"Why am I a Catholic? It's all about authority. The Pope. The Chair of Peter.
- The authority would be historical - rooted in history and looking to history to advise on present day decisions. We're talking 2,000 year old history, then back some through the Jews.
- The authority would also be current - it is not ossified. It is able to be flexible and responsive to current needs. Here comes Papa on his own airplane talking about in vitro fertilization
- Universal - the authority transcends fashions in time and place. Catholic Truth is well...Catholic.
- Local - while it is universal, it can be found in real time applied at the local level. The Church is not just the Vatican--it's St Hilda's around the corner with Fr. Magee.
- Objective - it is rooted in history, facts and discoverable truth, not opinion or subjective sentiment. Bye bye rubbery relativism.
- Applicable -While objective it can be applied to subjective, personal needs. We can be flexible. There are some loopholes.
- Intellectually Fit - It has to sit at the top table with all the best minds in all the intellectual disciplines. Thomas Aquinas to the witness stand.
- Humble - It has to be understood by peasants and children. Joseph of Cupertino to the stand.
- Culturally Fit - It has to exhibit (or at least try to) the highest of all the art forms for expression: Michaelangelo, Murillo, Chartres, Tolkien, Mozart etc etc etc.
- Common - Though high brow, it can't alienate peasants and common folk: Infant of Prague, tacky statues, holy water bottles of the Blessed Mother with the crown that unscrews...
- Visible - It can't be just a theory. You have to be able to identify this authority
- Invisible - the authority has to be totally theoretical and transcendent in it's essence
- Human - It has to be believably human and ordinary. No golden tablets from angels please
- Divine - While human, this authority's origins and essence must be from the Lord above."