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Musings 2008/227

Papal Infallibility
The more I consider this astonishing Gift to mankind the more I realise that

it is the crux for unity amongst Christians.

Indeed, that it is the crucial point
towards unity
amongst mankind.

Unfortunately the world - so it seems sometimes - has developed a strong dislike to the idea of the Pope as the supreme leader of Christendom not to mention his infallibility.
And so this infallibility business is a tripping stone to many towards unity, they, realising the pitiful situation of fallen man and the virtual impossibility of someone being infallible.
In declining to receive the Bishop of Rome as
Peter, having Peter's authority and responsibility - that is, the keys to The Kingdom -

unbelievers are rebelling against
Christ's Own instruction and teaching,
for Christ was the One
Who gave Peter the keys.

It is no good pretending, as do the Orthodox, that Christ meant all the Apostles, not Peter by himself.
It is true that Christ did mean all of the Apostles, (including Peter) as a group, elsewhere in Scripture, but it is also true that He singled out Peter for the same incredible authority.
The whole world knows that the Pope is a mere man (so was Christ) and often points to the human mistakes made by our Popes down the millenniums, even
as they are unable to point to errors of Doctrine defined as such by any Pope.
We perceive in this, that the Doctrine of infallibility of the Pope is such a fabulous Gift to mankind, to The Church, ensuring that The Church can not fail in Her teaching authority.
If
The Church is the pillar and foundation of the Truth, then Christ will have ensured - God will have ensured - that She will never teach error.
More so, if Christ is to be with The Church always:
P  50  14  16  And I will ask the Father, and he shall give you another Paraclete, that he may abide with you for ever.
50  14  17 
The spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, nor knoweth him: but you shall know him; because he shall abide with you, and shall be in you.
50  14  18  I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you.
P John
The Spirit of Truth shall abide with you and shall be in you.
These words Christ spoke to the Apostles and

we perceive here
that He reaffirmed that His Church
will abide in Truth.

Isn't that just stupendous?
His Church shall abide
in Truth because Peter, and in another place, Peter and the Apostles together, were given The Spirit of Truth.
It's all pretty simple, really.
There is no other possibility then that Peter (and where the occasion warrants, all of the successors of the Apostles, together) was given the power of infallibility.
I recall that wonderful article by James Likoudis as I presented in 2008/226 page 11, entitled
A Church That Can Err is Unworthy of Christ.
This is simply common sense; undeniable.
How can anyone believe in a religion which does not claim infallibility?
Once the world becomes aware of the Truth of this Doctrine of infallibility, there is no alternative for every person on the planet then to follow
Peter.
That is, every person who really wants the
Truth.
This is the problem with the world for it realises that if it did acknowledge this inescapable fact, then it must take the next obvious step which is to accept the Pontiff as God's Representative on earth and therefore, follow him, accepting all the Doctrines of The Universal Church.
Forget about each and every other appearance of division; forget about all other so-called problems with unity; forget about personal pride and the numerous difficulties associated with facing Truth, for there is only ONE decision to be made:

accept the Pope as the Vicar of Christ,
as Peter.

There's NOTHING else to consider for this is the absolute essential and once recognised, acknowledged and appreciated, unity must follows with certainty.
All these conferences, dialogues and communications, important as they are, are only guidelines directed to the essential:-

the infallibility of Peter.

And the most decisive dialogue towards this essential, centres upon

The Immaculate Conception.

It is no coincidence
that only The Universal Church teaches

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