Infallibility: Time To Find Another Term for This Doctrine? - Sightings (Gerard Mannion)
As a Protestant I am at times baffled by the Roman Catholic doctrine of papal infallibility. As I understand it, not everything the Pope says or writes is considered infallible, so when is it infallible and what does that mean for the future? One who has been asking questions from within the Roman Catholic Church for many decades is Hans Küng. Starting with his book on the church published in the 1960s Küng has been calling for an open dialog on the matter. Apparently he has done so once more and Pope Francis apparently is interested. I for one think that such a conversation would benefit not only the Roman Catholic Church, but the church at large. It would further our ecumenical relationships in powerful ways. Many years ago, when I was in seminary, I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Küng speak twice. Once took place immediately after John Paul II had deprived him of his right to teach Catholic theology. I remember him being warmly welcomed by the ecumenical community. I can also add that in those years of my own theological pilgrimage, his was a powerful voice in my journey. May his voice finally be heard! In this article Dr. Gerard Mannion enlightens us as to the issues at hand. I invite you to read and respond.