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To: Miggsathon
I think what you are failing to understand is that there is a difference between the Pope's opinions on matters that are not defined as doctrine, and matters that are defined or have always been accepted in Catholic teaching.

Contrary to the common Protestant misunderstanding of Papal authority, Catholics do not have to follow the private opinions of the Pope or the clergy in general.

The death penalty (because, remember, the Pope's opinion on this runs contrary to centuries of Catholic teaching), distributist economics and a host of other things are in the realm of personal opinions and not doctrine.
45 posted on 01/10/2004 12:19:55 PM PST by livius
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To: livius
"Contrary to the common Protestant misunderstanding of Papal authority, Catholics do not have to follow the private opinions of the Pope or the clergy in general."

Should the pope's "private opinion" on what constitutes just war be shrugged off by those who claim to be Catholic?
58 posted on 01/10/2004 11:53:22 PM PST by Miggsathon
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