It is alleged that now the Vatican decree concerning the infallible teaching authority of the Roman Pontiff having been proclaimed that nothing further on that score can give any solicitude, and accordingly, since that has been safeguarded and put beyond question a wider and freer field both for thought and action lies open to each one. But such reasoning is evidently faulty, since, if we are to come to any conclusion from the infallible teaching authority of the Church, it should rather be that no one should wish to depart from it, and moreover that the minds of all being leavened and directed thereby, greater security from private error would be enjoyed by all. And further, those who avail themselves of such a way of reasoning seem to depart seriously from the over-ruling wisdom of the Most High-which wisdom, since it was pleased to set forth by most solemn decision the authority and supreme teaching rights of this Apostolic See-willed that decision precisely in order to safeguard the minds of the Church’s children from the dangers of these present times.

These dangers, viz., the confounding of license with liberty, the passion for discussing and pouring contempt upon any possible subject, the assumed right to hold whatever opinions one pleases upon any subject and to set them forth in print to the world, have so wrapped minds in darkness that there is now a greater need of the Church’s teaching office than ever before, lest people become unmindful both of conscience and of duty.

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Pope Leo XIII

Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae

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  1. Avatar jong says:

    Dear Pedro,
    “Which Pope said this” is really a good way of appreciating the teaching of the Church with regards to Popes Infallibility nad the authority of the Church Magisterium, but I do hope you could write an article how the Church Traditions and Doctrines understood Book of Acts passage where St.Paul “rebuked or corrected” Peter as this has been the weapon being used by the Rad Trads & Dissenters to justify their bad attitude towards the Pope either thru rebellion,opposition,resistance and disobedience.
    Please correct me if Im wrong with my understanding on that particular passage…
    St.Paul rebuked Peter or reprimanded his behavior and not for teaching an error or heresy but because the Holy Spirit inspiration that the converted Jews must show fraternal charity towards the Gentiles must be accepted, lived and embraced by all the converted Jews as Christians.
    St.Peter in that passages already upheld that teaching as he was seen eating with the Gentiles and conversing with them. It just so happened that when the Disciple of James arrived at the scene they were expressing a disgust about Peter’s behavior, the Disciple of James perhaps because of their embraced Jewish customs had not yet fully accepted this teaching inspired thru St.Paul that they must accept Gentiles as their brother in Christ. And, so, Peter perhaps stood up for a moment to approach the Disciple of James perhaps to explain to them that it is now an approved Doctrines as approved in the Council of Jerusalem, but Barnabas stoop up also and left the Gentiles causing a bad scenario as both St.Peter and Barnabas left the table. The Gentiles in my discernment were not offended by St.Peter & Barnabas actions as they knew that it is just a new teaching and they are thankful to St.Peter and Barnabas for their fraternal charity by eating & conversing with them. But, St.Paul was inspired by the Holy Spirit since he was pious and docile to Her voice and saw that the “bad scene in the eyes of the Jews” as a good way to highlight or make a good point to remind all the Jews and the Gentiles especially the Disciple of James that the Holy Spirit inspired a new teaching that we are all “One brother in Christ” as Christians, no Jews no Gentiles but all are children of God. The “rebuked or correction” was done by St.Paul at the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. St.Paul convicted St.Peter and Barnabas “lack of courage” to openly expressed fraternal charity at that moment but not in a manner that was interpreted by so many Rad Trads & Dissenters nowadays justifying their opposition & resistance to the Pope.
    The Holy Spirit “convicts” the behavior of St.Peter & Barnabas and not in anyway She inspired St.Paul to “accused” St.Peter of anything related to error or heresy with regards to Church Doctrines or teachings. (Note: I normally addressed the Holy Spirit as “She” as feminine is attributed to Hebrew word)

    Please correct me if my understanding of that particular passage is lacking in Truth or perhaps wrong in the way the Church Fathers or the Church Magisterium understand this particular scene in the Book of Acts. God bless.S&IHMMP4us.Amen

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