Not wanting to be disrespectful towards my Roman Catholic readers, I couldn’t resist this title, especially after the news of the “other Pope”. This time it is an article from Perceptio, The end of infallibility?
Fr Hans Küng has apparently received a letter from Pope Francis with a request for free discussion of the dogma of papal infallibility as Pius IX got defined at Vatican I in 1870. Indeed, now that the Papal office seems more or less demythologised, it would be good to see infallibility ditched once and for all. The only source of such a claim seems to be Küng himself. Pinch of salt?
Would Pope Francis entrust something to someone who was deprived of his teaching functions by John Paul II? If Francis “infallibly” abrogates infallibility, then a future Pope could bring it back. If this never happens, at least frank discussion would become mainstream. On the other hand, could Francis the Jesuit one day take credit for ending the schism between Rome and the Orthodox?
On a flippant note, I wonder how a Pope can define that he is not infallible.
Everything I say is a lie. Illogical! Illogical! It’s good to have this famous extract from Star Trek available on Youtube: