[Note: The Laws have been expanded. I’ve provided the updates below.]
Former Anglican priest, now Roman Catholic, and always (small-c) catholic, Al Kimel has helpfully listed the Pontificator’s Laws. They are as follows:
- Pontificator’s First Law (old version)
When Orthodoxy and Catholicism agree on something over against Protestantism, Protestantism loses.
- Pontificator’s First Law (new version)
When Orthodoxy and Catholicism agree, Protestantism loses.
- Pontificator’s Second Law
When the Bible alone is our authority, the Bible ceases to be our authority.
- Pontificator’s Third Law
Itís one thing to read Scripture and the Fathers; itís quite another thing to read Scripture through the Fathers.
- Pontificator’s Fourth Law
A church that does not understand itself as the Church, outside of which there is no salvation, is not the Church but a denomination or sect.
- Pontificator’s Fifth Law
When it comes to doctrine, earlier is better, except when itís not.
- Pontificator’s Sixth Law
When the Church Fathers and the Rabbis of the Talmud agree on a commandment of God, odds are God spoke it.
- Pontificator’s Seventh Law
Justification by faith is not a theory of salvation; it is the verbal and sacramental enactment of salvation.
- Pontificator’s Eighth Law
Any christology, soteriology, or ecclesiology that undermines the Churchís evangelistic mission to the heathen and their baptismal conversion to Jesus Christ is wrong.
- Pontificator’s Ninth Law
If a Catholic cannot name at least one article of faith that he believes principally on the basis of the authoritative teaching of the Magisterium, heís either a saint or a Protestant.
- Pontificator’s Tenth Law
All dogmas of the Church Catholic are infallible, but some are more infallible than others.