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LUMEN GENTIUM , 1964
The bishops of the Church are the successors
of the apostles.
The bishops are specially blessed by the Holy Spirit to continue the work of Jesus
as Teacher, Shepherd and High Priest
The bishops must speak with the mind of Jesus.
We must hear Jesus' voice when they speak.
Rejecting bishops who speak with the mind of Jesus
means rejecting Jesus himself
This is the theory...but the practice can be complicated
What happens when a bishop is not speaking with the mind of
(c.f. Paul confronting Peter over the matter of eating with pagans...)
What happens when a pope and a council speak differently?
(c.f. Benedict 16 and Vatican 2...)
What does a child do when its mother and father give
The only thing it can do: pray...hand the situation over to Jesus...ask him to sort out the problem
Jesus, please help all bishops...and the
pope.... speak with your mind and your heart