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How the Pope Became Infallible: Pius IX and the Politics of Persuasion

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 383 pages
Published January 1st 1981 by Doubleday
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Robert Federline
Mar 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
The best thing that can be said about this book is that the Appendix actually includes some of the criticism directed against the allegedly more complete and more thorough discussion of the same topic by the same author. Unfortunately, for the author, the critics present better and more reasoned arguments than does he.

From a theological perspective, this is a work of heresy. It appears from several passages near the beginning of the book that August Hasler does not believe in the divinity of Chr
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Kelly
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
Will
Jul 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
I expected an analysis of how the doctrine developed. What we get is an extended ad hominem tirade on how Pius IX was an awful, awful man.
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