What Can the Virtue of Faith have to do with the Roman Pontiff? Here is What St. Thomas Aquinas Says.
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St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, II-II, Q. 1, Art. 10: Whether It Belongs to the Sovereign Pontiff to Draw Up a Symbol of Faith?
Respondeo: A new edition of the symbol [creed] becomes necessary in order to set aside the errors that may arise. Consequently to publish a new edition of the symbol belongs to that authority which is empowered to decide matters of faith finally, so that they may be held by all with unshaken faith. Now this belongs to the authority of the Sovereign Pontiff to whom the more important and more difficult questions that arise in the Church are referred....Hence our Lord said to Peter whom he made Sovereign Pontiff (Luke xxii. 32): I have prayed for thee, Peter, that thy faith fail not, and thou, being once converted, confirm thy brethren. The reason for this is that there should be but one faith of the whole Church, according to 1 Corinthian I. 10: That you all speak the same thing, and that there be no schisms among you: and this could not be secured unless any question of faith that may arise be decided by him who presides over the whole Church, so that the whole Church may hold firmly to his decision. Consequently, it belongs to the sole authority of the Sovereign Pontiff to publish a new edition of the symbol, as do all other matters which concern the whole Church, such as to convoke a general council and so forth.
Dr. Chojnowski: What was a common place for St. Thomas Aquinas has slipped out of the minds of the typical "Catholic" in 2019...and for a long time before that. NO ONE establishes their faith on the daily statements, official or unofficial, of Francis. We certainly, obviously, do not attain the necessary unity that characterizes the Catholic Church --- even in the eyes of the world -- by accepting what he says and making it a rule of faith. We have adopted a Gallican --- at best --- or outright Protestant attitude ---- actually --- with regard to anything having to do with Francis. Not even the most devoted Novus Ordo adherent accepts Francis as the Living Rule of Faith. They either spend all of their time trying to figure out how in the world such things could come out of the mouth of a pope (i.e., the right-wing of those comfortable with the Liberal System) or just accepting the spirit of his statements, which is fine, because it fits in with their general, received, outlook on the world and religion anyways (i.e., left-wing of those comfortable with the Liberal System).
For the "traditionalists" among us, NO ONE SAYS, "PHEW! FRANCIS HAS SPOKEN ON AN ISSUE THAT DIVIDES US, NOW WE MAY HOLD FIRMLY TO HIS DECISION AND KNOW THAT WE ARE IN THE TRUTH." No one does this. No one. If you are a Modernist you reject dogmatically the existence of objective truth, and if you are not, you ASSUME that if Francis said it it is either laughable, ridiculously peculiar, or something despicable and non-Catholic. Do Protestant treat Francis with as much distain and dismissal as many, many "Catholics" do? Maybe we should dedicate ourselves, during this Easter season, to keeping the "Catholic" in our "traditional Catholic" stance towards the evil Liberal System by remembering that Peter was the greatest gift by Our Risen Lord to his flock on earth. Because "being with Peter" was THE standard by which we would judge if we were "with Christ." We can live and die without access to confession or holy communion, but we cannot live and die without possessing, either implicitly or explicitly, the FAITH OF PETER. If we identify a man as Peter and immediately reject everything that he says, or even the most important things that he says, along with dubbing his doctrine as "heresy," I think we have a problem. Why? Because if we do this, we are no longer Catholic. Check your St. Thomas!