A quick thought about episcopal authority
I was reading a blog post yesterday (can't remember which, but it might have been this one), and for some reason it made me think of one of Vatican II's more preposterous moments:
[T]he Sacred Council teaches that bishops by divine institution have succeeded to the place of the apostles, as shepherds of the Church, and he who hears them, hears Christ, and he who rejects them, rejects Christ and Him who sent Christ. (Lumen Gentium 20)What a compelling claim for the bishops to have made about themselves!
This in turn reminded me of something Jesus is alleged to have said:
If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. (John 5.29)