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"The Roman See has never erred, and never will err, because of Christ's promise." (Pope St. Agatho, 680 A.D.) [Reminder: This infallibility is limited to applicable dogmatic teachings, and not to purely pastoral or other decisions or teachings which are not ex cathedra.]

"All true followers of Christ believe in the infallibility of the Roman pontiff in the sense defined by the Vatican Council [I] with the same faith as they believe in the incarnation of our Lord." (Pope Pius XI)

"Against an enemy so artful [as the devil] the infallible light of the Church is very necessary." (Fr. Delaporte)

"Oh yes; men are made infallible because Jesus is with and in them! In everything else they are men like ourselves; but the Chair on which they are throned is supported by the arm of God; it is the Chair of Truth upon the earth." (Gueranger)

"For men whom the truth had set free were to be preserved by the truth; nor would the fruits of heavenly doctrines by which salvation comes to men have long remained had not the Lord Christ appointed an unfailing teaching authority to train the minds to faith." (Pope Leo XIII, "Aeterni Patris", 1879)

"The infallibility promised to the Church resides also in the body of bishops when that body exercises supreme teaching authority with the successor of Peter." (Second Vatican Council) [Note: Bishops do not individually partake of infallibility. Collectively, bishops may enjoy infallibility of teaching only in certain instances, and only when exercised in union with the Pope.]

"Can. 1326 Bishops also, although individually and even gathered in particular Councils they do not partake of infallibility in teaching, nevertheless, for those faithful committed to their care under the authority of the Roman Pontiff, they are truly doctors and teachers." (1917 Code of Canon Law)

"The apostolic college is to be exposed to the fury of hell; but Peter alone is to confirm his brethren in the faith. His teaching shall ever be conformable to divine truth; it shall ever be infallible: Jesus has prayed that it may be so. Such a prayer is all-powerful; and thereby, the Church, ever docile to the voice of Peter, shall for ever maintain the doctrine of Christ." (Gueranger)

"Certainly this teaching authority of the Church, not by any merely human effort but under the protection of the Spirit of Truth, and therefore absolutely without error, carries out the commission entrusted to it, that of preserving the revealed truths pure and entire throughout every age, in such a way that it presents them undefiled, adding nothing to them and taking nothing away from them." (Pope Pius XII, "Munificentissimus Deus", 1950)

"This is the infallibility which the Roman Pontiff, the head of the college of bishops, enjoys in virtue of his office, when, as the supreme shepherd and teacher of all the faithful who confirm his brethren in his faith, he proclaims by a definitive act some doctrine of faith or morals. Therefore his definitions, of themselves, and not from the consent of the Church, are justly styled irreformable, for they are pronounced with the assistance of the Holy Spirit, an assistance promised to him in Blessed Peter." (Second Vatican Council)

"Can. 1323 All those truths must be believed with divine and Catholic faith which are contained in the written word of God or in tradition and which the Church proposes for acceptance as revealed by God, either by solemn definition or through her ordinary and universal teaching. It is the responsibility of an oecumenical council or the Roman pontiff speaking ex cathedra to pronounce a solemn definition of the faith. No doctrine is to be considered as dogmatically defined unless this is evidently proved." (1917 Code of Canon Law) [Note: Collectively, bishops (e.g. in a council) may enjoy infallibility of teaching only in certain instances, and only when exercised in union with the Pope.]

"Furthermore, [St.] Augustine emphatically asserted that this unity of the universal Church and her absolute inerrancy as a teacher, is derived not only from her invisible Head, Christ Jesus, who from Heaven 'rules His body' and speaks by the lips of His teaching Church, but also for her visible head on earth, the Roman Pontiff, to whom the chair of Peter belongs by the lawful right of succession. For this line of Peter's successors 'is that rock against which the haughty gates of hell do not prevail'. By incontestable right we 'are kept within the bosom of the Church by a succession of priests from the chair of Peter the Apostle, to whom our Lord after His resurrection gave the charge of feeding His sheep, down to the episcopate of today'." (Pope Pius XI, "Ad Salutem", 1930)

"God Himself has set up a living authority to establish and teach the true and legitimate meaning of His heavenly revelation. This authority judges infallibly all disputes which concern matters of faith and morals, lest the faithful be swirled around by every wind of doctrine which springs from the evilness of men in encompassing error. And this living infallible authority is active only in that Church which was built by Christ the Lord upon Peter, the head of the entire Church, leader and shepherd, whose faith He promised would never fail. This Church has had an unbroken line of succession from Peter himself; these legitimate pontiffs are the heirs and defenders of the same teaching, rank, office and power. And the Church is where Peter is, and Peter speaks in the Roman Pontiff, living at all times in his successors and making judgment, providing the truth of the faith to those who seek it." (Pope Pius IX, "Qui Pluribus", 1846)

