Originally Posted by StacyL
Please read the Catholic Encylopedia article on this. The charism of infallibilty is given only to the Pope.
No matter what the Catholic Encyclopedia says, anyone with a brain and free will to use it can see that the concept of "papal infallibility" had dubious beginnings at best. The fact is, the majority of bishops knew better than to say yes to such an idea ... and they were ignored.
|The Pope is singular in His authority. The man who sits in the Chair of Peter is the visible head of the Church, who is responsible and has Supreme authority in Christ's stead here on earth.
So ... what about all the corrupt popes, who willfully abused that authority? Are we just supposed to forget about them? Who's to say that we'll never have another?
The Pope is the first among bishops. They are supposed to work together
, with the Pope as the head, to feed the flock and uphold the Faith.