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*
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.
Answer by eringobrough at 10:31 PM on Jan. 13, 2010
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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..
Answer by eringobrough at 10:04 PM on Jan. 13, 2010
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.
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.
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