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  Infallibility of the Church - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Examples of infallible papal definitions (and, hence, of teachings of the sacred magisterium) are Pius IX's definition of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, and Pius XII's definition of the Assumption of Mary.
Such infallible papal decrees must be made by the Pope, in his role as leader of the whole Church, and they must be definitive decisions on matters of faith and morals which are binding on the whole Church.
"The infallibility of the Church does not mean that the Church, in the assembly of the Fathers or in the expression of the Conscience of the Church, has already formally expressed all the truths of faith and norms.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Infallibility_of_the_Church   (1477 words)

That the Church is infallible in her definitions on faith and morals is itself a Catholic dogma, which, although it was formulated ecumenically for the first time in the Vatican Council, had been explicitly taught long before and had been assumed from the very beginning without question down to the time of the Protestant Reformation.
In Matthew 16:18, we have the promise that "the gates of hell shall not prevail" against the Church that is to be built on the rock; and this also, we maintain, implies the assurance of the Church's infallibility in the exercise of her teaching office.
The only noteworthy objections against papal infallibility, as distinct from the infallibility of the Church at large, are based on certain historical instances in which it is alleged that certain popes in the ex cathedra exercise of their office have actually taught heresy and condemned as heretical what has afterwards turned out to be true.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/07790a.htm   (7330 words)

Infallibility, in Christian theology, is the doctrine that in matters of faith and morals the church, both in teaching and in believing, is protected from substantive error by divine dispensation.
In the mean-time historians have shown that indefectibility of the church was the received view in the West down to about 1200, slowly replaced then by infallibility of the church and finally by infallibility of the papacy, a position first proposed around 1300 but hotly debated in the schools and never officially sanctioned until 1870.
The church accepts and preserves the infallible Word as the true standard of its apostolicity; for the Word itself, i.e., Holy Scripture, owes its infallibility, not to any intrinsic or independent quality, but to the divine subject and author to whom the term infallibility may properly be applied.
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 Papal Infallibility
The infallibility of the pope is not a doctrine that suddenly appeared in Church teaching; rather, it is a doctrine which was implicit in the early Church.
Infallibility is not a substitute for theological study on the part of the pope.
Turning to history, critics of the Church cite certain "errors of the popes." Their argument is really reduced to three cases, those of Popes Liberius, Vigilius, and Honorius, the three cases to which all opponents of papal infallibility turn; because they are the only cases that do not collapse as soon as they are mentioned.
www.catholic.com /library/Papal_Infallibility.asp   (2112 words)

 CRITICAL NOTICE Regarding the Infallibility of the Church - Theandros - Online Journal of Orthodox Christian Theology ...
The question of the Church's infallibility cannot addressed within the parameters of natural law alone which is limited to human reasoning.
The Holy Church is referred to in the New Testament as "The Kingdom of God", founded by our Lord Jesus Christ, who empowered the holy apostles to bring the Church into the entire world, led by the Holy Spirit, the Comforter whom He sent "to guide you into all truth (John 16:13)".
To argue that the Church is not infallible when it comes to her dogmatic and moral teaching would thus be a contradictory if not ludicrous waste of time.
www.theandros.com /infall_cn.html   (544 words)

 Reply to Salmon's Infallibility   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
It seems that Infallibility is still recommended by their clergy to non-Catholics who have begun to wonder whether perhaps the Catholic claims are true, and it appears that the allegation is made that the book has never been answered.
Salmon attacks the Church's infallibility in general, and the infallibility of the Pope in particular.
His attack on Papal infallibility is on the whole a posteriori: this dogma can be shown not to have been an original constituent of the Christian revelation, and it is disproved by the fact that Popes have contradicted one another.
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 Papal Infallibility
Infallible papal pronouncements are few because they could not be made without merely endorsing earlier infallible pronouncements from other sources, namely ecumenical councils or the unanimous teaching of the Early Church Fathers.
Remember that in order for a pope to exercise the charism of infallibility, he must offically be defining a doctrine relating to faith or morals—the pope is not infallible when it comes to science or any other field of thought, furthermore, the other two conditions to pronounce an infallible doctrine were not present.
If the Church is to do what Christ said it would do, and not do what he said it would not do, such as have the gates of hell prevail against it, it must be able to teach infallibly The Church cannot teach heresy, or it ceases to be Jesus’ church.
www.catholicfaithandreason.org /papal_infallibility.htm   (3454 words)

