BASIC R.C. BELIEF
"The teaching authority of the Church in the pope and the bishops united
with the pope. It is designed to take things from scripture and tradition
(remote rules of faith) and apply them in a living way, hence it's being
called the proximate rule of faith" (Dr. Ludwig Ott, FUNDAMENTALS OF
In spite of this definition by a Roman Catholic theologian, any matter
that has not been made an article of faith is open to theological debate.
POST VATICAN II
This theological debate has especially been active since Vatican II, but
the recent papal censure of Hans Kung by Pope John Paul II indicates that
the Pope is re-asserting the traditional teaching of the Church.
By having this proximate rule of faith the ultimate authority, it becomes
unimportant what the Bible says. What the pope says the Bible says is
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