Friday, November 20, 2009
Interesting Quotes from Catholics
More quotes from Latin writers that might lead me to think that Roman Catholicism is a recent invention:
"[Universal] bishop is “a word of proud address that I have forbidden….None of my predecessors ever wished to use this profane word [‘universal’]….But I say it confidently, because whoever calls himself ‘universal bishop’ or wishes to be so called, is in his self-exaltation Antichrist’s precursor, for in his swaggering he sets himself before the rest.”
-Pope Gregory the Great
"Sacred doctrine makes use of these authorities [philosophers and human arguments] as extrinsic and probable arguments; but properly uses the authority of the canonical Scripture as an incontrovertible proof, and the authority of the doctors of the Church [the theologians] as one that may be properly used, yet merely as probable. For our faith rests upon the revelation made to the apostles and prophets, who wrote the canonical books, and not on any revelations (if there were any) made to other doctors."
-Thomas Aquinas. Summa (1. Q1. 8)
Silly me thinks that Gregory wasn't for Papal Supremecy, merely Papal Primacy and that Thomas Aquinas has a doctrine approaching Sola Scriptura. Of course that can't be right because those are Orthodox and Protestant doctrines that have no basis in history whatsoever ;)