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Papal infallibility means?

Take a guess all you non Catholics. Straight from a Catholic Quz. The Answer tomorrow
Papal infallibility means

a. The pope is preserved by the Holy Spirit from committing mortal sins.

b. Anything the pope teaches is guaranteed by the Holy Spirit to be true.

c. The pope's teachings must be obeyed because he is under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and thus speaks for the Holy Spirit, who cannot err.

d. The pope is incapable of teaching erroneously on matters of faith and morals when he teaches publicly and officially a doctrine for all Christians, not just Catholics, to hold.

e. None of the above.


Asked by adnilm at 1:06 AM on Apr. 6, 2011 in Religious Debate

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Answers (23)
  • "It really doesn't matter what the answer to the test is ... in reality the Pope isn't infallible. "

    It doesn't really matter what your opinion is. Catholics believe he is. Just because YOU don't believe he is infallible, doesn't make it untrue for those who practice the Catholic faith.

    Answer by anime_mom619 at 5:40 PM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • The correct answer is "C" (says the atheist).

    Answer by Eek_a_Geek at 1:16 AM on Apr. 6, 2011

  • before reading the rest of the responses, and going on how some of my close friends (caths) feel (by their actions/words), i would've picked C.

    FYI, jsbenkert...for me, a non-Cath, i do not feel the pope (or bishop or cardinal or minister or deacon, etc) is anything other than a man. and man IS fallible, whether they claim the HS or not. no one has 'jurisdiction' over me and my faith/beliefs. that's a big reason i disagree with the Cath-theology/doctrine...not the only one, but a big one.

    Answer by dullscissors at 9:12 AM on Apr. 6, 2011

  • and them purpose of this quiz/question is????

    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 1:07 AM on Apr. 6, 2011

  • It means the pope is preserved from the possibility of error

    Answer by proudmom2510 at 1:11 AM on Apr. 6, 2011

  • I'm going with "C" too.

    Answer by mommy_jules at 1:20 AM on Apr. 6, 2011

  • Yes I'm picking "D" as my answer

    Answer by proudmom2510 at 1:21 AM on Apr. 6, 2011

  • D

    Answer by daps at 6:31 AM on Apr. 6, 2011

  • Clueless non-Catholic here but I am going to go for D- and I did not cheat by trying to google the answer-

    Answer by soyousay at 8:42 AM on Apr. 6, 2011

  • Umm. . . ? D?

    Okay.  I cheated.  I saw the correct answer on the first page. :-D

    I wonder how other Christians (non-Catholics) feel about the Pope believing that he has jurisdiction over their beliefs and practices?


    Answer by jsbenkert at 8:59 AM on Apr. 6, 2011