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Old 24th September 2016, 01:17 PM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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Any valid Pope, whether Saint Peter himself or any of his successors, can err in a personal opinion, and can err in a prudential judgment or a decision on discipline, and can err, only to a limited extent, in a non-infallible teaching.

However, no Pope can teach heresy, neither as a personal opinion, nor as an apparent magisterial teaching, and no Pope can commit the sins of apostasy or heresy or schism, not even hidden in his heart and mind.

The teachings of the Pope are only infallible when they meet the criteria taught by the First Vatican Council.
Ron Conte
Roman Catholic theologian
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