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Old 5th July 2013, 12:06 PM
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The Encyclical on Faith is out now:
http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/fr...-fidei_en.html

http://www.vatican.va/latest/sub_ind...t_index_en.htm

It was written mainly by Pope Benedict, not by Pope Francis. I'm still reading through it.
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Old 10th July 2013, 04:33 PM
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Default Encyclicals and infabillity

Akin commenting on this Encyclical says: "Although they (Encyclicals) are not infallible, encyclicals are authoritative."

Now, Encyclicals and other documents from the Magisterium may not be infallible per se (the whole document), but they may contain some infallible teachings and a Pope may even declare Papal infallibility in any of these documents (if all the requirements are met), is this correct?..
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Old 8th August 2013, 04:19 PM
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Nice Encyclical, mostly written by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI with some tweaks by Pope Francis.

My favorite part is the Prayer to Mary at the end.

I'm looking forward to Pope Francis next Encyclical which will be with a different style, I think more direct, since it will be his first to be entirely to his credit.
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Old 8th August 2013, 06:48 PM
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Akin commenting on this Encyclical says: "Although they (Encyclicals) are not infallible, encyclicals are authoritative."

Now, Encyclicals and other documents from the Magisterium may not be infallible per se (the whole document), but they may contain some infallible teachings and a Pope may even declare Papal infallibility in any of these documents (if all the requirements are met), is this correct?..

I didn't see this post earlier. Sorry.

Akin's statement shows a fundamental misunderstanding of Church authority.

Teachings of the Magisterium are either infallible or non-infallible. It is not unusual for an encyclical to contain some teachings that are infallible under the ordinary and universal Magisterium, as well as some non-infallible teachings. An encyclical can contain a teaching under Papal infallibility, though this is less common.

Encyclicals and other papal documents can contain things other than teachings, such as commentary on the state of modern society or on the state of the Church, rules and rulings, changes to Canon Law, etc.

The distinction between the different types of papal document is largely irrelevant to the authority of its contents.
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Old 8th August 2013, 07:19 PM
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Noted. Thank you Ron.
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