Craig Truglia responded to my response. Here is my response to his response.
Some preliminary remarks. It was said that my last response was far too much “tangential”, and not relevant to the points at issue. This is fair. I saw my article as an opportunity to add some other information, and this proved to be far too much static which distracts from the main. Therefore, I will stick to only the relevant points which deserve, and keep it as short as possible. Continue reading →
In his book “The Ecumenical Councils” by Fr. Francis Dvornik, there is a section entitled “The Vatican Definition and Orthodox Belief in Church Infallibility” in the chapter on the 1st Vatican Council. In this section, Dvornik seeks to show how the Catholic doctrine of Papal Infallibility can possibly be calibrated to match what the Eastern Orthodox believe about ecclesial infallibility. He first states how the promise of Christ of infallibility was first and foremost to the catholic church as a whole. Christ spoke to all the Apostles when he said, “All authority has been given to Me on heaven and earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…baptizing them…teaching them all things I’ve commanded…and I will be with you always, even unto the end of the age” (Matt 28:18-20). Therefore, the charism of infallibility, according to Dvornik, resides primarily in the Church as a whole, and the ministry of Peter’s successor is a unique organ to effect this charism, as is the ministry of Ecumenical Councils, and then also of the universal episcopate, spread abroad in their own respective realms, when they teach on a doctrine of faith and morals in perfect agreement in and with the Pope’s communion. One part of his explanation, however, was particularly interesting and thought-provoking. Continue reading →