Quotation from Yves Congar

Yves Congar, Jean Puyo Interroge le Pere Congar, Paris: Centurion, 1975, pp. 209-210

“Some say that only the Pope has universal jurisdiction in the Church, and that the jurisdiction of the Bishops proceeds from him. In my opinion, this thesis is absolutely unnacceptable. It has the advantage of being simple and coherent, but it turns its back on many texts and facts of early Christianity.

“In the opposite sense, there is the thesis that affirms the power in the Church, even the power of the Pope, would always be collegial. The Pope would always act as ‘head of the College.’ He could not act by his own power as ‘Vicar of Christ’ (I place the last words between quotation marks because I am not comfortable with this expression, which I personally avoid using). ….

“I am strongly favorable to a collegial power that can be exercised by the College of Bishops as well as by the Pope himself as its head, representing the whole body.”

(Yves Congar, Jean Puyo Interroge le Pere Congar, Paris: Centurion, 1975, pp. 209-210).