…is it impossible for Him to make man its infallible guardian and interpreter?
From “The Faith of our Fathers,” Cardinal Gibbons, 1917
"You will tell me that infallibility is too great a prerogative to be conferred on man. I answer: has not God, in former times, clothed his Apostles with power far more exalted? They were endowed with gifts of working miracles,of prophecy, and inspiration; they were the mouthpiece communicating God’s revelation, of which Popes are merely the custodian. If God could make man the organ of his revealed Word, is it impossible for Him to make man its infallible guardian and interpreter? For, surely, greater is the Apostle who gives us the inspired Word than the Pope who preserves it from error.
"Let us see, sir, whether an infallible Bible is sufficient for you. Either you are infallibly certain that your interpretation of the Bible is correct, or you are not.
"If you are infallibly certain, then you assert for yourself, and of course for every reader of Scripture, a personal infallibility which you deny the Pope, and which we claim only for him. You make every man his own Pope.
"If you are not infallbly certain that you understand the true meaning of the whole Bible…, then I ask, of what use to you is the objective infallibility of the Bible without an infallible interpreter?