Did not Christ say9 “Neither be ye masters, for one is your master, Christ.” Matt. XXIII., 10.

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The Pope is the servant of the servants of God. He himself tells us that one is our master—Christ, whom he and all are bound to serve. He claims no authority independently of Christ. The text you quote forbids selfish tyranny in one’s own name over members of the Church. It does not forbid the exercise of legitimate power. “Obey your prelates, and be subject to them,” says St. Paul. Heb. XIII., 17.

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