Friday, 10 October 2014

For your education

For all those Catholics out there that think that a pope can do no wrong and that every word he utters is infallible or that the Holy Spirit elects the pope, let us look at this opinion.

"I would not say so, in the sense that the Holy Spirit picks out the Pope. . . . I would say that the Spirit does not exactly take control of the affair, but rather like a good educator, as it were, leaves us much space, much freedom, without entirely abandoning us. Thus the Spirit's role should be understood in a much more elastic sense, not that he dictates the candidate for whom one must vote. Probably the only assurance he offers is that the thing cannot be totally ruined. There are too many contrary instances of popes the Holy Spirit obviously would not have picked!" Pope Benedict XVI in an interview with German television in 1997.

Just to remind you.

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