Under what conditions does the pope invoke “ex cathedra” (from the chair) ?
We know that when the pope speaks and writes about matters of faith and morals that he does so infallibly, so what is the point of ex cathedra?
It would seem that we have left ourselves vulnerable to dissenters who may claim that teachings for which ex cathedra has not been invoked may be changeable.
Relatedly, would it be prudent for the next pope to invoke ex cathedra on all of the hot button issues (abortion, contraception, ordination of women, homosexual unions, human cloning, embryonic research, human cloning and euthanasia) in order to put them to rest once and for all?
Thanks for your opinions !