Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being infallible, or incapable of error or mistake; entire exemption from liability to error. In theology the doctrine of the infallibility of the church is the doctrine that the church as a whole cannot err in its spiritual faith and its religious teaching, and that consequently the religious teaching of the church is infallibly true. In Roman Catholic theology the doctrine of the infallibility of the Pope is the doctrine that when the Pope speaks ex cathedra (that is, when he speaks officially and on matters of faith and morals) he is divinely guarded from all error. The theory of the Pope's official infallibility was long maintained by ultramontane theologians as the basis of pontifical supremacy; but it was first promulgated as a binding dogma by the Vatican Council in 1870, in the restricted form above given. See
Old Catholics, under catholic.
- n. Incapability of failure; absolute certainty of success or effect: as, the infallibility of a remedy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being infallible, or exempt from error; inerrability.
- n. the quality of never making an error
“Mormons don't use the term "infallibility" to refer to their leaders and readily acknowledge that they are imperfect men.”
“I don't consider the Pope a cult leader (though Papal infallibility is not an idea that particularly appeals to me), but there are Cultish aspects to Catholicism.”
“Claiming infallibility is almost always the hallmark of the monumentally arrogant (and by default the profoundly insecure).”
“I don't know if he's quite that reckless ... or stupid, but his adoration of all things self and his delusional infallibility is going to be the death of his lucky stumble towards 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”
“They tend to believe in infallibility, with respect to themselves.”
“Papal infallibility is one of the main Protestant objections to Catholicism — yet, oddly enough, it was one of the things that gave Catholicism an unlikely avant-garde cachet from around the time of Pius IX's proclamation to, say, World War II.”
“Papal infallibility is only applicable when he speaks from the throne of St. Peter.”
“Blaming others for one's own iniquities and fueling the myth of Arab infallibility is easy.”
“Instances of this will be given below and from these it will appear that, though the word infallibility as a technical term hardly occurs at all in the early councils or in the Fathers, the thing signified by it was understood and believed in and acted upon from the beginning.”
“But the word infallibility was not so unfortunate to Mr. Cressy, as his untoward explication of the forecited passage in his Appendix, which he afterwards published chiefly by way of vindication of himself against the learned author of the preface to my Lord Falkland's discourse of”
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