(of the Church of Rome) is the doctrine that the Church of Rome
cannot at any time cease to be orthodox in her doctrine, and that what
she declares ex cathedrâ is substantially true. The doctrine is
based on the Divine promise to the disciples, “Howbeit when the Spirit
of Truth is come, he will guide you into all truth” (John xvi. 13).
The dogma of the “Infallibility of the Pope” was decreed by the
Vatican Council in 1870.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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