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"We only need the Pope there is no need for other people to help him."

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"We only need the Pope there is no need for other people to help him." The pope is the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, he works with the cardinals and the bishops to decide upon dogmas through the magesterium. It is the pope's job to translate the scriptures and tradition to modern day Christians. Early Bishops of Rome were called vicar of Peter, which meant representative of Peter. For later popes the Vicar of Christ was substituted as it was more authoritive title. Some people would say that only the Pope is needed and there is no need for other people to help him. This is because the pope is infallible when he speaks 'ex cathedra'. He is only possessed of infallibility when he defines a doctrine concerning faith and morals to be held by the whole Church, through the divine assistance promised to him by St Peter. ...read more.

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This gives the faith one persons view which all Catholics should follow. It also keeps the faith united under one leader. A strong argument for the pope leading the church without others helping him is the idea of apostolic succession. In the Bible Jesus chooses Peter to be his Rock on which he had chosen to build his church. Peter then became the first bishop of Rome and was accepted as the central authority among all churches. The believe of apostolic succession is that God passed Peter's apostolic authority to those who later filled his seat as popes of Rome. Therefore through apostolic succession the pope is the leader of the Catholic Church because he occupies the position as the leader of the Catholic Church. This means that the pope was chosen to lead the church himself by Christ. ...read more.

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Discussing matters with others ensures agreeable decisions are made. A strong argument for the need for other people to help the pope would be that he is still human and is not free from making errors. Therefore the pope should discuss his views to the cardinals and bishops to receive there opinions on his ideas. In my opinion I believe that there is a need for other people to help the pope. This is because the cardinals have high authority in the Catholic Church. Therefore their views and ideas matter too so they should have discussions with the pope. The pope shouldn't be making decisions by himself which may not be agreed on by the majority of Catholics. He should be open to all suggestions but should consider and agree with the Cardinals dogmas for the church. ?? ?? ?? ?? - 1 - ...read more.

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