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Is the Pope Emeritus infallible?

No, a retired pope is not infallible because that guarantee is not a personal quality; it is attached to the office that he no longer holds. This is true in terms of the pope’s extraordinary teaching ...
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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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According to Catholicism, does an individual bishop have the safeguard of Infallibility or Indefectibility?

According to Catholicism, do individual bishops have the safeguard of Infallibility or Indefectibility? The short answer on both counts is no. To start off with, I would like to quote Pope St. Paul VI ...
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Did the apostolic or early church fathers acknowledge Papal infallibility?

I found an official Roman Catholic web site with an article entitled ‘Did the early church fathers espouse papal infallibility?’ The first article (link below) opened with this observation: The ...
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What does the phrase "Undermine the deposit of faith" mean?

The seriousness of the charge This is what Bishop Joseph Strickland said on X / Twitter on May 12, 2023: ... I believe Pope Francis is the Pope but it is time for me to say that I reject his program ...
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Did the apostolic or early church fathers acknowledge Papal infallibility?

St. Robert Bellarmine, On the Roman Pontiff (from De Controversiis), vol. 2, Book IV: "On the Supreme Spiritual Power of the Pope", ch. I: "Whether the Pope Is the Supreme Judge in ...
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According to Catholicism, does an individual bishop have the safeguard of Infallibility or Indefectibility?

Bishops "infallible when in agreement with the Roman Pontiff they impose on the faithful a doctrine to be held definitively". Sacræ Theologiæ Summa IB p. 198: Bishops, successors of the ...
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How could a seventh-century heretic have possessed papal infallibility?

Everett Ferguson, in Church History, I, 17.I, summarizes Roman Catholic response to this question as follows: Roman Catholics have defended Honorius's orthodoxy (and so papal infallibility) by ...
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What is meant by "faith and morals" with regards to papal infallibility?

The First Vatican Council's Pastor Æternus said, under Pope Pius IX's authority, regarding papal infallibility: …we teach and define that it is a dogma divinely revealed: that the Roman Pontiff, when ...
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Could "The human soul is created at the moment of conception." be defined as dogma?

For something to be declared a Dogma, two conditions are required: 1) the statement is within the scope of Dogma. This is, it refers to faith or morals. 2) the statement does not contradict other ...
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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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Is the Catholic canonized Bible closed?

First of all, and purely as an incidental note, most Christians are Catholic (though that's just barely true). To allow that the Pope can speak infallibly is different from "keeping the canon open", ...
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What is meant by "faith and morals" with regards to papal infallibility?

Faith and Morals "Faith and morals" is not a technical formula. It basically just means "beliefs and actions." The phrase itself is not meant to limit the scope of teaching, it ...
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What is Ultramontanism & Neo-ultramontanism?

The English word "overseas" is used to refer generally to other countries, or parts of the world. This stems from the fact that historically the majority of English speakers, when going to another ...
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What level of submission do Catholics give to random things the Pope says?

TLDR; We are expected to apply our normal human reasoning and communication skills to understand the Pope's (or any Bishop's) intended level of authority. Consider the context. Consider the phrasing. ...
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Incompatibilities between Vatican II and the Council of Florence on salvation outside the Church?

Incompatibilities between Vatican II and the Council of Florence on salvation outside the Church? This is one of the most misunderstood teachings of the Catholic Church. Before going on I would like ...
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Is the statement "That heretics be burned is against the will of the Spirit." still a statement which is against Catholic truth?

Well, yes. Whether or not Exsurge Domini is infallible, and to what degree (All of it? Part of it? Which parts?) is probably up for debate, but we can assume for the sake of simplicity that this ...
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Is the statement "That heretics be burned is against the will of the Spirit." still a statement which is against Catholic truth?

If we grant the claim that Exsurge Domine is infallible teaching, then there is no "still" about it. That just reframes the question, of course. There are some Catholics who (wrongly) ...
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What does the phrase "Undermine the deposit of faith" mean?

Pope Pius XII's 1950 encyclical Humani Generis is subtitled: Concerning Some False Opinions Threatening to Undermine (subruere) the Foundations of Catholic DoctrineDe nonnullis falsis opinionibus, ...
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According to Catholicism, are encyclicals considered infallible?

Does the Catholic Church consider all encyclicals infallible? The short answer is no. According to Catholicism, not all encyclicals are completely infallible in their statements. Even the Catholic ...
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Is the statement "That heretics be burned is against the will of the Spirit." still a statement which is against Catholic truth?

There are three issues to consider. 1. Whether the statement is indeed infallible, as it appears to be from its introduction: "With the advice and consent of these our venerable brothers, with ...
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Is the statement "That heretics be burned is against the will of the Spirit." still a statement which is against Catholic truth?

Is the statement "That heretics be burned is against the will of the Spirit." still a statement which is against Catholic truth? I really do not see how this would be an infallible statement....
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Incompatibilities between Vatican II and the Council of Florence on salvation outside the Church?

Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus Let's examine the issue of salvation outside the Church by looking at the very first of at least seven dogmatic definitions: Pope Innocent III, Fourth Lateran Council, ...
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How can Roman Catholic "consensus fidelium" provide genuine assurance of infallibility in situations where anathema is pronounced?

I created an account just to answer this, because although I may not be a Catholic, but I see that you've raised such a critical question. In essence, I believe your question can be posed as: "...
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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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Is the Pope Emeritus infallible?

I also think that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has lost supernatural assistance and related "infallibility" about his possible formal declarations concerning faith and moral as Pope when he abdicated ...
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Identifying General and Universal Magisterium

I believe that the OP means: Identifying Ordinary and Universal Magisterium of the Catholic Church. I can understand some confusion on this topic as the terms in use are in no way constant and even ...
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