Papal Fallibilities Admitted By The Pope Himself

Last week we pointed out that passages like II Timothy 3:16-17 teach the concept of “Sola Scriptura,” that is, the Scriptures are our Sole authority in religion. Besides scripture, the Catholic Church claims another leg of authority, specifically that the Pope cannot err (officially) in matters of faith and morals. You’ve perhaps heard this idea termed the “infallibility of the Pope.”

But notice what Pope Adrian VI said at the “Diet of Nuremburg” conference in 1522: “If by the Roman Church you mean its head or pontiff, it is beyond question that he can err even in matters touching the faith. He does this when he teaches heresy by his own judgment or decretal. In truth, many Roman pontiffs were heretics. The last of them was Pope John XXII (1316-1334).”

So Pope Adrian VI taught that the Pope is fallible.

· was he right? – then that means the Pope is fallible

· was he wrong? – then that means the Pope is fallible

Do you see the Catholics’ dilemma and how either way they go, the office of the Pope is proved fallible and thus fails as a standard of religious authority? The Bible is all we need!


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