At what point does the Catholic duty of obedience to the local bishop cease?

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Listening to bishops has never been easy – nor will it ever be. But obedience to our superiors is inscribed in the word of God: the Decalogue’s command to honor parents includes obedience as a necessary component. And closer to the current subject, the Letter to the Hebrews says “Obey your leaders and submit to them; for they are keeping watch over your souls, as men who will have to give an account.” (13:17)

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Editor’s note: This is one of those articles that deals with things – not as they really exist – but as they should be – so most everything contained in it tends towards the theoretical and academic.

When everyone (clerics and laity)  properly holds up their particular Catholic “end” of things – faithfully relying on Traditional, time-tested, Catholic philosophy, worship, sacraments, devotions and principles – then it will be a relatively simple matter to obey the bishop – since the choices the bishop makes will reflect the orderly state of an authentically faithful – and Catholic – world.  But once things have broken down – as they have in the post-Vatican II, world-wide Catholic Church – chaos – not Christ – reigns – and all bets are off!

May God have mercy on our souls.

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  1. Sooo……obey your bishop.

    What could be simpler?

    Oh, except when he is wrong, i.e. in contravention to the One True Faith.

    Oh, and it really helps if each member of the laity really knows his Faith. Which will often be made as clear as mud by the local ordinary. Or virtually unrecognizable. Or just plain false.

    Like I said, ain’t nothin’ at all to us pew dwellers doin’ the right thing!


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