Thomas More A Conciliarist (?)

A post with this title coming right after the post titled “Marsilius of Padua Not A Conciliarist (?)” is a bit humorous, but the subject matter is dead serious. Reading in the same Francis Oakley article I cited in the last post, I learn that Thomas More, opponent of the Reformation and Sainted defender of Catholic orthodoxy,” was very likely a conciliarist. Now that’s interesting, because I doubt that More would have disavowed anything he recognized as legitimately traditional papal doctrine. How he could be committed to the papacy and be a conciliarist is sure to be a very interesting story, and one that will blur the convenient polemical lines that have been created by extreme Catholic apologists for the last few centuries.

I’m going to have to go to the library and dig out Volume 20 of More’s Collected Works in order to find his exposition on the teaching authority of a General Council relative to the authority of the pope. Don’t know when I can do that, but when I do, I imagine it’s going to produce some very interesting material. Stay tuned.

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