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« on: July 12, 2014, 05:56:09 PM »

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Is the Pope infallible when he proclaims a new saint?

According to the prevailing doctrine of the Church, when the Pope canonizes a saint his judgment is infallible. As is known, canonization is the decree with which the Pope solemnly proclaims that the heavenly glory shines upon the Blessed and extends the cult of the new saint to the universal Church in a binding and definitive manner. There is no question then that canonization is an act carried out by the Petrine primate. At the same time, however, it should not be considered infallible according to the infallibility criteria set out in the First Vatican Council’s dogmatic constitution “Pastor aeternus”.

So, according to you, this means the Pope can make a mistake when he proclaims someone a saint?

That’s not what I said. I am not denying that the decree issued for a canonization cause is definitive, so it would be rash and indeed unholy to state that the Pope can make a mistake. What I am saying, is that the proclamation of a person’s sainthood is not a truth of faith because it is not a dogmatic definition and is not directly or explicitly linked to a truth of faith or a moral truth contained in the revelation, but is only indirectly linked to this. It is no coincidence that neither the Code of Canon Law of 1917 nor the one currently in force, nor the Catechism of the Catholic Church present the Church’s doctrine regarding canonizations.”

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2014/07/so-canonizations-infallible-or-not.html
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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2014, 06:49:41 PM »

The Pope is doubly infallible now? Maybe there are degrees of infallibility.
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2014, 11:11:05 PM »

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Is the Pope infallible when he proclaims a new saint?

According to the prevailing doctrine of the Church, when the Pope canonizes a saint his judgment is infallible. As is known, canonization is the decree with which the Pope solemnly proclaims that the heavenly glory shines upon the Blessed and extends the cult of the new saint to the universal Church in a binding and definitive manner. There is no question then that canonization is an act carried out by the Petrine primate. At the same time, however, it should not be considered infallible according to the infallibility criteria set out in the First Vatican Council’s dogmatic constitution “Pastor aeternus”.

So, according to you, this means the Pope can make a mistake when he proclaims someone a saint?

That’s not what I said. I am not denying that the decree issued for a canonization cause is definitive, so it would be rash and indeed unholy to state that the Pope can make a mistake. What I am saying, is that the proclamation of a person’s sainthood is not a truth of faith because it is not a dogmatic definition and is not directly or explicitly linked to a truth of faith or a moral truth contained in the revelation, but is only indirectly linked to this. It is no coincidence that neither the Code of Canon Law of 1917 nor the one currently in force, nor the Catechism of the Catholic Church present the Church’s doctrine regarding canonizations.”

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2014/07/so-canonizations-infallible-or-not.html

So, the Pope can't make a mistake (meaning the canonization must be true), but the faithful are not required to believe the Pope?

Kinda sounds like how most Catholics view contraception.
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« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2014, 11:14:14 PM »

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Is the Pope infallible when he proclaims a new saint?

According to the prevailing doctrine of the Church, when the Pope canonizes a saint his judgment is infallible. As is known, canonization is the decree with which the Pope solemnly proclaims that the heavenly glory shines upon the Blessed and extends the cult of the new saint to the universal Church in a binding and definitive manner. There is no question then that canonization is an act carried out by the Petrine primate. At the same time, however, it should not be considered infallible according to the infallibility criteria set out in the First Vatican Council’s dogmatic constitution “Pastor aeternus”.

So, according to you, this means the Pope can make a mistake when he proclaims someone a saint?

That’s not what I said. I am not denying that the decree issued for a canonization cause is definitive, so it would be rash and indeed unholy to state that the Pope can make a mistake. What I am saying, is that the proclamation of a person’s sainthood is not a truth of faith because it is not a dogmatic definition and is not directly or explicitly linked to a truth of faith or a moral truth contained in the revelation, but is only indirectly linked to this. It is no coincidence that neither the Code of Canon Law of 1917 nor the one currently in force, nor the Catechism of the Catholic Church present the Church’s doctrine regarding canonizations.”

