Questions tagged [papal-infallibility]
The doctrine of the infallibility of the Pope, when speaking ex cathedra
Incompatibilities between Vatican II and the Council of Florence on salvation outside the Church?
I am aware of this previous question where the discussion centered on statements of Pope Francis and the catechism but that is not my interest here. This question also asks about the reasoning behind ...
How can Roman Catholic "consensus fidelium" provide genuine assurance of infallibility in situations where anathema is pronounced?
The website of the University of Dayton has a page dedicated to the dogmatic status and meaning of Mary's Perpetual Virginity. In it we find means by which the Church may have assurance of the ...
Did the apostolic or early church fathers acknowledge Papal infallibility?
The Roman Catholic dogma of Papal Infallibility (P.I.) wasn't officially defined until 1870. This doctrine, defined dogmatically at the First Vatican Council of 1869–1870 in the document Pastor ...
What was the first infallible statement made by a pope?
According to the Catholic Church, what was the first infallible statement made by a pope, by himself, outside an ecumenical council?
Were the Dictatus Papae considered to be spoken "ex cathedra"?
In 1075, Pope Gregory the Seventh decreed the Dictatus Papae, also called the Papal Dictats. One part of the document makes the claim that: The Roman Church has never erred. Nor will it err, to all ...
What level of submission do Catholics give to random things the Pope says?
I was listening to the Megyn Kelly show Episode 193 about 1:30 into it with her interview with Alan Dershowitz he called her something like a heretic for having views contrary to Pope Francis on the ...
According to Catholicism, does an individual bishop have the safeguard of Infallibility or Indefectibility?
Is an individual bishop in communion with the Church and Supreme Pontiff prevented from teaching/approving heresy via formal acts under the doctrines of Infallibility or Indefectibility?
Is the Pope Emeritus infallible?
Currently the Catholic Church has a Pope Emeritus (Benedict XVI). This is, to the best of my knowledge, the first time that such position has existed. There have been and still are plenty of bishop ...
Could "The human soul is created at the moment of conception." be defined as dogma?
Could the proposition The human soul is created at the moment of conception. be defined as dogma? (question idea courtesy Peter Turner, who asked "What paths exist in the Catholic Church for a ...
What is meant by "faith and morals" with regards to papal infallibility?
There are plenty of questions in this site about infallibility (e.g. here, here, and here). All of them take for granted a certain definition of "faith and morals", which is the area upon which ...
What is Ultramontanism & Neo-ultramontanism?
...The accusations stem from two Italian left-wing Ultramontanists... ...But now that Pope Francis has opened up new spaces, liberals, too, have to learn how to be critically obedient without giving ...
Identifying General and Universal Magisterium
So, this is a question I have been struggling with for a while now. I understand easily enough the concept of Extraordinary Magisterium, that exercised by the Church through the Council of Bishops ...
Can a Pope elevate a non-heretical yet minority opinion to the level of dogma?
For example, the empty Hell theory is a relatively recent theological theory that states that Hell is real, but it is empty and will always be empty. There is nothing in this doctrine that conflicts ...
Can a pope be a heretic?
Say for example a Pope infallibly declares that Mary was not a virgin, and is currently rotting in Hell. This obviously contradicts established Catholic Dogma. What would happen in this case? Would ...
Why doesn't the Pope try asserting doctrines ex cathedra to check if they're true?
My understanding is that the Catholic Church teaches that when the Pope speaks ex cathedra, he is infallible, because what he says in such instances is divinely protected from error. There are a lot ...
Is the Catholic canonized Bible closed?
Traditionally most Christians hold that the Biblical Canon has been closed because of the end of the Apostolic era. But if the Pope speaks from "Ex Cathedra", isn't that stating his teaching is ...
Did Jesus Christ certify that the Apostles were infallible? [closed]
As the question asks, which verses in the Bible show that Jesus Christ consecrated the disciples as apostles during his lifetime. Also are there any verses(with words of Jesus in his lifetime) which ...
Does the Pope teach infallibly ONLY when he speaks ex cathedra?
The Vatican Council (opened on 8 December, 1869) defined as "a divinely revealed dogma" that "the Roman Pontiff, when he speaks ex cathedra — that is, when in the exercise of his office as pastor and ...
What is the biblical support that the Catholic Church is the custodian of truth?
The doctrine of papal infallibility is not founded on biblical texts specifically. It is founded on the "biblically supported" doctrine that the church is the custodian of truth. What is the ...
What would happen if the Pope were to abuse his power?
I find it difficult to fathom the amount of power the Pope can potentially wield. According to book 2, part 2, section 1, chapter 1, article 1 of the Code of Canon Law the Pope basically has ultimate, ...
By what ordinary methods has God preserved infallibility in the Catholic Church?
The Catholic Church teaches that in order for the saving truths of the faith to be preserved, explained, or observed, Christ endowed his Church with the charism of infallibility.1 It is not uncommon ...
What is the weight of authority behind a teaching of the Papal Magisterium?
In World Over - 2013-12-12 | EWTN - video start at 20:15/55:51 - Cardinal Raymond Burke, the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, says, referencing the Pope Francis himself, that the Apostolic ...
Hierarchy of Catholicism, government, and papal teaching
The bible teaches that we should submit to our governments in: Romans 13:1-2 (KJV) Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ...
Papal Infallibility and teaching heresy?
I had a question that I hoped the Catholics on the board could help me out with. My understanding of the doctrine of Papal Infallibility is that speaking in his official capacity as the "Vicar of ...
Can we tell when the Roman pontiff is speaking "EX CATHEDRA"? [duplicate]
A related question and answer here. Following the comment: That may seem clear to some, however the idea and language of infallibility has evolved over hundreds of year and has many nuances. ...
How could a seventh-century heretic have possessed papal infallibility?
More specifically: How does the Roman Catholic Church reconcile the doctrine of Papal Infallibility with the Sixth Ecumenical Council's pronouncement regarding Pope Honorius? The Sixth Ecumenical ...
In Catholic understanding, did Paul speak/write ex cathedra while Peter was serving as Pope?
Catholic doctrine teaches that Peter was the first Pope and that Popes may speak "ex cathedra". When they do, that is considered infallible. However, while Peter was alive and presumably serving as ...
Why did it take so long for papal infallibility to be defined?
I have a question about papal infallibility. According to this source, That the Church is infallible in her definitions on faith and morals is itself a Catholic dogma, which, although it was ...
Can dogma ever be modified, and how does this relate to papal infallibility?
I have two questions related to the concept of dogma in the Catholic church. I appreciate any guidance. Also, references would be helpful. Is there any point in the history of the Roman Catholic ...
How does the doctrine of Papal Infallibility account for Peter's error?
I understand that the Catholic Churches teaches the doctrine of Papal Infallibility. How does that account for the Scripture that references Peter's error? But when Cephas came to Antioch, I ...
List of papal teachings considered infallible
After reading When does the Pope speak ex cathedra? I became curious and searched for a list of statements, but couldn't find one. Does such list exist and if not, why is this the case?