Why There Never Has Been and There Never Will Be an Infallible Pope
Pope: Just a Man in a White Robe and a Goofy Hat
Who is a Pope?
Who is a Pope? A Pope is an actor pretending to be someone who he isn't on an elaborate stage set in an opulent part of Rome called the Vatican. He's a man whom the Catholic church has inaccurately portrayed as God's representative of the Catholic church on Earth. He's a man who the Catholic church has misrepresented to followers of the Catholic faith (and the entire world), as a man who is infallible. He is a man who has been inappropriately portrayed as an intercessor between those who confess their sins to him and God. The fact is, that none of this is true. He is simply a fallible human being dressed in a white robe and a funny hat. He has NO SPECIAL relationship with God that allows him to intercede between us normal human beings and God. He is equally as fallible as any human being on earth, because that is what he is, simply a flawed human being like all of the rest of humanity. Even the Pope himself believes the lies that the Catholic church has perpetuated for over a thousand years. The Papacy began in the 1st Century AD. A Pope is elected by a conclave of high ranking Catholic Bishops who are locked in a room until a choice is made by a 2/3 majority vote. When the successful vote has been reached, the ballots are burned and white smoke will arise from the chimney where the conclave is being held. According to historical records, the first Pope was St. Peter from 30 AD to 64 AD. Their are documented references to all of the Popes throughout history since then.
There is no ACTUAL historical proof that St. Peter was ever a Pope or was ever associated with Catholicism. The FACT is that St. Peter was a Christian, and if one accepts the Bible as the literal Word of God, one can not be both a practicing Catholic and a practicing Christian simultaneously. The basis for the argument for St. Peter being the first Pope is centered around the assumption that he, at one time, must have been in Rome. The evidence both for and against that argument is circumstantial at best and it can neither be proved nor disproved. Either way, St. Peter was definitely fallible, and he even denied knowing Jesus before Judas betrayed Him.
"Judge Not, Lest Ye be Judged"
Many would say that I have no right to judge who the Pope is, and in fact, I am not judging the Pope, nor am I judging Catholics in general. I am judging a religion that makes up it's own rules that go against every thing the Bible teaches about what it means to be a Christian, and yet the Catholic church teaches their devout followers to go against what the Bible says.
They teach that the Pope and priests can intercede between human beings and God, but yet Jesus says in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” In other words, there is NO HUMAN being that has ever lived, is living, or ever will live that can intercede between human beings and God other than Jesus. No Pope, Priest, Bishop, Pastor, or any other clergyman can do this.
The same applies to confessing our sins. No human being can intercede on behalf of us to God to confess our sins against God. We can only confess our sins against our brothers and sisters to each other, and hope that they will see fit to forgive us, but if they don't, then we have to turn to God through Jesus Christ to ask for forgiveness. Again, no clergy or Pope can do this for us.
I don't judge the Pope or any priest, because it is not their fault that they have been taught these fallacies about themselves. It's the hierarchy of the Catholic church that has perpetrated these lies throughout history.
The Doctrine of Papal Infallibility
"The solemn declaration of papal infallibility by Vatican I took place on 18 July 1870." Quoted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papal_infallibility. If, in fact a Pope could genuinely be infallible, this doctrine would have been in place since the time of St. Peter's supposed Papacy in 30 AD, prior to Jesus's crucifixion. Since this Doctrine was instituted by men, rather than Jesus, it is, in itself, subject to being fallible. Prior to 1870, Papal infallibility was merely an opinion held by the followers of Catholicism which dates back to medieval theological beliefs. One documented exception to the infallibility of the Papacy is Pope John XXIII who once remarked: "I am only infallible if I speak infallibly but I shall never do that, so I am not infallible." Good to know that at least one Pope understood that he was human.
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