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2014/07/so-canonizations-infallible-or-not.html

So, the Pope can't make a mistake (meaning the canonization must be true), but the faithful are not required to believe the Pope?

Kinda sounds like how most Catholics view contraception.

It's different when it's about sex.
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« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2014, 11:23:52 PM »

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Is the Pope infallible when he proclaims a new saint?

According to the prevailing doctrine of the Church, when the Pope canonizes a saint his judgment is infallible. As is known, canonization is the decree with which the Pope solemnly proclaims that the heavenly glory shines upon the Blessed and extends the cult of the new saint to the universal Church in a binding and definitive manner. There is no question then that canonization is an act carried out by the Petrine primate. At the same time, however, it should not be considered infallible according to the infallibility criteria set out in the First Vatican Council’s dogmatic constitution “Pastor aeternus”.

So, according to you, this means the Pope can make a mistake when he proclaims someone a saint?

That’s not what I said. I am not denying that the decree issued for a canonization cause is definitive, so it would be rash and indeed unholy to state that the Pope can make a mistake. What I am saying, is that the proclamation of a person’s sainthood is not a truth of faith because it is not a dogmatic definition and is not directly or explicitly linked to a truth of faith or a moral truth contained in the revelation, but is only indirectly linked to this. It is no coincidence that neither the Code of Canon Law of 1917 nor the one currently in force, nor the Catechism of the Catholic Church present the Church’s doctrine regarding canonizations.”

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2014/07/so-canonizations-infallible-or-not.html
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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2014, 06:40:28 PM »

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You might enjoy this.  Wink

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Is the Pope infallible when he proclaims a new saint?

According to the prevailing doctrine of the Church, when the Pope canonizes a saint his judgment is infallible. As is known, canonization is the decree with which the Pope solemnly proclaims that the heavenly glory shines upon the Blessed and extends the cult of the new saint to the universal Church in a binding and definitive manner. There is no question then that canonization is an act carried out by the Petrine primate. At the same time, however, it should not be considered infallible according to the infallibility criteria set out in the First Vatican Council’s dogmatic constitution “Pastor aeternus”.

So, according to you, this means the Pope can make a mistake when he proclaims someone a saint?

That’s not what I said. I am not denying that the decree issued for a canonization cause is definitive, so it would be rash and indeed unholy to state that the Pope can make a mistake. What I am saying, is that the proclamation of a person’s sainthood is not a truth of faith because it is not a dogmatic definition and is not directly or explicitly linked to a truth of faith or a moral truth contained in the revelation, but is only indirectly linked to this. It is no coincidence that neither the Code of Canon Law of 1917 nor the one currently in force, nor the Catechism of the Catholic Church present the Church’s doctrine regarding canonizations.”

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2014/07/so-canonizations-infallible-or-not.html

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« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2014, 06:41:14 PM »

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You might enjoy this.  Wink

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Is the Pope infallible when he proclaims a new saint?

According to the prevailing doctrine of the Church, when the Pope canonizes a saint his judgment is infallible. As is known, canonization is the decree with which the Pope solemnly proclaims that the heavenly glory shines upon the Blessed and extends the cult of the new saint to the universal Church in a binding and definitive manner. There is no question then that canonization is an act carried out by the Petrine primate. At the same time, however, it should not be considered infallible according to the infallibility criteria set out in the First Vatican Council’s dogmatic constitution “Pastor aeternus”.

So, according to you, this means the Pope can make a mistake when he proclaims someone a saint?

That’s not what I said. I am not denying that the decree issued for a canonization cause is definitive, so it would be rash and indeed unholy to state that the Pope can make a mistake. What I am saying, is that the proclamation of a person’s sainthood is not a truth of faith because it is not a dogmatic definition and is not directly or explicitly linked to a truth of faith or a moral truth contained in the revelation, but is only indirectly linked to this. It is no coincidence that neither the Code of Canon Law of 1917 nor the one currently in force, nor the Catechism of the Catholic Church present the Church’s doctrine regarding canonizations.”

