So, the Catholic Church never said the Pope was above the Ecumenical Councils, as accused, but he presided over them.
I think it has elements of this even if not explicitly stated
Funny how Vatican I claims that the Pope is superior to the Ecumenical councils.That would be funny, if it actually said this.
"This council was summoned by Pope Pius IX by the bull Aeterni Patris of 29 June 1868. The first session was held in St. Peter's basilica on 8 December 1869 in the presence and under the presidency of the Pope."
The pope is the president and summoned the council
Said by Pope Pius IX, at that council, in response to Cardinal Guidi's speech, where he argued for an "infallibility of the Magisterium", not an "infallibility of the Pope":
“Io, io sono la tradizione, io, io sono la Chiesa!” (I, I am the tradition. I, I am the Church!)
So he said he was superior to the council? No. Also, context is rather important I should think, considering the confusion people have about infallibility and when/how it applies according to the Catholic Churches own teachings.
Yes, the Pope did say he was superior to the council. Are his words so unclear to you? Please read my post again as to the circumstances which led to the Pope saying what he did.
Sorry, I didn't see where he said that. Maybe you can point it out specifically where he said, "I am superior to Ecumenical Councils."
Also, if you could, please describe the separation of the Pope and the Magisterium regarding infallibility because the Catholic Church teaches they work in unison, as in together, collectively, not separate.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
[CCC 889] In order to preserve the Church in the purity of the faith handed on by the apostles, Christ who is the
Truth willed to confer on her a share in his own infallibility. By a "supernatural sense of faith" the People of God,
under the guidance of the Church's living Magisterium, "unfailingly adheres to this faith."
[CCC 890] The mission of the Magisterium is linked to the definitive nature of the covenant established by God
with his people in Christ. It is this Magisterium's task to preserve God's people from deviations and defections
and to guarantee them the objective possibility of professing the true faith without error. Thus, the pastoral duty
of the Magisterium is aimed at seeing to it that the People of God abides in the truth that liberates. To fulfill this
service, Christ endowed the Church's shepherds with the charism of infallibility in matters of faith and morals.
The exercise of this charism takes several forms:
[CCC 891] "The Roman Pontiff, head of the college of bishops, enjoys this infallibility in virtue of his office, when,
as supreme pastor and teacher of all the faithful - who confirms his brethren in the faith - he proclaims by a
definitive act a doctrine pertaining to faith and morals ... The infallibility promised to the Church is also present in
the body of bishops when, together with Peter's successor, they exercise the Supreme Magisterium," above all in
an Ecumenical Council. When the Church through its supreme Magisterium proposes a doctrine "for belief as
being divinely revealed," and as the teaching of Christ, the definitions "must be adhered to with the obedience of
faith. This infallibility extends as far as the deposit of Divine Revelation itself.