Watching CSI on Thursday night, information was brought to my attention that revealed the following…
- There is, however, no unity between Scripture and Catholic tradition. And to complicate matters, this tradition of the Catholic Church is recorded in 150 volumes. Many of the traditions contradict one another. For example, pope Gregory XIII said that it was not murder to abort an embryo of less than 40 days. His successor, pope Sixtus V disagreed and made excommunication the penalty. But then came along pope Gregory XIV, who reverse this, making such 40 day abortions not punishable. Then in 1869 pope Pius IX decreed that the killing of an embryo was murder, decreeing excommunication as the penalty.*
- Now either some of the popes were wrong when they spoke ex cathedra, which would mean that the pope is not infallible, or God just couldn’t make up His mind. I would hate to put the blame on God, “who cannot change and who is never shadowed over” (James 1:17 NAB).**
How can I argue the case of Papal Infalability against this information. I know that in some cases the Pope may not have been offering their opinions in the form of official teachings and therefore they may not have been governed by Papal Infalability, but still I have to admit this is a really good protestant argument. I would really like to be able to challenge anyone who might want to use it to attack my faith. Please help.