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It is clear that the irascible miller was a man to interpret any chance-shot that grazed him as an attempt on his own life, and was liable to entanglements in this puzzling world, which, due consideration had to his own infallibility, required the hypothesis of a very active diabolical agency to explain them.
That it is only the Pope who is infallible, and that this infallibility does not extend to cardinals.
The grave father of a family, who was probably one of the least respectable of bachelors, is an interesting study at his own table, where he is constrained to assume airs of infallibility merely because his children are looking at him.
Middleton and Paul, who considered this unlooked-for escape as a species of resurrection, patiently awaited the time the trapper mentioned with renewed confidence in the infallibility of his judgment.
Chapters 3 and 4 address the two major results of the conciliar debates and votes: the primacy of the pope and infallibility.
IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR, the Swiss Catholic theologian Hans Kung wrote an open letter to Pope Francis asking the pontiff to allow "a free, unprejudiced and open-ended discussion in our church of all the unresolved and suppressed questions connected with the infallibility dogma.
The account pivots on the 1870 definition of papal infallibility at the First Vatican Council.
The book's first essay, by Horst Moller, puts Acton the man--and Acton the thinker--into historical context, examining the evolution of the idea of religious freedom in both conservatism and liberalism from the Enlightenment to the nineteenth century, and showing how that served as the intellectual backdrop to what was perhaps the central conflict of Acton's life: his opposition to papal infallibility at the First Vatican Council in 1869-1870.
As infallibility is a state of certainty, which does not admit of error, so fallibility is a state of doubt, which does not admit of conviction.
The CCC offers an enlightening explanation of the relationship between the ability of the pope and the college of bishops to exercise their teaching authority in a definitive way and the gift of infallibility with which they are endowed in so doing.
1870: e Dogma of Papal Infallibility in matters of faith and morals was proclaimed by the Vatican Council.
A blend of quiet humor and an understanding of human infallibility illuminates the qualities of numerous popes' reigns.