Sunday, September 10, 2017

Papal Infallibility Refuted

  • Defining Papal Infallibility:
          -The Church of Rome teaches that the Pope cannot pronounce doctrinal error when making official declarations from his chair in matters pertinent to faith and morals ("ex-cathedra"). In other words, Roman Catholicism maintains that the head Roman bishop cannot error when speaking in his fullest capacity, and not as a mere private theologian. Also, it is believed that the entire body of legitimate Roman Catholic bishops, who constitute the teaching office commonly known as the "Magisterium", cannot error when they unanimously agree on a doctrine formally defined by the their leader. In short, this is what knowledgeable Roman Catholics mean when they speak of their church hierarchy as being infallible.
  • The Words Of Martin Luther At The Diet Of Worms, While Still A Roman Catholic Priest:
          -"Unless I am convinced by the testimonies of Scripture or evident reason for I do not believe either Pope or councils alone, since it is certain that they have both erred frequently and contradicted themselves...I neither can nor wish to revoke anything."
  • A Quotation From A Speech Written By Roman Catholic Bishop Strossmayer From Croatia In Opposition To The Recent Establishment Of The Papal Infallibility Doctrine In 1870 A.D. At The First Vatican Council:
          -“I conclude victoriously, with history, with reason, with logic, with good sense, and with Christian conscience, that Jesus Christ did not confer any supremacy on Peter, and that the bishops of Rome did not become sovereigns of the church, but only by confiscating one by one all the rights of the episcopate.” ("Against Papal Infallibility”, Wittenberg Publications, 136 Main Street, Toronto Canada M4E 2V8. ISBN 0-921716-12-5)
  • Testimonial From Roman Catholic Scholars Frank K. Flinn And J. Gordon Melton That Many In The Church Of Rome Stood In Opposition To The Notion Of Papal Infallibility During The Period Of The First Vatican Council:
          -"In protest, 55 council members left Rome the day before the final vote. Amid widespread disagreement and protest over the council, those now known as OLD CATHOLICS separated from communion with Rome." (Frank K. Flinn, J. Gordon Melton, Encyclopedia of Catholicism, p. 621)
  • Papal Infallibility Is A False Doctrine Of Roman Catholicism Because History Has Shown Us That Popes Can Officially Teach Heresy:
          -If the Roman Catholic doctrine of papal infallibility is historical, then how could the Sixth Ecumenical Council officially anathematize Pope Honorius I (A.D. 625-638) for enforcing the heresy of Monotheletism on the entire Christian church (his heretical proclamation began with, "We confess one will of our Lord Jesus Christ...”)?
  • Roman Catholic Tradition Cannot Simply Be Deemed Infallible Because It Continually Evolves:
          -Though Catholics do not want to hear this, it is a proven fact of history that the Church of Rome has placed into effect changeable, and even contradictory, church traditions. Examples would include, but are not limited to, Pope Gelasius denying the validity of the Mary's bodily assumption, upholding the notion that no one can be saved outside the Roman Catholic Church, and the denial of valid marriages to non-Catholics. In modern times, however, Rome has affirmed the exact opposite of the previously listed church traditions. In fact, Rome has referred to Protestants as "Separated Brethren". Recently decreed dogmas of Romanism would include the immaculate conception of Mary (1854) and the assumption of Mary (1950). Many other examples could be provided of Roman Catholicism altering its traditions in accordance to the times.
  • There Inevitably Exists Circular Reasoning In The Operational Processes Of The Roman Catholic Hierarchy:
          -How can a Roman Catholic know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Church of Rome is infallible, and that it is the only true church which was originally established by our Lord Jesus Christ? How can one come to the conclusion that Rome's interpretation of Scripture is always correct? From the Catholic perspective, people must submit themselves to the authority claims of their church by resorting to the Catholic hierarchy's interpretations of Scripture and seeking its approval. In other words, the Church of Rome argues its validity by appealing to its own claims to having been sanctioned by God to govern Christianity. Thus, the pope wields the gift of infallibility through the power of the Holy Spirit "because he said so"As church historian Bruce Shelley once said, "Up to the time of Constantine history offers no conclusive evidence that the bishop of Rome exercised jurisdiction outside of Rome. Honor, yes; jurisdiction, no." (Bruce L. Shelley, Church History in Plain Language, p. 151)

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