Is the Apostolic Exhortation Infallible?

I get so confused about this stuff.

No one has said that the Pope made an Ex Cathedra Statement, but I think I remember learning that if a Pope exhorted the Church in matters of faith and morals he was speaking infallibly.

  1. Is the Joy of Love infallible?

  2. How can I know when any of these Papal documents are infallible? Are encyclicals infallible? Do I have to believe we’re causing climate change?

  3. Is there a list anywhere of infallible teachings of the Church?

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PAPAL INFALLIBILITY**"+****P**apal infallibility is the dogma in Roman Catholic theology that, by action of the Holy Spirit, the Pope is preserved from even the possibility of error [1] when he solemnly declares or promulgates to the universal Church a dogmatic teaching on faith or morals as being contained in DIVINE REVELATION, or at least being intimately connected to DIVINE REVELATION. It is also taught that the **Holy Spirit **works in the body of the Church, as sensus fidelium, to ensure that dogmatic teachings proclaimed to be infallible will be received by all Catholics. This dogma, however, DOES NOT state either that the Pope cannot sin in his own personal life or that he is necessarily free of error, even when speaking in his official capacity, outside the specific contexts in which the dogma applies.

This doctrine was defined dogmatically in the First Vatican Council of 1870. According to Catholic theology,** there are several concepts important to the understanding of infallible, divine revelation**: ** :bible1: Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the Sacred Magisterium**. The infallible teachings of the Pope are part of the Sacred Magisterium, which also consists of ecumenical councils and the “ordinary and universal magisterium”. In Catholic theology, papal infallibility is one of the channels of the infallibility of the Church. The infallible teachings of the Pope must be based on, or at least not contradict, Sacred Tradition or :bible1: Sacred Scripture. Papal infallibility DOES NOT signify that the Pope is impeccable, i.e…, that he is specially exempt from liability to sin.

In practice, popes seldom use their power of infallibility, but rely on the notion that the Church allows the office of the pope to be the ruling agent in deciding what will be accepted as formal beliefs in the Church. [2]

Since the solemn declaration of Papal Infallibility by Vatican I on July 18, 1870, this power has been used ONLY ONCE ex cathedra: in 1950 when Pope Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary as being an article of faith for Roman Catholics. Prior to the solemn definition of 1870, Pope Pius IX, with the support of the overwhelming majority of Roman Catholic bishops, had proclaimed the Immaculate Conception of Mary an ex cathedra dogma in December 1854." - Wapedia[/INDENT]Click on the link below for further information:


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. . . thank You Sweet Spirit of our Holy God

My question is, what difference does it make?

“Is the Joy of Love infallible? Yes, except for the portions concerning the Pope’s opinions…”

I have never heard of something being considered “infallible, except for…” That simply does not make sense.

"Papal documents are infallible when the Pope and/or the rest of the magisterium clearly indicates they are, and when they do not change Church teaching. "

Sorry but I think you simply made this up.

No it is not an infallible teaching, having a lower status of authority than an encyclical. However a wise man does not need the authority of infallibility to endorse traditional Catholic teaching. I still read the whiff of frustrated hope in the leftist commentary, somehow hoping that the Pope leaves the door open to communion for the remarried divorced. Hard to open an option on a topic not even mentioned in the Exhortation, however, the thirst for a change in the truth has always been the cornerstone of much media commentary.

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