Pope Francis has just disproved the doctrine of papal infallibility by his own actions. For centuries Roman Catholics have held on to a long-standing dogma called “papal infallibility.” This Catholic doctrine teaches that all papal proclamations made “ex cathedra” or from the “seat” of the papacy are preserved by the Holy Spirit from any possibility of error. Papal infallibility means that whenever the Pope speaks – his words bear the full authority of the “office” or “chair” of St. Peter and to resist his words is to resist the Holy Spirit because those words are supposedly free from error.
Martin Luther’s battle with Rome was over the subjects of authority and infallibility. Luther rejected this idea of papal infallibility and stood up to the popes by saying that the church and even the popes could err. Luther taught and believed that the only source that has the authority to actually bind the conscience and to keep us from falling was the word of God. No proclamations of men or popes could be the final authority in religious matters. He declared that only the word of God carries that kind of weight and authority.
Because of Luther’s beliefs (including that even the popes could err) he was condemned as a heretic and excommunicated from the church. Fast forward 500 years later.
Pope Francis is proving that the doctrine of papal infallibility is a hoax. Popes are not supposed to apologize for being wrong because Popes are not supposed to get it wrong. Popes are not supposed to admit that they were in “grave error” because they are supposed to be preserved by the Holy Spirit from the possibility of error.
The “supreme pontiff” and the “representative of Christ in the flesh” is not supposed to publicly apologize for their mistakes and much less do it in writing for the world to see. But this is what has happened. What does this mean for “papal infallibility?” It means that this doctrine is a hoax and a lie.
Pope Francis recently made a public apology and declared that he has made some “serious errors of judgment.” Click here to read the Pope’s admission of error.
Basically, Pope Francis was defending a Catholic bishop he appointed who was being accused of terrible crimes. Pope Francis defended his bishop in 2015 by publicly embracing him with hugs and calling all the accusers “leftists” and “slanderers.” Francis also publicly declared that he believed his bishop was “innocent.”
Three years later, in 2018, it turns out that his bishop was in fact a criminal and he had created a terrible crisis for both the church and his country. It turns out that thousands of children were being raped by predatory priests and Pope Francis had made the colossal mistake of siding with the pedofile clergy instead of the victims. This grave mistake of the part of Francis meant that the abuse of children continued on for three more years, and all under Pope Francis’ watch. This has become a public embarrassment for the “seat” of St. Peter as Pope Francis has had to go on a apology tour.
What happened to papal infallibility and the Holy Spirit? Obviously, no one is preserved from error once they choose to reject the truth and the facts. Not only was it proved the Pope Francis was wrong – it turns out that Martin Luther was right all along.