Papal fallibility

Who could not like such an appealing face? Our hearts are moved to pity. But getting past human emotion, we have to see that his words are wrong, leading men and women down the broad way to destruction.

Proverbs 17:15


He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just,
Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.



In his widely acclaimed 2013 Exhortation The Joy of the Gospel, the programmatic document of his pontificate, Francis writes that “Non-Christians, by God’s gracious initiative, when they are faithful to their own consciences, can live justified by the grace of God” (n. 254).

Where Does Pope Francis Stand on the Doctrine of Justification?

Leonardo De Chirico

Romans 3:10-12

10 As it is written:

“There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.”


27 thoughts on “Papal fallibility

  1. Just yesterday I was approached online by a Roman Catholic man who suggested that we could meet for fellowship.
    So told him that I appreciate his niceness very much, and that I wasn’t associating him as a person with that religion, but I could never embrace that blasphemous religion. And I listed a few things that I find to be blasphemous… popes infallibility ex cathedra, idolatry of Mary, praying to Mary, sidestepping Jesus as our intermediary to the Father by seeking forgiveness by way of a priest, etc.

    I really felt that I had no other choice. It’s hard to potentially hurt someone’s feelings who is nice to you.

    All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ.

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  2. Wow, what a disturbing doctrine, sister. Thank you for speaking about it. If people would just work this out logically they could see how wrong it is. What if being loyal to my conscious means killing people? Is that ok too? Such a strange way to reason with eternity! May God richly bless you, dear sister, grace and peace to you.

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    • lnhereford, dear sister, yes, it is such a strange doctrine, so blind and damning. Right! If you think it through, trusting the conscience – the heart – as an unbeliever is dangerous. Unbelievers need to hear the Word of God. This must become their life and guide by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Pope desires to bring everyone under the power of Rome, and these kinds of statements are made with that in mind.

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  3. Maria, Catholicism is in a strange position. On the one hand it says all can be saved by “following the light they’ve been given,” even atheists. On the other hand it demands people be baptized and receive sacramental grace in order to be able to obey the Ten Commandments so as to merit Heaven. It’s really the new ecumenical, interfaith Catholicism still keeping the old Catholicism on the shelf. Either way, it all boils down to works. Everyone loves this pope (except traditionalist Catholics) who is ever widening the broad way.

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  4. Here’s a good verse that goes with this. Luke 16.15

    “And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.”

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  5. It saddens me that Pope Francis is leading so many people astray. However, I am glad that people like yourself, Tom, and others are sharing the good news of God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and by Him alone.

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    • David, yes, he is leading many astray. But it almost seems as if Catholicism is imploding, from uncertainties about long-held dogmas and scandals. Because of this, there is an open door for the Gospel. (Benedict XVI saw the future of the Papacy as providing visible leadership for ‘people of faith’ around the world.)


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