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By Michael Voris, Church Militant, February 1, 2023



When Our Blessed Lord made Simon Bar-Jonah the head of the Apostles, He did so by saying, “And to you I give the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 16:19) Notice: keys — plural — more than one key. That reality is expressed on the Vatican’s flag, which has two keys. One key represents the pope’s spiritual authority; the other represents his temporal authority.

And moreover, they intersect each other to show that (sometimes) both these jurisdictions overlap. The one key, the spiritual one, represents the teaching authority. And when it is challenged or attempted to be taken, that is heresy — denying a teaching or teachings of the Church. The other key, the temporal authority one, is violated when someone denies or ignores the temporal authority the pope exercises over the Church — that is schism. …

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