LSF wrote: How would the Roman Catholic Church -- a volunteer organization -- exercise "total authority" over its membership and clergy?
Now come on LSF. Its not so long ago that you were complaining that the Protestant church didn't have a central body to dictate what the ONE perfect theology should be for all Prot churches. You can't have it both ways.
If you submit to the human intellectual assent to join the RCC, you are expected to knuckle under and receive their version of "Bible" doctrines AND OF COURSE TRADITIONS of said Roman Catholic religion.
Whilst the Protestant church practices Sola Scriptura and endeavours to remain with and in sound Bible doctrines, the Roman Catholic system adds to Scripture various human hypotheses, ideologies, myths and philosophies.
Thus the Vatican feeds the ignorant masses on a recipe of religious hocuspocus and illusion, which the natural sinner receives and follows as predicted in Scripture... "And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of." 2Peter 2:2 - "and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;" Eph 4:14.
LSF wrote: a) Vatican document calls for global authority to regulate markets "[This Vatican document] said, the primary cause of the current global crisis has been "an economic liberalism that spurns rules and controls"
b) Hopefully other Christians, including Reformed Baptists
a) "rules and controls" - Sign of the "Big Brother" mind set of the Vatican and the Magisterium. Being a very socialist organisation, (the heirarchy tells them what to believe) the Roman Catholic church continues to exercise total authority over the thinking and acting of its people.
"Some animals are more equal than others" (Orwell) And the "more equal" heirarchy in the Vatican ensure that the RC proletariat, behind the alter and in front, are properly regulated, controlled and told exactly what the Bible says to them. Thus do the gullible believe what they are told and worship the Vatican accordingly, without being too troubled by Scripture.