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Why doesn't the Pope try asserting doctrines ex cathedra to check if they're true?

Pope Pius XII—in his apostolic constitution that defines the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, Munificentissimus Deus (1950)—describes the process in which he sought counsel from all the bishops of ...
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Can a Pope elevate a non-heretical yet minority opinion to the level of dogma?

The Arian controversy was dealt with at a time when the doctrine of papal infallibility was not yet established. Although it was an ecumenical council which authoritatively declared Trinitarian ...
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Can a pope be a heretic?

What would happen if a pope were to be a formal heretic? Formal heresy is obstinately denying Catholic truths, even after being warned. If a pope were to define a "dogma" ex cathedra that ...
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Why are the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption of Mary such a big deal that all Catholics must believe in them?

Catholics believe that Mary was chosen, not so that she could be the Mother of God, but so that she could choose whether or not to be the Mother of God—and that in order to make this choice in ...
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What did the Trent lack with regard to Immaculate Conception that Ineffabilis Deus did not?

Pope Pius IX wrote in Ineffabilis Deus explicitly: Besides, we must note a fact of the greatest importance indeed. Even the Council of Trent itself, when it promulgated the dogmatic decree ...
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Were the Dictatus Papae considered to be spoken "ex cathedra"?

Were the Dictatus Papae considered to be spoke "ex cathedra"? I do not believe so, as the English translations from the Latin are unclear as to reveal the intended meaning and the authority ...
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Why are the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption of Mary such a big deal that all Catholics must believe in them?

It is important for a believer to have a proper understanding of Mary in order to have a proper understanding of Christ. What do I mean by that? Protestants always (I wanted to type "often") look on ...
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