I believe everything the creed says, but why must I also believe in papal infallibility?

Full Question

I believe the creed to be the essential teaching of our Catholic faith, but why do I have to believe all this other stuff about Mary or papal infallibility?


Because, if you believe the creed to be the essential teaching of our Catholic faith, you therefore “believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.” When that Church, with the apostolic authority described by the creed, promulgates dogmas (such as the dogmas concerning Mary or the infallibility of the pope), it is declaring that this teaching is something we have received, implicitly or explictly, from the apostles. You therefore are bound to believe it precisely becauseof what the creed teaches about the Church. You cannot pit the creed against the Church’s teaching of doctrine.



  1. William Reply

    reading your question, I am not sure if you know exactly what “papal infallibility” truly is.
    do you know that there are only two (2) “ex cathedra” proclamations by the popes and that both of them concern Mother Mary.?
    But neither of these was earth-shattering to Roman Catholics, because these beliefs had been nurtured through devotion, prayer, and local teaching for centuries before becoming official papal teaching –

    see more at: uscatholic.org/church/2011/05/there-list-infallible-teachings

  2. catstclair12000 Reply

    We are rather stuck with it. Christ said that the gates of Hell would not prevail against the Church. Without an authority to proclaim what is and what is not of the faith, how could we be certain of the truth? Peter was given the keys of the kingdom and it has been handed down through the ages.
    People who are not of the faith think that everything a pope says is true- and that is not true. As William said, it has to be ex cathedra, from the Chair of Peter. It is not like the Pope gets up one morning and decides something. A council is called, the Holy Spirit guides the Church and the doctrine is pronounced. It only happens when some truth begins to be questioned and denied.

  3. Sharon Lorry Davis Reply

    Exactly! The Pope isn’t like the President, he doesn’t just declare something to be and then we must believe, blindly following.
    Besides, if you believe that The Holy Spirit is the One Who is guiding His Church, why would you not have Faith that He is leading our leader, the very one He choose to lead us!!

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