“When did a judgment of the church receive its validity from the Emperor?”
“The nerve center of all teaching about the primacy lies in the fact that we are faced with a mystery of faith and not with an organizational factor in the Church”.
“The basis of the primacy is then on the one hand its historical institution by Christ [who is an enigma] and on the other the actual presence of Christ in the primatial acts of the Pope [another enigma]; in the activity of the Pope [activity of popes who eat babies??], Christ himself becomes audible and visible…”
“The ways of exercising the primacy have varied with time, but its substance does not change for it is immutable. Accordingly the primacy cannot be watered down in the wake of ‘Episcopalian’ or ‘democratic’ ideals.”
“The Pope is not just someone who speaks in the name of the bishops, a kind of mouthpiece they give themselves and which is there to do their bidding. The Pope is where he is, with a direct responsibility before God, to take the place of the Lord, and to ensure the unity of the word and work of Christ, in the same way as Christ gave Peter that same function within the community of the Twelve”.
“Christians must work, not as subject to an authority, but with the piety of children, with the love of those who feel themselves to be and are members of the body of Christ – behind this spirituality of love for the Pope lies the deep conviction that his authority cannot be done away with; do not tire of preaching love and full obedience to the Holy Father. A strong central authority, the Holy See, is needed to induce those who are in disagreement with the Church and who blunder about, to act reasonably. But over and beyond these logical reasons there is the will of God who wanted to have a Vicar on earth and to assist him infallibly with his Holy Spirit”. 
According to one Catholic writer, were some claims for the basis of the bishop of Rome’s authority (over all other bishops and all Christians) derived from political and cultural realities of the time. Since being a bishop of an important city naturally gives increased stature and since Rome was (until the 4th century) the most important city in the western world, it therefore certainly gave the Roman bishop automatic prestige in the western Mediterranean, where there were no other cities to rival it. 
Another laughable claim to the stature of the bishop of Rome in those times is that Rome was a city of martyrs – Peter was himself killed there; and no heresy had ever flourished there. I would say yes, but only because the people that proclaimed “heresies” were killed beforehand.
“…Ahead of a report to the U.N. on an anti-torture agreement next week, the Holy See has emphasized its commitment against torture, and warned against the hearing being reduced to a “tool of ideological pressure.” 
“I am afraid that history may have cause to reprove the Holy See for a policy accommodated to its own advantage and little else. And this is very sad, above all when one has lived under Pius XI.”
He saw himself following in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul who apparently said, “I am attracted to two sides at once, because the Cross always divides”.
“The Jewish community needs and wants an end to Christian anti-Semitism and we are waiting impatiently for the Vatican to recognize the State of Israel.” The Archbishop answered, “The eradication of anti-Semitism from Catholic teaching is a prime objective of the Churc and it will happen soon.” Concerning the Church’s objectives regarding the recognition of the State of Israel he said, “The Vatican wants the Jews to stop accusing it of not having helped during the Nazi period. We want you to realize that Pius XII was a far better friend of the Jews than is commonly acknowledged. In any event, we want the hostility to end.”
“If shutting off the criticism is a precondition for cleaning anti-Semitism from Church teaching, then such a deal cannot be made.”
“…When fearful martyrdom came to our people in the decade of Nazi terror, the voice of the Pope was raised for the victims”. 
“HOLY ALLIANCE: How Reagan and the pope conspired to assist Poland’s Solidarity Movement and hasten the demise of Communism.” In 1982 in the USA a 5-part strategy emerged that was aimed at bringing about the collapse of the Soviet economy. In working out the plan, former US Secretary of State Alexander Haig acknowledged that “the Vatican’s information was absolutely better and quicker than ours in every respect”. Just so did the liaison for the Vatican in the White House, Archbishop Laghi, keep on reminding American officials, “Listen to the Holy Father. We have 2000 years experience of this.”
Annett continued, “Your obligation to the Vatican through the Lateran Treaty does not negate or nullify the requirements of these higher moral and international laws; nor does it require that you give any protection or immunity to a single individual like Joseph Ratzinger, especially and even after he has left his papal office.”