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POPE. The chief of the catholic religion is so called. He is a temporal prince. He is elected by certain officers called cardinals, and remains in power during life. In the 9th Collation of the Authentics it is declared the bishop of Rome hath the first place of sitting in all assemblies, and the bishop of Constantinople the second. Ridley's View, part 1, chap. 3, sect. 10.
     2. The pope has no political authority in the United States.

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Without any fanfare, Benedict XVI last month set aside a traditional title of the Roman pontiff for roughly 1,500 years, "Patriarch of the West."
But the institution of the papacy, that unique spiritual establishment with its claim to a supreme authority articulated in such titles as Vicar of Jesus Christ, successor to Peter, prince of the apostles, supreme pontiff, patriarch of the West, primate of Italy, metropolitan of the province of Rome, bishop of Rome, and sovereign of the Vatican.
Evans fails to distinguish the pope's office as universal primate from his office as patriarch of the West and repeatedly misses the implications of Catholic teaching on sacramental character for ecclesiology (p.