Posted by: L. E. Barnes | April 17, 2010

Living Referees

Fr. Robert Barron gives a good synopsis of the reasons for the Magisterium (i.e., the teaching authority of the Church). As a former Protestant, I find that Fr. Barron’s remarks resonate with me perfectly. In fact, one of the main reasons I chose to become Catholic was because of the rampant disunity among Protestants. They claim that the Bible is the only legitimate and necessary authority. Well, not only does the Bible not provide a list of writings that should constitute the canon of scripture, but it never even purports to be the sole authority. Thus, Catholic apologists, especially converts from Protestantism, have pointed out that the Protestant teaching of sola scriptura (“scripture alone”) is actually self-contradictory. And then, as Fr. Barron emphasizes, the plethora of Protestant denominations (not to mention all the independent congregations) proves that sola scriptura is simply a recipe for divisions. Each denomination (sometimes each individual) claims that it is simply following scripture, yet the cacophony of radically varying doctrines, practices, and forms of church government casts plenty of doubt on that claim. Without living “referees” to oversee things, confusion and strife soon result. Rather than being a hindrance to Church’s effectiveness, the Magisterium actually is the key to both the Church’s unity and long-term success. It is why the Church has stood the test of time to a degree no Protestant denomination can come close to matching.

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