jurisdiction.
With these parameters, Papal Primacy and the Episcopate outlines the various elements and functions in the primacy-episcopate relationship.
Buckley, Papal Primacy and the Episcopate received a generally favorable response, and he hopes it can make a contribution to the further dialogues on church leadership advocated by Ut unum sint.
www.bc.edu /bc_org/rvp/pubaf/chronicle/v7/o1/buckley.html   (639 words)

 Papal primacy still stumbling block in Orthodox talks
Participants in a week-long closed-door meeting between senior prelates of the Catholic and Orthodox churches have reported "slight progress" in their efforts to end their 1000-year-old rift but papal primacy remains a major hurdle.
Since the press was excluded from the meetings, few details leaked out from the closed sessions and the sixty participants displayed a rare discipline in not commenting the proceedings, explaining only that "very delicate, scientific matters were discussed".
However, according to documents obtain by Adnkronos International, the main obstacle in bringing the two Churches closer was the issue of papal primacy, on which the Vatican continues to insist.
www.cathnews.com /news/609/142.php   (898 words)

 An Orthodox View of Papal Primacy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The decision to study the primacy of the bishop of Rome in the universal Church of Christ indicates that the Orthodox-Roman Catholic consultation is moving towards the centre of the issues that have separated our respective communions.
Papal primacy is one stumbling block to the Lutheran synods, but not as large of one as many might suppose.
The assigning to the Bishop of Rome as Peter's successor of ultimate primacy to definitively resolve such situations does not represent the pope taking over all power and authority from the councils or from local bishops but rather a means to ensure that the authority of councils can be definitively recognized.
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 Canon Broadsides (This Rock: April 1999)
According to this view, certain decrees of the early councils undermine the historical basis for the doctrine of papal primacy.
A similar understanding of papal authority is reflected in the proceedings of the earlier ecumenical Council of Ephesus (431) where the council fathers declared they were "compelled" by the canons and decision of Pope Celestine to depose the heretic Nestorius.
The fact that the early ecumenical councils-all held in the East-neither questioned nor objected to these papal claims and actions, but rather supported them in word and deed, is evidence of the universal acceptance of the Roman primacy by the early Church.
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 Amazon.com: Papal Primacy: From Its Origins to the Present (Theology): Books: Klaus Schatz   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
You are Peter: An Orthodox Reflection on the Exercise of Papal Primacy by Oilvier Clement
The Primacy of the Bishop of Rome and the Ecumenical Dialogue by Adriano Garuti
Some who are orthodox Catholics may object to this book, as it admits that papal primacy has developed, and is not practiced today exactly like it was practiced in the early Church.
www.amazon.com /Papal-Primacy-Origins-Present-Theology/dp/081465522X   (1095 words)

 The Ante-Nicene Development of Papal Primacy
As we study the problem of primacy in general, and especially the primacy of Rome, we must not be ruled by polemical motives: the problem is to be solved to satisfy ourselves and Orthodox theology.
Although himself an Asiatic, he asserted the primacy of Rome over the other churchesÂ…Irenaeus defined what was to become the Roman claim of centralismÂ…it was there [Rome] that all the traditions and experiences of the church were gathered, examined, and reconciled.
It is impossible to deny that, even before the appearance of local primacies, the Church from the first days of her existence possessed an ecumenical center of unity and agreement.
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