Justin, your Protestant friend apparently no idea what infallibility is according to the Catholic Church.
Peter was impeccable. What he did in Galatians, he did not speak in his teaching office. Instead, we see him not practicing what he preached.
Paul of course rebuke him. The footnote from Douay Rheims Bible states:
“I withstood”… The fault that is here noted in the conduct of St. Peter, was only a certain imprudence, in withdrawing himself from the table of the Gentiles,** for fear of giving offence to the Jewish converts; but this, in such circumstances, when his so doing might be of ill consequence to the Gentiles, who might be induced thereby to think themselves obliged to conform to the Jewish way of livin**g, to the prejudice of their Christian liberty. Neither was St. Paul’s reprehending him any argument against his supremacy; for in such cases an inferior may, and sometimes ought, with respect, to admonish his superior
Paul’s correcting Peter can be comparable to a Saint in the middle ages when she rebuke the Pope for not living up to the Gospel.
Well, I told my friend that the Church isn’t impeccable, meaning we are sinners. And that the Pope has to explicitly teach something. And he said 'well Peter was teaching by example!" I just told him that doesn’t count, the Church doesn’t count teaching by example as infallable.
Today he quoted CCC paragraph 76, which says "In keeping with the Lord’s command, the Gospel was handed on in two ways: - orally “by the apostles who handed on, by the spoken word of their preaching, by the example they gave”
He was trying to show me that the Church itself claims that it teach’s by example.
Now he is just nit picking at words. And I could tell him that, but I want to give him a solid answer. Any help?
He left out a couple of words from CCC paragraph 76.
76 In keeping with the Lord’s command, the Gospel was handed on in two ways:
orally "by the apostles who handed on, by the spoken word of their preaching, by the example they gave, by the institutions they established, what they themselves had received - whether from the lips of Christ, from his way of life and his works, or whether they had learned it at the prompting of the Holy Spirit";
in writing “by those apostles and other men associated with the apostles who, under the inspiration of the same Holy Spirit, committed the message of salvation to writing”.
I italicize the words he left out. Yes the Church teaches by example, that is why there are bishops who correct other bishops who aren’t in agreement with the Catholic teachings. You also have priest correcting others. You even have laity correcting the clergy when it comes to literal abuses.
I for one had correct a priests that he gave communion to a Non-Catholic, and that he even knew that the personal was a Non-Catholic. I had to speak to him after Mass and on the side to correct his mistakes.