The jig is up! Your host has been exposed in his dastardly attempt to suppress one article by a Jesuit scholar dealing with Eastern synodal traditions as they might apply to a reform of national episcopal conferences in the Roman Church. Surely I must have known that this one article has within it the power to raze the entire papal edifice to the ground! Congrats to the internet sleuths for blowing the lid off right off this scandal.
No, to be serious, admittedly, I had not read the article when I found the article by Brian Daley, S.J. from the same collection. You can chalk it up to simple oversight on my part, or to a more sinister motive. Whatever. Now that I have read it, I find it to be quite informative and interesting. But I fail to see how it constitutes a “hostile witness” to the ecclesiological viewpoint that I have been exploring here. I am entirely open and receptive to what Father Fahey has to say here. While I am coming to appreciate the Petrine Office at Rome as an essential part of the life of the Church on earth, I have stated many times on this blog that I do not defend some of the problematic ways in which this Office has been exercised over the centuries (for instance, I can’t imagine why it’s a good idea for the Pope to personally appoint all the bishops of the world). And in saying this, I don’t think that I’m outside of the orthodox Catholic mainstream.
UPDATE – As one reader has pointed out to me privately, I am probably being over-sensitive here. Apologies if I have offended with my sarcastic response (I claim neither infallibility nor impeccability, though I do admit my primacy as the chief of sinners). My impression, hopefully mistaken, is that I am being accused of purposely ignoring the article in question (in other words, a suppressio veri). I do not pretend, nor have I ever pretended, that this blog is neutral. It is an exploration of the theological and historical claims of the Papacy. I currently lean strongly towards the veracity of these claims (as anyone who reads this blog can obviously tell), but I always give equal time to commenters who disagree and are willing to express their viewpoint intelligently and respectfully. I would be very happy for Acolyte at EP to comment here on the specific points of the article which he finds to be detrimental to the Catholic understanding of the Petrine ministry.