Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What the Church says about the Pope....from the MY CATHOLIC FAITH catechism

    When does the Church teach infallibly through the Pope alone? --The Church teaches infallibly through the Pope alone, when he speaks officially (ex cathedra) as the Supreme Head, for the entire universal Church.
    As the Pope has authority over the Church, he could not err in his official teaching without leading the Church into error. As Our Lord said to Peter, the first Pope: "I have prayed for thee, that thy faith may not fail; and do thou, when once thou hast turned again, strengthen thy brethren" (Luke 22:31-32).
    In order to speak infallibly, the Pope must speak ex-cathedra, or officially, under the following conditions:

  1. He must pronounce himself on a subject of faith or morals. Infallibility is restricted to questions regarding faith and morals. The Church pronounces on natural sciences and on legislation only when the perversity of men makes of them instruments for opposing revealed truths.If the Pope should make judgments on mathematics or civil governments, he is as liable to error as any other man with the same experience. Letters to kings and other rulers are not infallible pronouncements. However, we should hold the Pope's opinions on any subject with great respect, on account of his position and experience.
  2. He must speak as the Vicar of Christ, in his office as Pope, and to the whole Church, to all the faithful throughout the world. In his capacity as private teacher, for example, in his encyclical letters, he is as any other teacher of the Church.Should the Pope, like Benedict XIV, write a treatise on Canon Law, his book would be written in a private capacity, and liable to error, just as the books of other theologians. We accept, not on faith, but in obedience to his authority, out of respect for his experience and wisdom.
  3. He must make clear by certain words his intention to speak ex-cathedra. These words are most often used: "We proclaim," "we define," etc.The Pope's infallible decrees are termed "doctrinal," since they involve doctrine. From the earliest days of the Church, the infallibility of the Pope has been acknowledged. In the year 417 the Holy See condemned the Pelagian errors; St. Augustine cried out the famous words, "Rome has spoken; the cause is ended!" The Council of Florence in 1439 called the Pope "the Father and Teacher of Christians."


newguy40 said...

Ha. SOMEONE found the large font and underline key on her pc!

I have one co-worker (non RC) who is constantly asking me... "Did you hear what the Pope just said? Insert item here." I generally shrug it off but it's useful to have this from the CCC. Not that many Catholics or Non Catholics pay any attention to CCC.

Joe Potillor said...

Yep, most definitely not everything the Pope says is infallible, arguably, we have the definition of infalbility precisely because virtually everything the Pope says on a daily basis is fallible, and can have heresy or theological errors in them.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

1, who is or who isn't a saint is a question of faith and morals;
2, a canonisation, unlike a mere beatification, is intending to bind the whole Church;
3, Bergoglio made that intention very clear on that bad day in 2014.

So, if "Pope Francis" was/is Pope, "John Paul II" is a saint. And so is "John XXIII".

If Wojtyla is not a canonisable saint or if Roncalli isn't or if neither is, Bergoglio is not Pope.

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E 69 120 15
R 82 200 17
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