Recently I’ve read about how Pius XI apparently declared a teaching of Leo XIII as an “evil opinion”, and about how Francis’s new teachings and assertions are somewhat radical (allowing unrepentant, public adulterers to receive the Holy Eucharist). The passage about Leo XIII and Pius XI was actually written by a Catholic priest who seems to be highly educated towards the faith; it seemed to me like he was acknowledging that the Church has changed its teachings/contradicted itself.
The Roman Catholic Church prides itself on being correct on every last one of its claims and teachings (and from what I understand, the Church uses this as a primary basis for its “validity”). The Pope is traditionally seen as being absolutely infallible in all of his teachings. Yet here we see blatant examples of apparent contradictions in the Catholic Church. We see Pius IX not merely altering Catholic teachings from what Leo XIII asserted…we see him absolutely condemning his teachings and calling them evil. Even today, Francis is now going against previously “solid” Church teachings.
So…shouldn’t the fact that the Catholic Church has ever changed its teachings or has ever had contradictions render the Church as invalid – considering it insists that it has never changed its teachings?
Interested in hearing the Catholic defense of these points