Thursday, October 03, 2013

OK class, pop papal infallibility quiz



Alright... everybody get down from that ledge, right this minute!

Sit down. Put your head down.

Here, breathe into this paper bag.

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Now before you read any further, go put the kettle on and make some tea.

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Feel a bit better? Now, just for fun, we’re going to review our papal doctrine,

OK? Pencils out...
1. Does the Faith come from the pope? Y/N

2. Does papal infallibility operate in every single thing the pope says and does? Y/N

3. Does papal infallibility mean the pope will always be on the right side of every political question? Y/N

4. Is the pope impeccable? Y/N

5. Does the pope have to understand the subtleties and nuances of Church politics, geopolitics, economics, the agenda of the media or the machinations of the various factions in the Curia and hierarchy in order to really be the pope? Y/N

6. Is it necessary for either the validity of the papacy or the survival of the Church for the pope to be a media rock star, a major player in academic philosophy or theology, have the right ideas about politics, economics, culture, sociology or history… or to even be personally likeable? Y/N

7. Can a pope be crazy and still be pope? Y/N


(Now here comes a hard one, so get ready,)

7. Can the pope be wrong on matters of Faith and morals? Can the pope be a heretic and still be the pope?


Give your answers in the commbox below.



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11 comments:

Seraphic said...

1.N
2.N
3.N
4.N
5.N
6.N
7.Y
7.Y

I solemnly swear I did not look anything up. --Dorothy

Jon said...

You forgot 9.

"Can the pope formally manifest a heretical opinion within a magisterial document, and still be pope?"

Answer: No. A heretical pope loses his office upon making the formally heretical statement. That's the reason the pope cannot err. The erring pope is not pope."

Source: Bobby Bellarmine, De Romano Pontifice.

...then it's party time!

Anonymous said...

1. No. But if he is indeed the guardian of the faith we SHOULD at least expect that he professes the Catholic faith in its entirety.
5. No. But he SHOULD understand these subtleties and nuances.

-Aloysius G.

Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

Jon,

as you will have guessed, I left that question off the list deliberately, since we are not there yet, and can still realistically hope that we will not arrive at that station.

Sufficient unto the day...

Catastrophising will not help you.

Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

Aloysius,

if the history of the Faith in the last 50 years has taught us anything, it's the value of saying, "Well, this isn't the way it ought to be..."

Wishes are like farts.

Hermit Crab said...

On Tuesday you wrote:
"One thing I will say, quickly, is: No more mister nice-blogger. Gloves are off. I prefer a straight fight to all this sneaking around. Bring it!"

http://www.harvestingthefruit.com/game-on/
shows us what someone with the gloves off looks like. Are you up to doing something similar?

Jon said...

"Catastrophising will not help you."

Maybe, but this is certainly more fun than an Irwin Allen All-Night-Movie-Disasterthon.

Not.



Lynne said...

1.N
2.N
3.N
4.N
5.N
6.N
7.Y
7.Y

and although I cut and pasted this from the first commenter, I did have the same answers...

Dymphna said...

1.N

2.N

3. N

4. Is the pope impeccable? N

5. N

6. /N

7. N

7. Y

Gary said...

1. N
2. N
3. N
4. N
5. N
6. N
7. Y

7. N

Anonymous said...

My answer:
1.N
2.N
3.N
4.N
5.N
6.N
7.Y
7.Y
If the pope you are referring to is the Bishop of Rome.
1.Y
2.Y
3.Y
4.Y
5.Y
6.Y
7.N
7.N
If the pope you are referring to is the Holy Father/Holy Spirit/3rd secret of Fatima.