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papal infallibility

anyone want to take a stab at the facts?

what does it mean?
what are the criteria?
when (if at all) has the pope's statements been considered infallible?
DO CATHOLICS BELIEVE THE POPE IS ALAWYS AND FOREVER INFALLIBLE?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 3:37 PM on Sep. 23, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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Answers (16)
  • The Pope speaks infallibly only when making an official statement about faith and morals, and it is the declarations that are infallible not the person.

    There are four conditions; The pope must speak ex cathedra (from the Chair of Peter) in his official capacity, the decision must be binding on the whole Church, it must be on a matter of faith or morals, he must be intending to teach.

    Catholics don't confuse infallibility with perfection, the Pope is human and sins.
    erdavh

    Answer by erdavh at 4:23 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • Infallibe means not fallible. I guess the Catholics have to put a different spin on it when they realized that the popes are fallible.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:51 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • do you not know the answers to the questions anon? LOL
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:01 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • The Pope IS fallible in his everyday life, he's human just like you and me. Just because he's the Pope does not mean we think he's perfect or that he can't make a mistake or can't sin. He can. Just pick up a history book and you can read about some of the "bad" Popes we've had through the years. Papal infallibility applies only to solemn, official teachings on faith and morals, not to disciplinary decisions or even to unofficial comments on faith and morals. A pope’s private theological opinions are not infallible, only what he solemnly defines is considered to be infallible teaching. Infallibility prevents a pope from solemnly and formally teaching as "truth" something that is, in fact, error. For a teaching by a pope or ecumenical council to be recognized as infallible, the teaching must make it clear that the Church is to consider it definitive and binding.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:08 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • con. from above: Here are some examples of when:
    * "Tome to Flavian", Pope Leo I, 449, on the two natures in Christ, received by the Council of Chalcedon;
    * Letter of Pope Agatho, 680, on the two wills of Christ, received by the Third Council of Constantinople;
    * Benedictus Deus, Pope Benedict XII, 1336, on the beatific vision of the just prior to final judgment;
    * Cum occasione, Pope Innocent X, 1653, condemning five propositions of Jansen as heretical;
    * Auctorem fidei, Pope Pius VI, 1794, condemning seven Jansenist propositions of the Synod of Pistoia as heretical;
    * Ineffabilis Deus, Pope Pius IX, 1854, defining the immaculate conception; and
    * Munificentissimus Deus, Pope Pius XII, 1950, defining the assumption of Mary.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:09 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • So anon, are you saying the Catholic church was fallible for saying the Catholic church was infallible? And, when the popes wrote that there is no salvation outside the RCC....they were speaking then as infallible! Stop it now. You are trying to delude the facts with a bunch of contradictory talk.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:24 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • When the popes said that there is no salvation outside the Roman Catholic Church.....that was supposedly an infallible belief. Now the Catholics don't like what and who they called infallible. And then a bunch of Catholics come on and try to cover the truth.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:27 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • And, when the popes wrote that there is no salvation outside the RCC....they were speaking then as infallible!

    no that is not what I am saying
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:29 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • Roman Catholic Church...

    how many times do you have to be told it is not Roman Catholic
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:30 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • why are we back on no salvation outside the church?

    please stop it now anon, you are making yourself look as if you cannot comprehend a simple statement.

    The "CHURCH" means all of us
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:31 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

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