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The active infallibility of the Church is exercised in a special way by the Pope and the Bishops in union with the Pope.
is a statement of the Church’s faith and of catholic doctrine, attested to or illumined by Sacred Scripture, the Apostolic Tradition and the Church’s Magisterium.
If the Church were not infallible, anybody could just "conjure" up their own doctrines and beliefs, and nobody would be in any position to tell them that they are wrong.
members.tripod.com /catholicact/actno14.htm   (2618 words)

 The Papacy - book 2, chapter 7
The Bible, according to the Romanist, is the written law,--the Church is the interpreter or judge;[14] and the example of England and other countries is appealed to as an analogous case, where the written laws are administered by living judges.
That the fathers are not only not infallible, but are not even exempt from the faults of obscurity and inconsistency, is manifest from the voluminous commentaries which have been written to make their meaning clear, as well as from the fact, that the fathers directly contradict one another, and the same father sometimes contradicts himself.
Now, in the Pope the infallibility is less diffused, and therefore, one should think, more accessible, than when lodged in councils; and yet Papists are as far as ever from being able to avail themselves practically of this infallibility for the settlement of their doubts and controversies.
www.freepres.org /papacy/pap02-07.htm   (5621 words)

The Church of Scotland acknowledges the Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, to be the supreme rule of faith and life.
The dilemma in which the Reformed Church finds itself, therefore, is that to make the infallibility of holy scripture effective it would have to concede a form of infallibility to the Church, but to do this would be to destroy the justification for its secession in the Middle Ages from the Catholic Church.
The continuation into history of the infallible proclamation of the truth revealed in the Word made flesh began with the apostolic preaching —we have records of this in the sermons to be found in the Acts of the Apostles.
www.catholic.net /rcc/Periodicals/Faith/1998-03-04/infallibility.html   (2921 words)

 A Primer on Infallibility
The true Church of Christ is to be found among those clergy and laity who adhere to the traditional Mass, liturgy, law, and teachings of the Catholic Church as they existed before the Modernist changes of Vatican Council II.
This is one of the three attributes of the Church, flowing from her very nature, whereby the Church is preserved from error when it teaches or believes a doctrine.
The Church, naturally, is infallible only in those matters that pertain to her mission of conducting souls to heaven: faith and morals.
www.cmri.org /primer.html   (1217 words)

 The Church
The aim of the Church was to embody the Holy as it existed in the mind of Jesus, and had it succeeded, it would have realized the Atonement that is, the reconciliation of Spirit and Matter and all their products.
Hence the symbol of the cross, signifying to the Church an original and necessary antithesis between God and man which call be removed only by the sacrifice of justice to mercy.
Hence the claims of the Church over civil institutions, its right to bestow the crowns of kings, to place kingdoms under ban, to absolve subjects from their allegiance, and all the wars and atagonism between Church and State.
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 Conciliar Infallibility: Church Documents   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
In it the bishops, whilst loyally respecting the primacy and pre-eminence of their head, exercise their own proper authority for the good of their faithful, indeed even for the good of the whole Church, the organic structure and harmony of which are strengthened by the continued influence of the Holy Spirit.
This infallibility, however, with which the divine redeemer wished to endow his Church in defining doctrine pertaining to faith and morals, is co-extensive with the deposit of revelation, which must be religiously guarded and loyally and courageously expounded.
The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, assembled in the Holy Spirit and under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whom we have declared Mother of the Church, and of St. Joseph, her glorious spouse, and of the Apostles SS.
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 Conversation on Infallibility   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Catholic claims Jesus established the Catholic Church, that no "apostasy" occurred, that no "restoration" was required, and that the very Church spoken of in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, etc centuries to the present is the very Catholic Church established by Christ.
Since God is infallible, and Jesus is God and therefore infallible, the teaching of His visible, sacramental, hierarchical authoritative Church must be infallible, since it teaches with His authority guided by the Holy Spirit of truth (John 14:16f; 16:13f; these statements taken from the NT as a reliable historical record of his words), etc.
It was taken for granted that the teaching of Christ's Church (for example the Bishops as successors of the Apostles in an Ecumenical Council) had divine and final authority (thus infallible).
hometown.aol.com /philvaz/articles/num45.htm   (4389 words)

