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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Hey, I'm A Pope! And So Are You!!

While I mull over my first ex grabatus statement (it would be ex cathedra, but I'm sitting on the couch in my "man cave"), let me show you how you're a Pope, as explained by retired Bishop Gumbleton from the Archdiocese of Detroit.

As reprinted on August 28 2008 in the National Catholic Distorter:

The Peace Pulpit: Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, the homily delivered at St Hilary Parish in Detroit on Sunday August 24 (emphasis mine)

"Some of you, I'm sure, have been to Rome and have seen the great basilica of St. Peter on Vatican Hill in the midst of Vatican City. If you haven't been there, you've certainly seen pictures of that tremendous basilica, overpowering in its size and richness and the symbol of power that it gives forth. Perhaps you noticed if you were there that around the dome -- which is the most extraordinary feature of this church, a huge dome -- in very large letters are the words that Jesus says today in the gospel.

"They're written in Latin: "Tu es Petrus, et super hanc petram aedificabo ecclesiam meam." I still know my Latin. It says, "You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church." We've come to accept that, that it's Peter, now the successor of Peter, the pope, who has ultimate authority in the church, and especially since the first Vatican Council, which ended in the year 1870, so over 100 years ago, but still dominant in our church, we have ascribed to the pope, total power and authority in the church.

"To you I give the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." The pope, according to this interpretation, has total authority, total power within our church. We've come to be very used to that and have accepted that this is the interpretation of this gospel passage.

"But in fact, that interpretation did not become part of the church's tradition until the fourth century, when Constantine (the Roman emperor) had been baptized and the church began to exist with freedom in the Roman Empire. It began to take on some of the traits of that empire -- power, prestige, wealth -- so this interpretation of this passage developed in that fourth century.

(here it comes! The text proof...)

Before that, in the earliest tradition, the passage was interpreted as Peter being a type, an image of all the disciples. So Jesus is saying then, "It is on all my believing disciples that I build my church. To all my disciples I give the power to bind or to loose." That's the earliest interpretation and that's reinforced, actually, when you go just a little bit further into Matthew's gospel in the 18th chapter, and Jesus is speaking, not to Peter, but to all the disciples, the whole community. "I say to you, whatever you bind on earth, heaven will keep bound; whatever you unbind on earth, heaven will keep unbound."

So there you have it. I'm a Pope now. Pope LarryD I, head of the Vir Specus Catholic Church. And you're popes too. We have "total authority, total power within our church", according to Bishop Gumbleton. Heck, he's been acting as his own pope for years anyway, along with all his buddies at Pax Christi, DignityUSA and Call to Action.

I'm still Catholic, because I'm not protesting anything. I'm just fulfilling my role as Christ declared. At least according to Bishop Gumbleton.

"So it wasn't Peter, and now the pope, that has the full authority and power within the church, it's the whole community, the church. That's what Jesus said to his disciples and that was the earliest interpretation of this passage."

I'm not going to quote him anymore. Instead, I ex-communicate and laicize him because of his dumb homilies. There - my first ex grabatus statement. That wasn't so hard.