Infallibility?! On what grounds?!
Letter in the Tablet 16th June 2012, p14.
See Incredible Infallibility Claim for background information to this letter.
I once understood that a Pope speaks infallibly only ex cathedra, when making a formal statement of doctrine with the utmost solemnity, from the chair of Peter. I understood Pius XII's proclamation of the Assumption to be the last occasion on which this happened.
When, in 2012, is infallible infallible?
In his comment to Cardinal Re regarding the ordination of women, Pope Benedict writes "... the Holy Father John Paul II decided in an infallible and irrevocable way that the Church does not have the right to ordain women to the priesthood."
Infallible and irrevocable?
Can infallible be revoked, then? Pope Benedict seems to refer to John Paul II's Apostolic Letter of 22 May 1994,Ordinatio Sacerdotalis: "Wherefore... I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and (that) this judgement is to be definitively held by all the Church's faithful."
I wonder whether such confusion is generated at the centre in the interests of control.
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