+ Reflection ( Sh) . The " Infallibility " in the Catholic and Evangelical Church. By Fabian Massa.

Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translator.


Week 70 shares with us : " The Infallibility of the Catholic and Evangelical Churches"

In the Catholic Church , is held as dogmatic truth of faith , ie " a truth that can not handle any challenge ' [1 ] , papal infallibility . This dogma asserts that the Pope is preserved by God ( through the Holy Spirit) to make a mistake when promulgating the whole Church a matter of moral , ethical or faith or any statement ex cathedra .
Three conditions must be fulfilled for a papal ex cathedra definition is applied to it and papal infallibility :

· When the pope says something about any matter of faith or morals .

· When Pope declares something " as supreme pastor and teacher of all the faithful, who confirms his brethren in the faith ." (In contrast does not enjoy absolute infallibility when speaking as a private person , or when directed to a single group and not to the whole Church).

· When the pope says something like a "final act" (ie when clearly that that statement is final and can not be changed in the future) .

This has been established in the Dogmatic Constitution Pastor Aeternus , promulgated by Pope Pius IX on 07.18.1870 is worded as follows :
... with the approval of the Sacred Council , we teach and define to be a divinely revealed dogma that the Pope, when he speaks ex cathedra , that is, when , exercising his office as shepherd and teacher of all Christians , by virtue of his supreme apostolic authority defines a doctrine of faith or morals and teaches that must be held by the whole Church, he possesses , by the divine assistance that was promised to him in blessed Peter , that infallibility which the divine Redeemer willed his Church to enjoy in defining the doctrine of faith and morals . Therefore, the definitions of the Bishop of Rome are irreformable themselves and without regard to the consent of the Church. Thus, if anyone has the temerity , which God forbid , to contradict this our definition, let him be anathema .

The issue is that over the years, was in full evidence that this is not true ... but dogmatically asserting that the Popes is the sad reality denies it is not wrong.
And how this issue is addressed in the Protestant Churches ? Basically just replacing a few words , the unwritten dogma reads something like this :

teach and define to be a divinely revealed dogma that the Pastor, when he speaks ex cathedra , that is, when , exercising his office as shepherd and teacher of all Christians in the congregation under his supreme Apostolic authority , he defines a doctrine of faith or customs and taught to be held by the whole Church, he possesses , by the divine assistance that was promised to him in blessed Peter , that infallibility which the divine Redeemer willed his Church to enjoy in defining doctrine of faith and morals . Therefore, the definitions are irreformable Anointed Pastor themselves and without regard to the consent of the Church. Thus, if anyone has the temerity , which God forbid , to contradict this our definition, let him be anathema .

And unfortunately we see that with the passage of time also denies reality this " dogma non scriptum " for evangelical pastors. The only way not to miss the mark is when we speak God's Word , or when we take on a correct interpretation of Scripture .
Talking to a friend the topic, he told me that for this very reason is that in Revelation in Chapters II and III The Lord urges pastors of the seven churches in the province of Asia , which are a figure of all Church all time.

It carefully to teach or impart. Our fear of God is also evident when we measure our words in the ministry , not to say anything that goes against what God says.

Week 70 is about to begin , are we ready ?


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[1 ] Despite generally being a dogma is a rule imposed in order to maintain order provided by a competent authority and not necessarily a doctrinal issue ( biblical ) To give a simple example: In an institution may be able to determine all students should wear blue jacket , gray pants and white shirt with blue tie, this would be a dogma


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