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How the Pope Became Infallible: Pius IX and the Politics of Persuasion
In a moment of candor and humility, the late Pope Paul VI admitted that the papacy itself--and specifically the doctrine of papal infallibility, fought for so relentlessly by his predecessor, Pius IX--is one of the greatest obstacles to Christian reunion. How that doctrine went from being a minority opinion at the beginning of the nineteenth century to a solemnly defined d ...more
Hardcover, 1st, 383 pages
Published 1981 by Doubleday & Company
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I read the firsts 6 chapters, and that taught me enough about the topic. The challenge is that there are a ton of players, all bishops and cardinals and such, and it's hard to track it all. Hasler really did his homework in the Vatican archive, and kudos to him. This book is complete, that's for sure. But for a more casual reader (like me) it's way too much detail. The gist of the story is that Pius IX decided he wanted the pope to be infallible in all decisions. This had never been before, and ...more