|EX CATHEDRA OR FROM THE CHAIR OF MOSES
|This is where the Catholic Church gets the
expression; "Ex Cathedra".
Literally, the expression is -
'from the chair'. [Mt. 23:2]
All authority comes from Our Father in heaven.
There is 'One Authority' under the New Covenant as there was a time when there was
'One Authority' under the Old Covenant. Just as Moses 'alone' spoke for God: Moses, 10
Num 12:5 Then the LORD came down in the column of cloud, ...
6 he said, "Now listen to the words of the LORD: Should there be a prophet among you, in
visions will I reveal myself to him, in dreams will I speak to him;
7 Not so with my servant Moses! Throughout my house he bears my trust:
8 face to face I speak to him, plainly and not in riddles. The presence of the LORD he
beholds. Why, then, did you not fear to speak against my servant Moses?"
Therefore, we should have a respectful fear when dissenting against our Holy Father the
Pope Benedict XVI.
Even in the time of Jesus, before the establishment of His Church on the rock of Peter, He
admonishes the people to follow what the scribes and the Pharisees teach because they
have the authority of Moses:
Mat 23:1 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples,
2 saying, "The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses.
3 Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their
Ex Cathedra Literally "from the chair", a theological term which signifies authoritative
teaching and is more particularly applied to the definitions given by the Roman pontiff.
Originally the name of the seat occupied by a professor or a bishop, cathedra was used
later on to denote the Magisterium, or teaching authority.
And so we get the name of the church where the bishop presides - cathedral.