papal infallibility

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n papal infallibility belief of the Roman Catholic Church that God protects the pope from error when he speaks about faith or morality
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Papal infallibility (R. C. Ch) the dogma that the pope can not, when acting in his official character of supreme pontiff, err in defining a doctrine of Christian faith or rule of morals, to be held by the church. This was decreed by the Ecumenical Council at the Vatican, July 18, 1870.
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Usage

In literature:

These contradictory decisions are still often referred to by the opponents of papal infallibility.
"History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science" by John William Draper
The Decretals of Isodore furnish another example of Papal infallibility (?).
"The Revelation Explained" by F. Smith
The dogma of Papal infallibility is an instance in point.
"The Purpose of the Papacy" by John S. Vaughan
The Jesuits upheld papal infallibility and, in general, the Ultramontane position.
"The Fighting Governor" by Charles W. Colby
The anathematizing of Honorius as heterodox has occasioned no slight embarrassment to the supporters of the doctrine of papal infallibility.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 2" by Various
Papal infallibility was implied rather than included among them.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
So much for papal infallibility; what one condemns the other approves.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. VI (of VI), "Spanish Passions" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
PAPAL, infallibility, Acts II., 230.
"Expositor's Bible: Index" by S. G. Ayres
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In news:

Papal Toilet Paper has Infallible Softness, Divine Durability.
Although papal infallibility is commonly found in popular conversation, how well the term is understood is another matter.
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