With all the media talk about the next Pope ‘changing the direction of the Church on Birth Control’ it has me a bit worried. Could the next Pope issue another encyclical overturning Humanae Vitae? Or is it infallible. Here is how Humanae Vitae ends:
“Venerable brothers, most beloved sons, and all men of good will, great indeed is the work of education, of progress and of love to which we call you, upon the foundation of the Church’s teaching, of which the successor of Peter is, together with his brothers in the episcopate, the depositary and interpreter.”
But I can’t tell if he is invoking his authority as the Bishop of Rome. Indeed, can an encyclical declar something infallibly?