"Can. 749 §1 By virtue of his office, the Supreme Pontiff possesses infallibility in teaching when as the supreme pastor and teacher of all the Christian faithful, who strengthens his brethren in the faith, he proclaims by definitive act that a doctrine of faith or morals is to be held. §2 The college of bishops also possesses infallibility in its teaching when the bishops gathered together in an ecumenical council exercise the magisterium as teachers and judges of faith and morals who declare for the universal Church that a doctrine of faith or morals is to be held definitively; or when dispersed throughout the world but preserving the bond of communion among themselves and with the successor of Peter and teaching authentically together with the Roman Pontiff matters of faith or morals, they agree that a particular proposition is to be held definitively. §3 No doctrine is understood as defined infallibly unless this is manifestly demonstrated." (1983 Code of Canon Law) [Note: Bishops do not individually partake of infallibility. Collectively, bishops may enjoy infallibility of teaching only in certain instances, and only when exercised in union with the Pope.]

"O precious and necessary gift of Infallibility in the Church! Gift without which the mission of the Son of God would have been a failure! Gift whereby faith, that essential element of man's salvation, is preserved upon the earth! Yes, we have the promise; and the effects of this promise are evident even to them that are not of the Church. Where is there an unprejudiced man, who would not recognize in the hand of God in the perpetuity of the Catholic Symbol of Faith, whereas everything else on earth is for ever changing? Can we attribute to natural causes such a result as this - that a society, whose link is unity of belief, should live through so many ages, and yet lose nothing of the truth it possessed at its commencement, nor imbibe anything of the falseness of the world around it; that it should have been attacked by thousands of sects, and yet have triumphed over them all, survived them all, and be as pure in the faith now at this present day, as it was on the day when first formed by its divine Founder? Is it not an unheard-of prodigy, that hundreds of millions of men, differing from each other in country, character, and customs, yea, and frequently enemies to each other, should be united in one like submission to the same authority, which, with a single word, governs their reason in matters of faith?" (Gueranger)

"But since in this very age, in which the salutary efficacy of the apostolic duty is especially required, not a few are found who disparage its authority, We deem it most necessary to assert solemnly the prerogative which the Only-begotten Son of God deigned to enjoin with the highest pastoral office. And so We, adhering faithfully to the tradition received from the beginning of the Christian faith, to the glory of God, our Savior, the elevation of the Catholic religion and the salvation of Christian peoples, with the approbation of the sacred Council, teach and explain that the dogma has been divinely revealed: that the Roman Pontiff, when he speaks ex cathedra, that is, when carrying out the office of pastor and teacher of all Christians, by virtue of his supreme apostolic authority he defines a doctrine regarding faith or morals to be held by the universal Church, through the divine assistance promised him in blessed Peter, possesses that infallibility with which the divine Redeemer willed that His Church be endowed for defining doctrine regarding faith and morals; and so such definitions of the Roman Pontiff of themselves, and not from the consensus of the Church, are irreformable. But if anyone presumes to contradict this definition of Ours, which may God forbid: let him be anathema." (Vatican Council I, 1870 A.D.)

Also See: Papal Infallibility (Vatican View Section) | Preservation of Truth / Unity | Necessity of a Teaching Authority | Popes Are Infallible, Not Impeccable | Some Limits of Infallibility | Necessity of Union With the Roman Pontiff | Obedience / Disobedience / Assent | Papal Primacy / Supremacy | Papal Supremacy / Councils | Vatican Facts

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Popes Are Infallible, Not Impeccable

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"It is a misrepresentation often repeated that Catholics imagine the supreme pontiff to be free from all liability to moral transgression, as though they believed that no action performed by him could be sinful. It can hardly be necessary for me to deny so gross and absurd an imputation." (Wiseman)

"For I myself am altogether sinful and have not yet escaped from temptation but am still beset by the wiles of the devil. Nevertheless I strive to follow after righteousness, that I may have strength at least to approach it, fearing the judgment that is to come." (Pope St. Soter, circa 170 A.D.)

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Some Limits of Infallibility

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"But nobody, I think, has ever claimed that the Pope is infallible in not defining a doctrine." (Knox)

"[I]t is to the teaching of Peter, not to his silence, that the unfailing assistance of the Holy Ghost is guaranteed." (Liturgical Year)

"It is quite possible for the Pope to be remiss about his duty, and for God to raise up a saint - witness St. Catherine of Siena again - to hold him to it." (Knox)

"The Holy Ghost, who has guaranteed the infallible purity of the doctrine taught officially from the apostolic Chair, has not pledged himself to protect in a like degree from all failure either the virtue, or the private judgement, or even the administrative acts of the Sovereign Pontiff." (Liturgical Year)

Also See: Infallibility | Popes Are Infallible, Not Impeccable | Papal Infallibility (Vatican View Section) | Popes as Preservers of Tradition / Against New Doctrines | Preservation of Truth / Unity | Vatican Facts

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