This is an excellent demonstration of the sede error. The authors do not understand the simple but important difference between human reason and human authority.
Catholics recognize a man as Pope because the College of Cardinals proclaim him. It is the humble submission by the Catholic to the Church that results in the acceptance of that fact as true.
Of course all men (well, not the sedes of course), understand that Bergoglio is the Pope, because the Church proclaims it. The protestants, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, even the atheist recognizes this truth. They do not need to accept as a matter of faith-they simply recognize the authority of the Church.
We all (well, not the ‘sovereign citizens’) recognize human authority. In my town, there is a police chief, and his officers. There is also a judge. They have authority I do not. I might stand on the side of the road and proclaim, “That man is speeding”, and I might even be right, but I lack the authority to legally declare it. I also lack the authority to enforce it (that would be the judge).
It doesn’t matter that I believe the police chief is not really the chief, and that his officers are not really his deputies, and that the judge is not really a judge…I do not have the authority.
The sedes’ faulty ecclesiology, so similar to that of the Protestants, confuses the innate human ability to reason for the Church’s authority to bind and loose.
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