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2014/07/so-canonizations-infallible-or-not.html

So, the Pope can't make a mistake (meaning the canonization must be true), but the faithful are not required to believe the Pope?

Kinda sounds like how most Catholics view contraception.

It's different when it's about sex.

Most things are different when it's about sex. 
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« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2014, 06:50:41 PM »

The Pope is doubly infallible now? Maybe there are degrees of infallibility.
For Peter J: there is low infallibility, high infallibility and absolutist infallibility.

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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2014, 11:19:22 AM »

The Pope is doubly infallible now? Maybe there are degrees of infallibility.
For Peter J: there is low infallibility, high infallibility and absolutist infallibility.

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« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2014, 11:23:42 AM »

I think this is an example of trying to have your cake and eat it too.
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« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2014, 11:55:01 AM »

The first response rather contradicts itself, it says that the Pope is infallible when Canonizing Saints and then after that, "Not Infallible" which then leads to the disclaim that His Holiness "cannot make a mistake". This practically renders Papal Infallibility as illogical as a Pope cannot be "Infallible" and then "Fallible" at the same time or when "Canonizing Saints". This is simply akin to me saying that I'm "happy" and then at the same time, "not happy". It simply doesn't make sense.

Admittedly, I used to believe and even defended this Doctrine in a discussion about Roman Catholicism with some Protestant lecturers in college before.
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« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2014, 12:06:32 PM »

The first response rather contradicts itself, it says that the Pope is infallible when Canonizing Saints and then after that, "Not Infallible" which then leads to the disclaim that His Holiness "cannot make a mistake". This practically renders Papal Infallibility as illogical as a Pope cannot be "Infallible" and then "Fallible" at the same time or when "Canonizing Saints". This is simply akin to me saying that I'm "happy" and then at the same time, "not happy". It simply doesn't make sense.

Admittedly, I used to believe and even defended this Doctrine in a discussion about Roman Catholicism with some Protestant lecturers in college before.
I wonder, do we have Schrödinger's cathedra?
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« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2014, 12:10:26 PM »

If you ask me, that blog, being near-schismatic traditionalist, is fishing for loopholes not to venerate St. John Paul II  Wink
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« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2014, 01:08:29 PM »

If you ask me, that blog, being near-schismatic traditionalist, is fishing for loopholes not to venerate St. John Paul II  Wink

The comment above reflects a strain of Roman Catholicism which I find distasteful, whether it is an expression of "legitimate" RCism or of another school within it.  According to this line of thinking, Roman Catholicism is whatever the reigning Pope says and does, and as long as you remain in communion (and not out of it, like the SSPV or those women who go and get ordained on boats), you can get away with almost anything.  "Almost", because it's easier to fall out of favour for going too far to the right than it is in the other direction.   

Put another way, what about all the near-schismatic liberals fishing for loopholes not to recognise the old Roman liturgy, Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, etc.? 
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« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2014, 01:18:47 PM »

The first response rather contradicts itself, it says that the Pope is infallible when Canonizing Saints and then after that, "Not Infallible" which then leads to the disclaim that His Holiness "cannot make a mistake". This practically renders Papal Infallibility as illogical as a Pope cannot be "Infallible" and then "Fallible" at the same time or when "Canonizing Saints". This is simply akin to me saying that I'm "happy" and then at the same time, "not happy". It simply doesn't make sense.

Admittedly, I used to believe and even defended this Doctrine in a discussion about Roman Catholicism with some Protestant lecturers in college before.
I wonder, do we have Schrödinger's cathedra?


Now all we need is just a big box to put the Pope in each time he is going to Canonize new Saints or make a decree, close it and then open it again to see whether the Pope is infallible or not.
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