The authority of priests to absolve, the authority of popes to define, the authority even of inquisitors to terrify: these were all only dark defences erected round one central authority, more undemonstrable, more supernatural than all the authority of a man to think. We know now that this is so; we have no excuse for not knowing it. For we can hear scepticism crashing through the old ring of authorities, and at the same moment we can see reason swaying upon her throne.
Chesterton, G. K.. The G. K. Chesterton Collection [50 Books] (Kindle Locations 44676-44680). Catholic Way Publishing. Kindle Edition.