Category: “Heretical” Popes

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The infallibly erring Pope

“Even a stopped clock is right twice a day” — Popular proverb, unknown author One of the criticisms against our website we most often hear is: “you think that everything the Pope does or says is infallible.” Not so. We know full well that a Pope is only infallible when he makes an ex cathedra definition (even though it is also true that the Pope is acting infallibly in a sense when he promulgates a...

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How the pope’s critics sound like Calvin

Some people have reacted with hostility or mockery to my articles about the Pope Bashers behaving like Luther or Calvin. Presumably they think I mean they share the same errors on theology. Since they know they don’t, they think I’m making wild claims. But that misses the point. My point is that, whether or not they realize it, they show the same contempt for the Church that teaches against them and corrects them as the...

Was Pope Vigilius a Heretic?

The Infallibility of the Church and the Pope Catholic teaching holds that the Church is indefectible.  She can never fall away into error, but will forever hold fast to the true faith. Here is my summary of how the infallibility of the Church works, according to Catholic doctrine: The teaching authority of the Catholic Church resides in the “Magisterium,” which is simply the body of bishops who govern the Church in communion with the Bishop...