Papal infallibility
Infallibility In*fal`li*bil"i*ty, n. [Cf. F. infaillibilit['e].] The quality or state of being infallible, or exempt from error; inerrability. [1913 Webster]

Infallibility is the highest perfection of the knowing faculty. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

{Papal infallibility} (R. C. Ch.), 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. [1913 Webster]


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  • Papal infallibility — is the dogma in Catholic theology that, by action of the Holy Spirit, the Pope is preserved from even the possibility of error [ infallibility means more than exemption from actual error; it means exemption from the possibility of error, P. J.… …   Wikipedia

  • papal infallibility — Rom. Cath. Ch. the dogma that the pope cannot err in a solemn teaching addressed to the whole church on a matter of faith or morals. [1865 70] * * * In Roman Catholicism, the doctrine that the pope, acting as supreme teacher and under certain… …   Universalium

  • papal infallibility — (in the Roman Catholic Church) the doctrine that in specified circumstances the Pope is incapable of error in pronouncing dogma. → infallibility …   English new terms dictionary

  • papal infallibility — noun belief of the Roman Catholic Church that God protects the pope from error when he speaks about faith or morality • Hypernyms: ↑infallibility * * * noun [noncount] : the Roman Catholic belief that the pope cannot be wrong when using his… …   Useful english dictionary

  • papal infallibility — noun Date: 1831 the Roman Catholic doctrine that the pope cannot err when speaking ex cathedra in defining a doctrine of Christian faith or morals …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • papal infallibility — noun 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 …   Wiktionary

  • Papal Infallibility —    The belief that the Pope cannot err in his official teaching …   Who’s Who in Christianity

  • papal infallibility —  Папская непогрешимость …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • Papal Infallibility — /ˌpeɪpəl ɪnˌfæləˈbɪləti/ (say .paypuhl in.faluh biluhtee) noun Roman Catholic Church the teaching of the church that the pope abides in truth when expounding ex cathedra on matters of faith and morals; made part of the faith of the church by the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Infallibility — • In general, exemption or immunity from liability to error or failure; in particular in theological usage, the supernatural prerogative by which the Church of Christ is, by a special Divine assistance, preserved from liability to error in her… …   Catholic encyclopedia

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