 The Infallibility of the Catholic Church (Pastoral Letter by Bishop Pivarunas, CMRI)
By the term ‘general discipline of the Church’ are meant those ecclesiastical laws passed for the universal Church for the direction of Christian worship and Christian living.
The Church was endowed with infallibility that it might safeguard the whole of Christ’s doctrine and be for all men a trustworthy teacher of the Christian way of life.
The reason for this lengthy explantion of the Church’s property of infallibility is that this is the strongest argument against the Conciliar Church of Vatican Council II.
www.cmri.org /96prog5.htm   (1804 words)

In those times when the Church is between popes, She is united in government by being submitted both to the popes which have already gone and to the popes yet to come.
The "infallibility of the Church" is always the product of the Church echoing what is taught by Her popes.
For him to claim that his jurisdiction is over any less than all of the Church is for him to relinquish the universal authority of the papacy and take on a status similar to that of the other bishops.
www.the-pope.com /church01.html   (2160 words)

 infallibility. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
The Orthodox Eastern Church holds that only the church, taken as an integral community and spiritual body guided by the Holy Spirit, is infallible.
Roman Catholics hold that the infallibility of the church is vested in the pope, when he speaks ex cathedra (i.e., from the chair of Peter, as the visible head of the church) on matters of faith and morals.
The dogma of papal infallibility was enunciated by the First Vatican Council (1870).
www.bartleby.com /65/in/infallib.html   (220 words)

 Roman Infallibility - Credenda/Agenda
When Rome speaks of ecclesiastical infallibility it isn't claiming divine inspiration or new revelation; and it doesn't claim the persons or councils teaching infallibly are sinless.
The promises are quite broad and general ("all truth"), yet Rome insists on excluding many of the Church's pronouncements on science and anything outside of "faith and morals." In fact, their qualifications appear quite ad hoc and convoluted.
Not only is infallibility limited to faith and morals, but within that scope, it doesn't apply to all conciliar or papal pronouncements or to the motives or even the arguments used to justify a particular declaration.
www.credenda.org /issues/8-5nonest.php?type=print   (876 words)

 Reply to Salmon's Infallibility -- Anglican George Salmon anti-Catholic book on Papacy
The classic refutation of papal infallibility was written by George Salmon, The Infallibility of the Church (1914).
The following is adapted from the book The Church and Infallibility: A Reply to the Abridged "Salmon" (Sheed and Ward, 1954) written by the head abbot of Downside Abbey (which in the past has been a stalwart defense of the Papacy) in England, B.C. Butler.
that the Catholic Church is the central, full and typical historical result, outcome, representative, of the impact on history of Jesus of Nazareth.
www.bringyou.to /apologetics/num11.htm   (3488 words)

 The Church: Apologetics Index Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
On the Hierarchy of the Church (Church Fathers; ed.
The Church and Infallibility: A Reply to George Salmon's The Infallibility of the Church
The Sufficiency of Scripture and the Church Fathers (Particularly, St. Athanasius and the Trinity) (Dave Armstrong vs. E.L. Hamilton and "Cranmer")
ic.net /~erasmus/RAZ12.HTM   (964 words)

 On the Church of Christ : prefact   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Church Considered in Her Integrality (at once in glory and in time) and the Church Considered Only According As She Is in Time
Invisible Presence In the Visible Church and Invisible Presence Of the Visible Church
The Person of the Church Is Indefectibly Holy: Her Personnel Is Not
www.nd.edu /Departments/Maritain/etext/otcoc.htm   (75 words)

 Lamson Library   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Salt, Leaven, And Light : The Community Called Church
The Church And The Secular Order In Reformation Thought
The Church In Search Of Itself, By Robert S. Paul
www.plymouth.edu /library/opac/subjkey/church   (52 words)

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