papal infallibility

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belief of the Roman Catholic Church that God protects the pope from error when he speaks about faith or morality

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The history of Vatican I gives us good reason to believe that, taking the infallibility of ecumenical councils in defining a doctrine of faith and morals to be a truth universally held, the bishops chose not to attempt at that time to settle further questions about infallible papal teaching, such as about the limits of its object, but simply to describe papal infallibility as that which the church has in defining doctrine.
Dollinger's public career may be roughly divided into three periods: (1) the search for Catholic renewal in Germany (1826-1850); (2) the critical-historical work (1851-1871), which is central to his achievement; and (3) the Post-Vatican period under excommunication (1872-1890), when he continued to defend his opposition to papal infallibility.
It's equally inflexible in defending the doctrines of the Virgin Birth, the Triune God, and Papal Infallibility.
Among the topics explored are his ultramontane spirituality, the Irish emigrant world, the system of national education in Ireland, channels of political communication during the first Gladstone administration 1868-74, John Henry Newman's perception of the archbishop of Dublin, the declaration of papal infallibility, and the remaking of Catholicism in the Antipodes.
Verhoeven concludes Transatlantic Anti-Catholicism by recounting the controversy of papal infallibility in the First Vatican Council and by returning to the provocative tale of Father Hyacinthe's estrangement from the Catholic Church and marriage to an American widow.
He's the bank clerk who behaves like Bono, the politician who believes he possesses Papal infallibility.
In its Roman Catholic version, fundamentalism freezes tradition through papal infallibility and theological triumphalism.
And because of something called papal infallibility, the Pope is, we are told, always correct and he may never be challenged.
This could mean accepting papal infallibility as expressed in the catechism, and if Rome remains inflexible on that point, Pope Benedict's initiative seems likely to fail.
If you want to question this, consider the belief in Papal infallibility, or the way that children believe in Father Christmas and the Easter Bunny, as well as the way that we encourage them to believe.
This issue alone shows Papal infallibility to be rank nonsense, even before the kickoff.
One of the most fascinating episodes is Moran's involvement in the first Vatican Council, which defined Papal Infallibility.
Chapter 9 explores differing responses to the issue of papal infallibility and the First Vatican Council, and chapter 10 takes the reader to the end of the century, with a waning of anti-Catholic sentiment, a "reflowering" of Catholicism, and a discussion of how "aspects of Decadent aesthetics are informed by a sense of sin and a longing for purity, both of which are dramatized for some writers in Catholic ceremonial" (48).
Eminent Catholic theologian Hans Kung was excluded from the chair of Catholic theology at Tubingen University in Germany for questioning papal infallibility.
Catholics are free to accept the church's positions on birth control, civil unions, abortion, gay rights, papal infallibility or stem cell research if they wish.