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Published on May 15, 2012
Based upon standard Roman Catholic Theology, particularly that which pertains to the establishment and authority of Christ's own Church, as documented in the standard Theological handbook, Dogmatic Theology, Volume 2, Christ's Church, by Msgr. G. Van Noort Part 10: Pages 27 - 28, 31 - 32, Corollary to Christ founding the Church to be indestructible; the Church's nature as a hierarchical and monarchical society, opponent's objections considered. Many heretics and Protestants and Modernists and others have all claimed that the Church has failed or that it must be restructured, for example in a "more democratic" form. Popes have consistently rejected all such views as outright heresy. The Church is a hierarchical society. "Hierarchy" as a work means sacred rule. (Griff comments: description of Vatican leaders as "hierarchy" is a misnomer since there is nothing sacred about it. The phrase can only apply properly and strictly to traditional clerics. However, the use of such a term could be accepted in a generic sense as often is used colloquially in many contexts to describe any organization with a pyramid-like leadership structure running it.) The Church is an "unequal" society in that the authority of its hierarchical members is by Divine Right and not by mere delegation of the remaining members of the society. Heretical churches either deny any rulership of anyone by Divine Right or else allow any "Divine Right" only to weigh in as a basis to establish rulership of one over the others. (Griff reminisces: In my Protestant days I remember wondering how and why Protestant pastors, making no claim to any office by any Divine Right, would nevertheless collect what they called a "tithe"? Only a priest could rightly receive such a thing, such as the Levitical priesthood of the Old Testament. With that Law abrogated, what sort of person could receive such a thing except the new priesthood under the New Law?) Modernists attribute the full structure of the Church to some sort of natural evolution, one can see once one disentangles their arguments. Note: Comments intended for the series as a whole please affix to Part 1 of this series at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43J639... and comments intended to refer to this Part please affix to the indivual part.