AUTHORITY


"Catholics ignore the Bible for authority and doctrines. Instead, they look to the Church (mainly the Pope) for teachings."



Perhaps the most controversial topic in the history of Christianity is the issue of authority. Before the Reformation, the churches in the East fought with those in the West over who held the authentic teaching office. During the Reformation and onwards, Protestants and Catholics argue over whether the Bible had the sole authority or the Church had any authority and whether this authority was subject to the Bible's or goes with the Bible. A related topic is the one that talks about one's own conscience overruling authority.

==> Tradition and Living Magisterium (Catholic Encyclopedia)
==> The Pope (Catholic Encyclopedia)
==> The Papacy (Catholic Encyclopedia)