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  •  Infallibility doesn't really bother me (3+ / 0-)

    Speaking as an Eastern Orthodox Christian, the doctrine of papal infallibility is widely misunderstood. In a nutshell, the doctrine is that when the Pope speaks infallibly, the Pope is infallible. The Church has pretty much claimed the same doctrine for all of its bishops since there were bishops.

    The problem isn't really with infallibility. After all, the Vatican has never infallibly put forth a list of infallible Papal pronouncements.

    The problem is really over the universal jurisdiction of Holy See and the subordination of all other Bishops to the Pope. Regardless of whether the Pope has spoken infallibly, the Pope has the authority to censure, defrock, remove from office, or excommunicate any member of the clergy or layity who might disagree with him. But the Pope himself cannot be removed save by himself.

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