|And when, precisely, did the
Holy Roman Catholic Church acquire the whole truth? |
Roman Magisterium actively supported the evil institution of slavery
1) the Council of Gangra in 362, which was affirmed by
2) Pope Martin I in 650, further decreed by
3) the Ninth
Council of Toledo in 655 and furthered by
4) Pope Urban II in
1089 and during the Crusades by
5) Pope Alexander III at the
Third Lateran Council and
6) Pope Innocent III at the Fourth
Lateran Council and
7) Pope Nicholas V in 1454
firmly established by that time I'd say, you know the chant:
Maybe we began to get the truth when, in
1839, Gregory XVI condemned slave trading, which the bishops in the
South interpreted as not a condemnation of domestic slavery.
Even after the United States was starting to get THE truth
about slavery, post Civil War, as late as 1866 the Holy Office
issued an instruction reaffirming the moral justification of
Perhaps it was in 1891 that the Church made clear
that slavery was incompatible with fundamental human rights as Leo
XIII took such a position?
The magisterium was CLEARLY and
UNAMBIGUOUSLY WRONG on such a grave moral evil as slavery for
Why does this not raise at least a doubt, in some
minds, that it could be wrong again?
Notwithstanding all of
the above, there is still one major question begging: why didn't
Paul VI make an infallible pronouncement, that is speak ex cathedra?
Faith and Reason are partners. Read Fides et Ratio, a
brilliant document in so many regards. Rose, hang on to your reason
and cling to your faith. Others of you, cling to your faith and take
comfort in your invincible ignorance.
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Yes, in your
context that would be a lowercase 'c.' When speaking of the Holy
Roman Catholic Church, it is capitalized.
There are many
churches (lowercase intended) with only partial truth, those would
be protestant churches, their members are their own pope as stated
You and editor must get over this name calling, what
kind of example is that for your children? Maybe ABC in your case is
a blessing. Oops, sorry fell into uncharitablness myself.