The Pope and Infallibility: What’s the deal?

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Q: The Pope and infallibility: What’s the deal?

A: All the genuine prophets of old were also endowed with the power of infallibility when they spoke the “word of the Lord” to the people of Israel.

Caiaphas, the hopelessly corrupt high priest who sent Jesus to his death, was able to speak infallibly, according to the power of his office, occupying the “Chair of Moses” (John 11:49).

When speaking on matters of faith and morals, as the chief pastor of the Church, and when he declares himself to be doing so, the Pope is also capable of speaking infallibly, occupying the “Chair of Peter”.

While this matter was officially confirmed by the whole church only a couple of hundred years ago, it was understood and accepted by the church since the earliest days, mainly because when God himself says that he will bind in Heaven whatever you (the pope) choose to bind on earth (Matthew 16:19) that is just about as infallible as any non-divine human can get.

Near as we can tell, over some 2,000 years, the pope has spoken infallibly in that way, only TWICE.

Nothing new, novel, or abusive there, at all.

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