Protestants should feel ambivalent about recurring attacks from within the Roman Catholic Church on papal authority (see News story, “Roman Synod,” page 50). On the one hand, we agree that the traditional papal claims are biblically and theologically unsupportable. On the other hand, we fear that those Catholics who are opposing the Pope’s authority are not inclined to accept the authority of Scripture either. That attitude toward authority is the crucial point of difference between the contemporary reformers within Catholicism and the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformers.

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