A great and succinct paragraph about the authority of the Successor of Peter, the Roman Pontiff, and the the successors of the Apostles, especially diocesan bishops in union with the Holy Father.
Our Lord is the Head of the Church. But since He willed that His Church should be visible, after His ascension into heaven, He gave her a visible head, who is His Vicar on earth, Peter and his successors…. To him alone did Our Lord give the power to feed the sheep and the lambs, he alone has full, sovereign, and immediate authority over each and every member of the Church. That is why the Church has always proclaimed herself to be a monarchy, governed by one man. Certainly, the human character of government makes it quite understandable to seek counsel and the advice of wise persons, but a form of democracy imported into the Church by collegiality and by the parliamentary parody of bishops’ conferences allows all sorts of abuses and subjects to group pressure the decrees of Divine Law that declare that each diocese has only one head, the bishop of the locality.
SSPX Superior, Bishop Bernard Fellay, from his December letter to friends and benefactors.
Benedict XVI is the Pope of Christian Unity.