No where does has the Church taught that only very few things have been declared infallibly. That is the talk of theologians and scripture scholars. The source of all heresies in the Church are Catholic theologians and scripture scholars. None of these scholars has ever been infallible. They cannot be trusted. If it wasn’t for the Popes, who are constantly correcting the errors of these scholars, the Catholic Church would have split up years ago into various competing sects.
The Popes have never taught error, and can be totally trusted in their teachings.
The good theologians such as Aquinas and Augustine admit they cannot be trusted and they said they submitted everything they taught to the judgment of the Church, under the Popes
Since the scholars today don’t like being corrected for their errors, they make up the false idea that the Popes have seldom taught infallibly.
There are, clearly, only four tests of infallibility: The Pope must be
(1) intending to teach
(2) by virtue of his supreme apostolic authority, that is as Pope (ex cathedra) and not as a private theologian.
(3) a matter of Faith or morals
(4) to be held by the universal Church.
Unless one of these is missing, the Pope is teaching infallibly. Thus,** everything the Popes teach for the whole Church are infallible**, unless one of these points are missing.
I have been told that the churhc teaches infallblly concerning faith and morals but what about the churches stance in the past concerning the condemnation and outright genocide of protestant peoples (i know they did it also, but this is not in the context of the question), or their endorsing of the taking of indulgences to raise money (even though i know it was instituted out of a sincere response to a shallow current spirtuality). The church has both silently condoned and endorsed many tourblesome belifs thorughout the ages and I am unsure as to how these certain beliefs fit into the teaching magisterium. For example, i often wonder if say contraception within th ebonds of marriage is being taught in the similar manner as indulgences in the high middle ages? Did everyone have to believe that then, as we do now with contraception, etc?
If a Pope condones or endorses a belief, that is not a teaching.
For it to be a teaching it must have to be held by the whole Church, be related to faith or morals, the Pope must be intending to teach, and He must be teaching "ex cathedra", as head of the Church.
Thus, if a Pope commands that all men over the age of 60 be killed, that is not a teaching. That is a command and not a teaching, in which the Pope did not intend to give a teaching, it was not specified to be held by the whole Church.
And of course, since it contradicts a teaching of the Church, it must NOT be followed.