Okay, got some questions for you guys. I’m doing research into this and hope some things can be cleared up:
I know Pope Francis has admitted that the Pope can make mistakes. I know that the Catholic Church of today teaches that the Pope is not impeccable. I know that Papal Infallibility is often mistaken as impeccability. But, let’s go through a history lesson here to help out our protestant separated brethren who I know:
Has there been an instance during the Reformation where the Pope(such as Pope Leo X) made a fallible statement that the Pope is impeccable based from his own opinion? If so, is there any examples of this.
Even though selling of indulgances is against Church teaching, did Pope Leo X ever give permission to sell indulgances? Where did this idea come from that he did if he never actually sold them? Let’s get to the root of this false accusation if it really is a false accusation and lay it to rest.
Did the Pope ever say something along the lines of “Yes, it’s okay to do that[sell indulgances]—to get finances for the Church.” And therefore, gave blessings for corrupt priests to sell indulgances. If this is true, I want to make the distinction that the Pope is not impeccable and this in no way affects or has anything to do with Papal Infallibility.
A protestant told me "The Pope gave permission, and he gave his blessing for the Church to sell indulgances. He gave his blessing that indulgances would be sold to the people, and that they would be going to their seat in Heaven—their way to Heaven. The Protestant Church—Martin Luther in particular, said: THAT is not biblical. And he pointed there, “You are saved by faith in Jesus Christ.”
How historically accurate is this accusation against the Pope during Martin Luther’s time and the Catholic Church?