- The Catechism Of The Roman Catholic Church Boldly Declares:
So, the pope can say whatever he wants, as long as he does not speak ex-cathedra? If so, then how come Scripture never implies the existence of such a distinction? How does such a scenario not corrode personal accountability?
If the pope was meant to be the infallible speaking instrument of the church by authorization of the Lord Jesus Christ, then why did so many church councils have to assemble (for periods of many years) to resolve doctrinal disputes? What was stopping the pope from resolving those matters once for all by simply making ex-cathedra statements?
If the Church of Rome truly believed that we needed to be guided by its allegedly infallible interpretations of Scripture, then why has it dogmatically interpreted so few passages throughout church history?
Why did it take nearly 1,500 years for the Church of Rome to officially declare the apocrypha as canonical?
If the church was meant to be infallible, then why is it that the Apostle Paul exhorted his younger companion Timothy to watch and guard his doctrine?:
"Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers." (1 Timothy 4:16)
"Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you." (2 Timothy 1:14)
Is it reasonable to uphold the Roman Catholic dogma of papal infallibility in light of the fact that the pope can officially be deemed a heretic?
Why is it that papal infallibility was not officially considered a dogma until 1870? Following is an excerpt from A Doctrinal Catechism, authored by Stephen Keenan, bearing the Imprimatur of Scotch Roman Catholic Bishops, prior to 1870:
"Must not Catholics believe the pope himself to be infallible? This is a Protestant invention; it is no article of the faith; no decision of his can oblige, under pain of heresy, unless it is received and enforced by the teaching body, that is, the bishops of the church."
This question and answer section bears significance because it was removed from Keenan's catechism after 1870.
Comments On The Ecumenical Spirit Of Vatican Two--Does This Really Sound Like An Infallible Church Council?:
"There were times, however, when no reconciling statement could be found, and attempts to induce a surrender by one side or the other failed. In those cases, the Council would only endorse both positions with professional aplomb as if their mutual incompatibility were no longer glaringly obvious." (Evangelical Review of Theology, p. 153)