Catholicism’s “three-legged stool” – Broken for all the world to see!

For 500 years, Roman Catholics have boasted that their church alone was blessed with divine authority. Not only did Catholics have Holy Scripture to guide them, they also had “sacred” tradition AND the allegedly infallible teaching magisterium of the pope and his bishops.

Catholics often suggested that their church was like a sturdy, three-legged stool, supported by Scripture, Tradition, and the magisterium, and able to withstand every wind of doctrinal confusion and heresy. As a young child in parochial grammar school, the priests and nuns often used the three-legged stool as a symbol for Catholicism’s unshakeable authority. It was claimed the Holy Spirit would never allow a pope to lead the church into error.

I’ve posted MANY times over the last twenty months regarding the mounting controversy in the Catholic church over pope Francis’ lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees in his “Amoris Laetitia” (Joy of Love) post-synodal apostolic exhortation released in April 2016. The pope and his allies have been engaged in a chess match with church conservatives over this abrogation of doctrine, previously held to be infallible, ever since. This week, it was revealed the pope, in essence, shouted “Check!” (or even “Checkmate!”) to his conservative chessmates by invoking “authentic magisterium” for his doctrinal change. Conservatives aren’t convinced. What will be their next move?

This morning, I was listening to the 12/5/17 podcast of the “Calling All Catholics” talk radio show, and conservative Jesuit priest, Robert McTeigue, spoke dismissively about the pope’s invocation of “authentic magisterium” to support his repeal of infallible doctrine:

“Is it magisterial by nature or magisterial by name only?,” McTeigue half-heartedly conjectured, already quite convinced of the answer. In closing, he remarked, “I just think we need to read the best scholars and look for direction from the bishops and the cardinals to do the right thing.” Unspoken in the priest’s advice, but well understood by the listener, is that only conservative scholars, bishops, and cardinals should be heeded on this issue, not the pope or his allies.

So what we have here is a church being led by a heretical pope. At this point, conservative bishops and priests are still reluctant to call Francis a heretic outright, but they are basically advising Catholics to disobey him. What does that say for Catholicism’s unassailable three-legged stool when one of the legs is broken? If an entire religious system is built upon lies, like the infallibility of popes, what is a Catholic to do?

Catholic friend, turn from your institutional church, repent of your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior by faith alone! Then ask the Lord to lead you to an evangelical church in your area that preaches God’s Word without compromise. It’s ALL about the Lord, Jesus Christ, not about a proven-to-be-fallible religious institution. The Lord is using this “Amoris Laetitia” controversy to expose Rome’s fallacious claims for all the world to see.

31 thoughts on “Catholicism’s “three-legged stool” – Broken for all the world to see!

      1. RE: 500 years
        If you had read my post even semi-carefully you would have realized the 500 years was a contextual reference to the Reformation. Also, you ignore the main subject of the post, which is what conservative Catholics refer to as the “confusion” caused by pope Francis. Some have even labeled Francis a heretic. So are you a follower of the four dubia cardinals or are you a supporter of Francis and his progressive allies, because the two camps differ on vital doctrines.


      2. I actually deleted both comments. When I first began this blog several years ago, I spent a lot of time and energy debating with credulous Catholics who zealously submitted lengthy commentary that defied the Bible, reason, and sometimes even the official teaching of the RCC. I do post and respond to some critical comments, but I need to be a good steward of my time. This blog is not a sounding board for zealous Catholics. There are already plenty of those on the internet. I’m always surprised by passionate Catholics looking for a debate when their pope and prelates concede that everyone, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and even atheists, can also merit heaven if they “follow the light they are given.” Your church is pseudo-(c)hristianity.


  1. Wow interesting to see the priest on the show be contrary to the current pope! If a few years ago some protestant said in his show, ““Is it magisterial by nature or magisterial by name only?,” this priest would have defended the idea of the papacy against the guy saying it. But now the role is ironically reversed!

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      1. Yes, it’s like a flashing neon sign! Catholic conservatives will try to circumvent this by counseling like-minded followers to transfer their faith from the pope to the church. They will naturally avoid the questions this brings up about papal infallibility. Catholicism is very careful about what doctrines they officially label to be infallible exactly because of occasions like this one. In 1500 years the only doctrines they unanimously agree are infallible are papal infallibility (natch!), the immaculate conception, and the assumption of Mary. But now that the pope has declared his Amoris teaching to be “authentic magisterium,” conservatives will have an extremely hard time wiggling around it.

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  2. If you would read history, then you would know that you are wrong…again. Just remember St. Peter’s denial of Jesus, and then you will always expect to see things which mislead the one who only sees the surface, but not the core, since God is in control and you are not in control of anything regarding the Catholic Church – nothing.

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      1. Oh, I didn’t know that you reversed yourself and now support Francis’ abrogation of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees.
        I love you Francis and I pray you forsake works religion and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior by faith alone.


      2. Well, yes, you need faith, and one who has faith believes that Francis is under the control of God Himself and can rest in that faith.

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      3. If Francis is under the control of God and JPII was also under the control of God, how can Francis contradict JPII and previous infallible popes by abrogating the ban on communion for remarried divorcees?


      4. We’ve descended into an incoherent exchange but it’s to be expected that many Catholics would not want to discuss Amoris and Francis candidly.


      5. It’s difficult to have a discussion when you feign all is well regarding Francis and Amoris when Catholic news sources reveal otherwise.


      6. But history and reality reveal otherwise. This is a fight over a discipline and a presumption of guilt tied to a label, but not to a discernible reality which may overrule it’s label. We have to be open to exceptions, serious mitigating circumstances…which is why both Pope St JP and Pope Francis require active discernment by priests.

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  3. Not only Catholics should step away from the Whore of Babylon. Lots of protestants also still do not accept Jesus as the sent one from God , the son of God who is the Way to God, but still make Jesus into their god.

    We can only pray and hope for them that one day they shall come to see what Jesus really did and why his act of submitting to God is so important for mankind.

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    1. Thanks for the comment. I agree. Going to a Protestant church doesn’t merit salvation. Every individual must trust in Christ as their Savior. Sadly, most of the mainline “Protestant” churches no longer preach the Gospel and ecumenism is creeping into the evangelical churches.


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