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9 years ago  ::  Mar 16, 2009 - 11:56PM #1
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When is the Pope infallible?

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9 years ago  ::  Mar 18, 2009 - 3:18AM #2
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i do believe papal infallibility has only been formally invoked once. so the answer is "rarely."

with regard to the criteria for evaluating whether a papal statement enjoys the privilege of infallibility -- the fullness of Truth has been revealed. basically, you might say, infallibility only covers the reiteration or articulation / detailing (which is called "defining") of this known Truth.

mind you, things are only spelled out when there's a need. putting an idea down in writing for the first time doesn't make it new or an addition or a change. you also have to be careful of the difference of a notion being new to you and it being new in the absolute.

house speaker nancy pelosi got herself in muddle over when human life begins and the bishops issued a corrective statement. she confused ensoulment with when human life begins. this is easy enough to do, because ensoulment often crops up during such a discussion, but it's not the same thing. her getting that wrong doesn't mean the church went back and forth on its story -- which she suggested, if i recall correctly -- it just meant she got it wrong.

you can google on "when is the pope infallible" and get stuff on this subject.

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