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Unit 4: Papal Infallibility (Fr. Barron)


Fr. Barron on Papal Infallibility

Film Focus Point: This is a segment from Fr. Barron’s highly acclaimed series “Catholicism” in which he takes up the controversial issue of the infallibility of the Pope.

Text Focus Point: Pages 145-146

Discussion Questions

  1. What are common misconceptions among Catholics and non-Catholics about papal infallibility?

  2. What does Fr. Barron mean by his assertion that “to say the Pope is infallible means he knows who Jesus is”?

  3. What is the problem with the suggestion that the Bible is the sole source of authority?

  4. How might the importance of a living Church authority be likened to the role of the U.S. Supreme Court?

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