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Musings 2005/191

The Church of John Paul II. P
God Delegates
The Catholic Church declares that God delegates His Own Power and Authority and, that being the case, then Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, receives the greatest portion of this delegation, under Christ Himself.
So, The Church knows and proclaims that Priests have the divine Power to forgive sins in the Name of Christ and to reintroduce to and for the world, The Golgotha Sacrifice when they celebrate Holy Mass.
Some Christian denominations do not accept the great stature of Mary before God and before man, nor do they accept the Priesthood of The Church.
This is very, very strange to me. Their reasoning must be amiss somehow.
Scripture, from beginning to end, portrays how God sends His Prophets and Saints and even His Own Son (Who became a creature) and
only in them God pours forth His Truth and His Will and achieves the purpose of His creation.
P  7  And there was a great battle in heaven:

Michael and his angels
fought with the dragon,

and the dragon fought, and his angels.
8. And they prevailed not: neither was their place found any more in heaven.

9. And that great dragon was cast out,

that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world. And he was cast unto the earth: and his angels were thrown down with him. P
In these passages of Revelation (Apocalypse) we clearly observe that

the great dragon was defeated
by Michael and his angels.

God Himself was not mentioned as the One who defeated the dragon - even if, obviously, it was on behalf of God that it was Michael who defeated the dragon.
Here is the clearest possible case of God delegating His Authority and it was by the power given by God to Michael that Michael prevailed.

Still, it was Michael who prevailed.

It was Michael and his angels who were the victors, in their own rights.
Just as it was the
devil - the dragon - who was defeated. in his own right.
So too, it is Christ the Man (the Creature) who has vanquished all evil and the evil-one. God did not directly vanquish evil Himself which He could have done by a mere act of will, (which would have then shown that God had failed in His intention and purpose for creation, for He was thus forced to intervene Himself, Personally, as if He had been in error, as if required to rectify some fault in the progression of His creation).

Not so. God had brought forth creation
and His Work contained absolutely
no fault AT ALL.

Indeed, his creation, as would the Work of The One God be expected to do, worked perfectly.
The fact that God has ordained His Work to proceed perfectly,
relying on His creatures to prevail in their use of their absolute freewill,

is where the devil hopes to attain victory.

The devil does so, knowing that God will never interfere with the freewill of His people.
Clearly then, we observe that God delegates His Authority to creatures, first of all to Christ the God-creature, then to The Woman of Scripture, Mary, to St. Joseph, father of Jesus but also to the great Archangel, and so on.
Once we accept this simple fact - this great and wondrous Truth - then we may proceed
easily to the Doctrines of The Universal Church, specifically to the infallibility of the supreme Pontiff, the Vicar of Christ, successor to Peter, Benedict XVI.
P 18  And I say to thee:

That thou art Peter;
and upon this rock
I will build my church,
and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

19. And

I will give to thee
the keys of the kingdom of heaven.

And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven. P(Matthew 16)

It is painstakingly clear
that Benedict XVI
who is Peter,
has, in his hands,
the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven.

The Vicar of Christ, the successor to Peter, has the power and authority of God in his hands because God delegates.
There is no need to proceed to other Dogmas of The Church because, once this Truth is accepted, it follows as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow that all other Dogmas must also be accepted.
No-beginning-and-no-end.
This could be a description of God Himself and is a parallel contemplation to I-am-he-who-is.
14. God said to Moses: I AM WHO AM. He said: Thus shalt thou say to the children of Israel: HE WHO IS, hath sent me to you. Exodus 3.
Before I was ignominiously dismissed as a lay Catholic teacher in state-run schools by Father Dobson, Parish Priest on the Sunshine Coast, one young student said to me
How can God have no beginning and no end?
I tried to explain that there has to be a Being that has no beginning and no end - you just can't go from one  situation to another where everyone and everything was created, had a beginning; issued from something

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