I am debating the extent of the pope’s authority/ability to bind Catholics’ beliefs necessary for salvation with two anti-Catholics. We’ve agreed that the pope can only bind Catholics with regard to issues of faith and morals.
The current issue is who decides whether a statement is related to faith and morals? Their point is that the pope is the ultimate authority in theological disputes; therefore, he could decide what is and is not an issue of faith and morals. He could declare whatever he wanted to be an issue of faith and morals, make an infallible statement about that issue, and make Catholics believe something stupid/wrong.
Is there anything that I can use to refute this? Or does it come down to faith that it won’t happen (that argument won’t win me any points)?