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papal infallibility

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  • n. The concept that the Pope, under certain circumstance (when making a statement on faith or morals, etc.) is protected by the Holy Spirit from being able to make a mistake.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the dogma that the pope can not, when acting in his official character of supreme pontiff, err in defining a doctrine of Christian faith or rule of morals, to be held by the church. This was decreed by the Ecumenical Council at the Vatican, July 18, 1870.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. belief of the Roman Catholic Church that God protects the pope from error when he speaks about faith or morality

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