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La Repubblica - Italy | Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The end of infallibility

The Pope's resignation is a revolutionary act that will change the power structures within the Church, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica predicts: "The Church is becoming more secular. Up to now, within the Church and among the faithful the Pope was regarded as Christ's representative on Earth. This means according to the First Vatican Council of 1870 that his words, as the words of the 'teacher of all Christians' are infallible in matters of faith and morals. Up to now this infallibility has prevented reconciliation between Catholics and Protestants and between Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox Church. ... The resignation of Benedict XVI removes this obstacle. ... The consequences of this secularisation will affect the distribution of power within the Church. Parallel to limiting the role of the Pope, the power of the Vatican Council and the synods, or the Bishops' Conferences, will grow."

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