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Pope Francis on the Bible and the Bounds of the Word

Dr Leonardo de Chirico notes at Reformation21 that Pope Francis reasserts the traditional papalist doctrine that the Word is wider than the Scripture, a doctrine which, Dr de Chirico observes, insures the need for a magisterial arbiter to authoritatively recognize that Word diffused beyond the Writ. In other words, without that doctrine, the Pope is out of a job at least as that job is presently described. One sees a very curious asymmetry between the Papal assertion that the Word extends beyond the Writ on the one hand, and on the other its correct denial in Dominus Jesus that the Word exercises any broader saving economy beyond the person of Jesus Christ.

By Peter Escalante

Peter Escalante is a founder and editor of The Calvinist International. He holds a MA in Philosophy.