Ladies and Gentlemen,
The topic of controversial papal bulls has been hashed and rehashed then beaten like a dead horse. I do NOT want to get into a discussion about how to reconcile Boniface VIII’s Unam Sanctam with modern Catholic theology.
Relevant portion: “Furthermore, we declare, we proclaim, we define that it is absolutely necessary for salvation that every human creature be subject to the Roman Pontiff.”
Now over the years that I’ve studied this I’ve found there are those Catholics that try to explain it away as an underdeveloped doctrine and that we had to wait for Pius IX to clear things up, or that Boniface didn’t really intend it to mean how it sounds. Whatever the reasons I find them unconvincing. Please DO NOT DISTRACT THIS THREAD BY TRYING TO EXPLAIN AWAY THIS EMBARRARSSING BULL. Feel free to private message me if you understand the frustration and magnitude of this problem.
My only question to all of us here is this: Have any Catholic theologians simply said the papal bull does not qualify as infallible? If so, who?
Thanks, and sorry to come off a bit strong, but I want to be very clear so the thread doesn’t get cluttered by those who try to explain the bull away. Save it for another thread.