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I have a question about the infallibility of the pope

My mom says the pope is infallible in a few situations. The pope is a bishop, is the pope the only bishop who can be infallible? or do all the bishops have the instances when they are infallible?

What about bishops of other rites?

*I understand many of you don't like the Catholic Church, therefore, you don't have to answer this quesiton*

 
Kattykitten

Asked by Kattykitten at 9:13 PM on Jan. 13, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • So bishops (of the Latin or any of the Eastern Rites) make infallible proclamations only as part of the magisterium - the teaching authority of the church - like when they're participating in ecumenical councils. Again, it's not individual bishops - but bishops acting together as the Magisterium.   This article on the Magisterium and infalliblity might be hepful.

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 10:31 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

  • the pope is man made by the catholic church,he is LOST and needs salvation just like catholics.the pope is like buddah to the buddists
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:37 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

  • anon:- I think you are LOST and need salvation
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:46 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

  • I once was lost but now I'm found,Praise God!!!!!!

    Acts 2:37-39
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:00 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

  • Infallibility is the idea that Christ protects His teachings by giving the Catholic Church the ability to say/write the right thing when making offical statements about faith and morals. It's really more the proclamations that are "infallible" not the men making them.


    The pope makes infallible proclamations only when certain conditions are met. (1) He''s speaking "ex cathedra" (in his offical capacity) with the intention of teaching. (2) The proclamation must be binding on the whole church. (3) It must be a matter of faith or morals. So a pople is not infallible if he is doing other work other than teaching - like appointing Vatican cardinals. He's not infallible if he's giving personal guidance to an individual. He's not infallible if he says green is a better color than blue. (See Papal Infalliblity). cont..

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 10:04 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOpva_iit-8
    xxhazeldovexx

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 10:18 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

  • In addition to papal proclamations - ecumencial councils have made infallible proclamation - things like explaining the Trinity and the canon of the bible are infallible proclamations made by ecumenical councils. There have been 21 ecumencial councils(Vatican II was the latest).  Now just like not everything the pope says is infallible - not everything that comes from an ecumenical council is infallible (Ecumenical councils also make many prudential judgments and issue disciplinary decrees.that are not infallible).  It's not that individuals at the council can make infallible proclamations (the pope is the only individual who can do that) but that the whole council can make an infallible proclamation.

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 10:18 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

  • just like catholics.the pope is like buddah to the buddists


    No - not really.  Gautama Buddha was the spiritual leader who founded Buddhism.   Catholics believe Jesus started Catholicism not hte pope.  Generally speaking Buddhism view Buddha as having reached enlightenment.  Catholics don't necessarily view the pope that way.  The pope is not some type of god, he is not an oracle and he doesn't gain some divine insight when he becomes pope.  As I said - infallibility is more about the proclamations than about the person making them. 

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 10:44 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

  • Jesus didnt start religion.... man did.
    Jesus was about developing a relationship which began with Him and HIS Father.
    the only thing without error is the Word of God
    The Pope can err because he is a man, a human not yet perfected.

    Infallible means incapable of error... if the Pope was such then He would be God but he is not God but a man.
    Shaneagle777

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 11:20 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

  • The Pope can err because he is a man, a human not yet perfected.


    I think eringobrough said that the pope can be fallible. Guess you didn't read that part.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:44 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

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