Is it true that we only have fragments of the letters of Pope Honorius? Historian Henry R. Percival calls them “Epistles”. Is this accurate? Catholics often quote Pope’s old “Epistles” as if they are infallible, as well as sermons/speeches they gave before Councils.
How can we be sure that Honorius did not satisfy the requirements for infallibility? Encyclicals are written to certain people at times, and yet are intended for anyone.
Pope St. Leo the Great, Letter 16, Oct. 21, 447, #6: “Wherefore, as it is quite clear that these two seasons of which we have been speaking are the rightful ones for baptizing the chosen in Church, we admonish you, beloved, not to add other days to this observance. Because, although there are other festivals also to which much reverence is due in God’s honour, yet we must rationally guard this principal and greatest sacrament as a deep mystery and not part of the ordinary routine: not, however, prohibiting the license to succor those who are in danger by administering baptism to them at any time. For while we put off the vows of those who are not pressed by ill health and live in peaceful security to those two closely connected and cognate festivals, we do not at any time refuse this which is the **only safeguard **of true salvation to anyone in peril of death, in the crisis of a siege, in the distress of persecution, in the terror of shipwreck.”
The Church subsequently teaches baptism of desire