howdy all, I got a question thats been buggin me for some time now.
If I am wrong in any of these statements, please do not hesitate to correct me…
The Pope attains his infallability from the Holy Spirit correct? It is only through the Holy Spirit’s leading that he can be infallible in Church matters only. As many of you probably acknowledge, as humans we are given free will: that is we are able to make our own decisions regarding our actions and words. There is no doubt in my mind that the Holy Spirit can guide someone, but they can only be lead by their consent. If we have the choice to follow the spirit’s leading, then at the same time we have the ability to not follow the Spirit’s leading, or to stray. So, the Pope is only infallible when he is chosen to be lead by the spirit? If the pope has the ability to reject the spirit, as all men do, how can he be considered infallible? Would it not be a “human conditional” infallabilty?(not true infallability) Is the Pope’s free will negated when he is dealing in church matters? We as mere humans also cannot claim to know the hearts of other men, so then it would impossible for us to tell if the Pope being guided by the spirit, or if he is straying.
any imput would be greatly appreciated;-)