I joined this forum about a week ago and in that time I have learned a bit about Catholicism but unfortunately many posts became a he said/she said battle of Protestantism vs. Catholicism. I have been asked a million questions on beliefs only to be answered by some (but not all) with sarcastic responses and occassional snips (although I myself snipped back). When I answer something with Scripture references I have been told that it is not properly interpretated by me and that is why I need the Magisterium.
Now first and foremost, I believe that the authority of God has been written down in the Bible. Whether it was the Catholics who canonized it or the protestants (Wycliffe and Tyndale) who first tried publishing it into different languages is irrelevant to me. The Catechism even talks about the divinity behind Scripture and that it is indeed perfect.
But it is not the Bible itself that brings us to God but it is God himself. There are other ways of coming to the Lord than through the Bible. The Church is one, divine revelation (though I feel this is extremely rare); I have even heard of people starting to put faith in an almighty Creator by seeing His creation itself. Many scientists and astronomers realize that the world is not merely a coincidence. To unknown people groups, Missionaries walk and live a Godly life to show others Christ in them.
I am going to be blunt and be honest right now. Can a Catholic be Christian and know Christ? Without a doubt. But it is the premise of infallibility in the Magisterium and the Pope that I cannot acknowledge.
I cannot acknowledge that a person with a title or position gets authority to be 100% accurate in morals and faith. Especially when you look at people that have held this position. The Popes who stood at the forefront of the Crusades and the Inquisition. The Popes who stood by while the Holocaust went on and the Popes who cover-up sexual abuse scandals.
Again, I don’t say that people can’t be Catholic and Christian but to have people that have stood by while millions were killed in different periods of time and say they are infallible in matters of morals and faith I just can’t understand.
I do believe tradition itself is important to know. I believe learning about what people like Origen and Augustine did and said are vital in understanding faith. However, though studying it, I will not always agree with it as they just like every man, woman and child are not infallible or impeccable.
Can you please answer this idea of infallibility passed down the generations and how these atrocities could be committed if a man were infallible (if he were perfect in his moral decisions then it would be assumed that he would live the same moral life)?