Wikipedia defines Papal Infallibility as:

In Catholic theology, papal infallibility is the dogma that, by action of the Holy Spirit, the Pope is preserved from even the possibility of error[1] when he solemnly declares or promulgates to the Church a dogmatic teaching on faith or morals as being contained in divine revelation, or at least being intimately connected to divine revelation. For all such infallible teachings, the Holy Spirit also works through the body of the Church to ensure that the teaching will be received by all Catholics.

This doctrine was defined dogmatically in the First Vatican Council of 1870. According to Catholic theology, there are several concepts important to the understanding of infallible, divine revelation: Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the Sacred Magisterium. The infallible teachings of the pope are part of the Sacred Magisterium, which also consists of ecumenical councils and the “ordinary and universal magisterium”. In Catholic theology, papal infallibility is one of the channels of the infallibility of the Church. The infallible teachings of the pope must be based on, or at least not contradict, Sacred Tradition or Sacred Scripture. Papal infallibility does not signify that the pope is impeccable, i.e., that he is specially exempt from liability to sin.

According to The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Catholicism: “In reality, the pope seldom uses his power of infallibility……rather than being some mystical power of the pope, infallibility means the church allows the office of the pope to be the ruling agent in deciding what will be accepted as formal beliefs in the church.”[2] Since the 1870 solemn declaration of Papal Infallibility by Vatican I, this power has been used only once: in 1950 when Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary as being an article of faith for Roman Catholics.

I was drawn particularly to two statements. The first: “This doctrine was defined dogmatically in the First Vatican Council of 1870.” Why did it take the catholic church all those years to determine that their pope is infallible? Was he not infallible before? Pope Pius IX was the one who came up with this doctrine. He also formally defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception and organized the First Vatican Council (which defined the dogma of papal infallibility). Why would someone need to devise a law that would state that he was infallible? What did he have to hide or what agenda did he have to push to warrant such a drastic dogma? I mean, this isn’t just “You should obey what I say because of my position as pope.” Not at all! This is saying that he cannot make a mistake!

In a speech in 1871 Pope Pius IX called the Jews of Rome “dogs” and said: “of these dogs, there are too many of them at present in Rome, and we hear them howling in the streets, and they are disturbing us in all places.” Jesus Christ was Jewish – our salvation comes from the God of the Jews. (Jon 2:9) But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD. (Joh 4:22) Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. These words from the pope’s mouth almost sound like those of Hitler!

So here are the two visible things he promoted: (1) Mary was sinless at her birth and (2) he hated Jews.

The second quote from Wikipedia that stuck out to me was: “In Catholic theology, papal infallibility is one of the channels of the infallibility of the Church. The infallible teachings of the pope must be based on, or at least not contradict, Sacred Tradition or Sacred Scripture” This is a contradiction in itself. According to this statement, Papal ruling must not contradict Tradition OR Scripture! Where does it say in the Bible that Mary was born sinless? The Word of God is quite clear that all men have sinned:

(Rom 3:23) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;(Rom 5:12) Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned

(Isa 53:6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

(Rom 3:10) As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

(Psa 14:3) They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

(Psa 53:3) Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

(Rom 3:12) They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Mary needed a Saviour just like you and I. Rom 3:23 states that ALL men have sinned and Rom. 5:12 says that sin entered into the world by one man and all since him have sinned. David wrote in (Psa 51:5) Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. that he was brought forth in iniquity and in sin when his mother conceived him. This is Scriptural proof of man’s sinful nature from the time of conception. The law of Moses stated that every mother that conceived, either a male or female, had to offer sacrifices to God: one as a burnt offering, and one as a sin offering (see Lev 12). Luke 2:21-24 emphatically shows how Mary made these sacrifices in obedience to the Law God gave to Moses. Since Mary obeyed this laws from Lev 12, it is clear that the offerings Mary made were a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons (see Luk 2:24) – according to (Lev 12:8 ), one for the burnt offering and the other for a sin offering: This is ample evidence that Mary was a sinner. Furthermore, Mary said, “My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour” (Luk 1:46-47). Why say “God my Saviour” if you are not a sinner in need of salvation?

If the infallibility of the pope is questionable in these two areas, what other areas are there that one has not even researched? You will be held accountable for buying into the lies of the catholic church because God has left His Bible for you to read and study. The Word of God is final.

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  1. Pingback: Wikipedia » Papal Infallibility

  2. Great post Kate.
    Isn’t it funny, how we have to die because of our sin and if the Pope doesn’t have any sin, then why do they have to keep replacing him.

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