Wow. What a train wreck this thread is turning out to be. Sad.
Anyway, can anyone, preferably someone who knows how to click on a link and read a direct quote from an official Vatican document like Pastor Aeternus so that I don't accused of taking things out of context or being "anti-Catholic" even though I've provided the context and am just asking a question, answer my question as to how "Therefore, they stray from the right course who assert that it is lawful to appeal from the judgments of the Roman Pontiffs to an Ecumenical Council, as if to an authority higher than that of the Roman Pontiff" does not mean that the Roman Pope is considered to be above an ecumenical council? I mean, that whole phrase "as if to an authority higher than the Roman Pontiff" pretty plainly means that an ecumenical council is not be considered a higher authority than Roman Pope -- i.e., he is above its authority, right? His judgment cannot be overruled by it. That's what being above an ecumenical council means, no? I am fully aware of other documents issued by the Vatican that say things about how authority is expressed in council in the RCC (via the Pope together with the magesterium or whatever), but that doesn't make Pastor Aeternus magically not include the quoted portion which says that the Pope has greater authority than the ecumenical council, and indeed I don't see the two ideas as necessarily contradictory, insofar as authority being expressed in council doesn't mean that the Pope isn't ultimately higher than it. (Sort of like the inverse of what we have in Orthodoxy, where the Patriarch chairs the synod but is subject to its judgment, should the need arise for him to be censured. It would be improper, ecclesiastically and historically, to switch that around and say "okay, now the Patriarch is not subject to the authority of the synod", but it's not like it's impossible to envision, since...um...Rome already did just that. :/)
Maybe one of our faithful RC posters can explain this, if this is not what Pastor Aeternus is saying, and somehow the Pope is actually subject to the judgement of a council.