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This is not completely hypothetical. In the mid-300s, Pope Liberius may have signed a statement supporting what later became known as Arian heresy. That he did so in exile and possibly under torture is mitigation, and the story is complex, but it is a more concrete version of this question. In any event, there was clear pressure from the Emperor that came ...


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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (formerly known as Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger) is depicted above wearing what is known as a "cappello romano," which is Italian for "Roman hat." It does not originate from papal attire, but was simply a fashionable hat worn by 17th century clergy. From wikipedia: A cappello romano (literally Roman hat in Italian) or saturno ...


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I don't know more context for the picture, but the title "Pope visits holy site of Sermon on the Mount" indicates, that the chair is not a part of Pope's usual attributes, but that it's part of the chapel on Mount of Beatitudes. This inverted or Saint Peter's cross is not very common in catholic context, but very few Catholics would feel bad if they were on ...


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The doctrine of original sin says that every human being is a sinner. Indeed, the Bible also says: Romans 3:10 As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one; and Isaiah 56:3 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. and Isaiah 64:6 We have ...


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Sin is not confined to a mere ten commandments. Jesus Himself expanded on this in the Sermon on the Mount. There He asserted that it wasn't just murder that was sinful, but hatefulness in the heart. It wasn't just adultery that was immoral, but lust in the heart. Indeed, we are all sinners—and really bad sinners for that matter. Romans 1-3 ...


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Pope John Paul II abolished the Promotor fidei (Promoter of the Faith) office, better known as Advocatus diaboli (Devil's advocate) in 1983 No, he did not abolish this office. There is still one Promoter of the Faith for every cause of canonization. What Pope John Paul II did was to reduce his power to a great extent and change his role in the process of ...


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Benedict XVI said that Genesis is based on a myth Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, in his 1995 book, "In the Beginning ...: A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall" (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, $13), has expressed well the view I am espousing here. He writes: "It has become clear that the biblical creation ...


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I will not give you my opinion, but rather my understanding of Pope's reception from the reading of the catholic resources on the topic, which I suggest you study yourself as well. In general, Pope Francis is very much liked by all but "the traditionalist". He is a pastor more than a theologian so he resonates better with a "common catholic". So an ...


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He is calling himself a sinner because his doctrine determines him to be so. Many Christians will also call themselves sinners. Likewise, other believers know themselves to be saints. What's important though is what the bible says about them that believe. In most of Paul's letters he calls the people in the church (the believers) "saints". He even ...


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Apostolic Exhortation is a type of communication from the Pope that is written to encourage people to undertake an implementation of particular set of recommendations listed in the document. Encyclical Letter which is usually more important than Apostolic Exhortation is a letter that usually deals with a specific doctrine, where the doctrine is clarified, ...


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The answer to this question has already been answered by an online Catholic news article, discussing this subject with the exact phrase, "just be good", in it. Upon close examination of the news article, the newswriter/blogger/journalist suggests: The Holy Father is full of surprises, born of true and faithful humility. On Wednesday he declared that ...


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In your question it would be very helpful to have a citation as to where in the writings of Gregory the quote is from. I followed the link provided and there is no citation there for the quote either. As a matter of fact, you can google the first sentence of the quote and find a few websites that also have the quote but leave it uncited. Knowing its context ...


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Catholic Professor Geoffrey Saint-Clair, from Catholic Dossier Magazine (September/October 2001), writes: Success or failure often depends on leadership—what leaders do or fail to do. When it comes to the Reformation, the lion’s share of the blame rests squarely with the hierarchy, including the papacy. Or at least so said Pope Adrian VI, who in 1523 sent ...


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A number of opinion polls have been conducted on the new Pope's popularity. This opinion poll says that in the US, Pope Francis is more popular among Catholics that Pope Benedict, and as popular as John Paul II was at the height of his esteem. US Catholics are a very small fraction of world Catholics, and very unlike the majority of Catholics in the world. ...


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Papal Infallibility and when a Pope speaks Ex cathedra remain very unclear. Aside from canonization of saints, most experts will agree the Pope has spoken Ex cathedra at least twice: Pope Pius IX's 1854 definition of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary Pope Pius XII's 1950 definition of the dogma of the Assumption of Mary Other than that ...


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No Pope has made such claim, but he wouldn't need to. As Hebrews says, Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, Just because one does not have a face to face encounter does not mean that God has not spoken to them. Very few of the prophets claim they saw God's face. Indeed, Elijah perceived him only as a ...


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Like Affable Geek states...this is more historically concrete than one might think. I think the basic 2 questions you are getting at (someone correct me if I'm wrong) are: Question 1 - What would (should) happen if a Roman Pope promulgates, decrees, or endorses a heretical doctrine? Answer - He would be anathametized as an heretic in an Ecumenical ...


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We call the Pope "Father" in the first place as a bishop. The concept of the "apostolic succession" to which the Catholic Church subscribes means that bishops are considered successors of the apostles, "those sent out" (apostoloi in Greek) by the Lord, and thus are acting on behalf of Our Father in Heaven. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, speaking of ...


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Heretics lose their office in the Church. Pope Paul IV, Bull Cum ex Apostolatus Officio, Feb. 15, 1559: “1… Remembering also that, where danger is greater, it must more fully and more diligently be counteracted, We have been concerned lest false prophets or others, even if they have only secular jurisdiction, should wretchedly ensnare the ...


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Pope Honorius was condemned as a heretic by Pope Saint Leo II, an ecumenical council and subsequent popes affirmed the anathemas. The historical record therefore shows that a pope can fall into heresy. Pope Paul IV taught that if a pope falls into heresy he loses the papal office. He said in order to be pope a man must be Catholic. If he ceases to be ...


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Being a hypothetical question, you're bound to get a lot of personal opinion. I'll give it my best shot though. In a nutshell, Catholics (as far as personal experience and research) are told they must obey the Pope because of his responsibility to serve and protect the Church and it's people. So if a Pope were to snap and go full-on heretic, some would say ...


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What the Pope actually said (from the official translation of the Italian) was Looking at those five loaves, Jesus thinks: this is Providence! From this small amount, God can make it suffice for everyone. Jesus trusts in the heavenly Father without reserve; he knows that for him everything is possible. Thus he tells his disciples to have the people sit ...


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What the pope is saying is correct. A sin is whenever you do anything wrong at all, period. In Romans 3:23-24 (ESV), it is written, "...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus..." Christianity is all about the fact that all of us have sinned, so all ...


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Dogma's are declared in the Catholic Church when they become necessary. They are de fide or "of the Faith" going back to the Apostles, but not declared until there is a need to say them in a legal way. That could be because there are many asking questions about the subject and it needs clarification. i.e. papal infallibility was always a part of "the ...


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No. Because until St John-Paul II, few popes traveled, and those that did, didn't travel much. There was no expectation of a Pope's homecoming, in the sense of the Pope returning to his country of origin.


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In recent articles and photographs, Pope Benedict has stopped wearing the shoulder cape and the cincture. He continues to wear the watered silk cassock of the papacy and wears a simple gold ring baring the seal of the papacy (not his seal nor that of Pope Francis) just a seal of the office. He is now wearing simple brown walking shoes (no longer the red ...



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