“Habemus Papum”! What great words uttered yet once more by the Catholic Church.
As most of you know, Father Jorge Bergoglio was elected to be the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church yesterday (Wednesday, March 13, 2013); he chose the papal name Francis. He became the first pontiff from Latin America and the first from outside of Europe in more than a millennium.
And he said “…… pray for me……”. And I thought of this image!
This image was taken from inside St. Peter’s Basilica. It shows one of the popes with the message Pio Papae X. This is the dogma of papal infallibility, which was defined with the Dogmatic Constitution by Pastor Aeternus, the translated text of which is shown below:
“We, therefore, adhering faithfully to the tradition received from the start of the Christian faith, to the glory of God our Savior, for the exaltation of the Catholic religion and health of Christian peoples with the approval of the Sacred Council, we teach and define as being divinely revealed dogma , the Roman Pontiff, when he speaks ex cathedra, that is when, exercising the office of pastor and teacher of all Christians, by his supreme apostolic authority, defines a doctrine concerning faith or morals to having to hold the whole Church, for the ’ divine assistance promised to him in blessed Peter, enjoy that infallibility which the divine Redeemer willed his Church to be provided in defining a doctrine of faith or morals, and therefore such definitions of the Roman Pontiff to be themselves and not for the consent of the Church, irreformable. If no then, tolgalo God, dared to contradict this our definition, is anathema . "
According to this doctrine, the pope must therefore be considered infallible when he speaks ex cathedra, that is, when exercising “his supreme office of pastor and teacher of all Christians” and “defines a doctrine of faith or morals”, as established by him under these conditions “binds the whole Church.”
Let us pray for our new pope.