The [Catholic] Church and Ecclesiology (Index Page)

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Strasbourg Cathedral (Alsace, France). At 466 feet, it was the world’s tallest building from 1647 to 1874. It remains the highest extant structure built entirely in the Middle Ages. Photo by David Iliff (2-8-14) [Wikimedia CommonsCC-BY-SA 3.0 license]
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This testimony of the universal holy Christian Church, even if we had nothing else, would be a sufficient warrant for holding this article [on the sacrament] and refusing to suffer or listen to a sectary, for it is dangerous and fearful to hear or believe anything against the unanimous testimony, belief, and teaching of the universal holy Christian churches, unanimously held in all the world from the beginning until now over fifteen hundred years.
 
(Martin Luther, in the year 1532; from Protestant Luther biographer Roland H. Bainton, Studies on the Reformation [Boston: Beacon Press, 1963], p. 26; primary source: WA [Werke, Weimar edition in German], XXX, 552)
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GENERAL ECCLESIOLOGY 
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Are Catholics Christians? (vs. James White) [May 1995]
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Dialogue on Protestant vs. Catholic Ecclesiologies (vs. Dr. EL Hamilton) [6-5-03; rev. 1-20-04] *
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THE INDEFECTIBILITY OF THE CHURCH

Indefectibility: Does God Protect His Church from Doctrinal Error? [11-1-05; abridged and reformulated a bit on 2-14-17]

“The Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail” Against the Church [11-11-08]

Sunny Optimism Regarding God’s Guidance of His Church Now and Always (Including Liturgical Discussion) [7-22-11]

Dialogue with a Lutheran on Ecclesiology & Old Testament Indefectibility Analogies [11-22-11]

St. Francis de Sales: Bible vs. Total Depravity (+ Biblical Evidence for the Indefectibility of the Church, from the Psalms)  [11-24-11]

The Bible on the Indefectibility of the Church [2013]

Michael Voris’ Ultra-Pessimistic Views Regarding the Church [7-3-13]

Critique of Three Michael Voris Statements Regarding the State of the Church [7-3-13]

Indefectibility, Fear, & the Synod on the Family [9-30-15]

Quasi-Defectibility and Phil Lawler vs. Pope Francis (see also more documentation of Lawler’s reactionary leanings, on the Facebook thread) [12-28-17]

 

APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION

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Apostolic Succession as Seen in the Jerusalem Council [National Catholic Register, 1-15-17]
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CLERGY AND ORDINATION / HOLY ORDERS / BISHOPS
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Bishops in the Apostolic Church [1-16-01; rev. 5-7-03]
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Dialogue: “Bad” Bishops & “Confusing” Francis (vs. Dr. Peter Kwasniewski) [4-28-16]
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WOMEN’S ORDINATION
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Should a Woman Teach a Man? Women in the Catholic Church [1-16-09; posted to Facebook on 2-14-17]
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Is Male-Only Priesthood Sexist? [2007; slight revision: 4-5-16]
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Dialogue with a Traditionalist Regarding Deaconesses (vs. Dr. Peter Kwasniewski) [5-13-16]

 

ECCLESIASTICAL AUTHORITY 

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RULE OF FAITH (BIBLE + CHURCH + TRADITION)

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CONSCIENCE AND PRIVATE JUDGMENT / DISSENT
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How Much Can Catholics Disagree with the Church? [4-7-01 and 3-13-09 and 9-23-10]
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ECCLESIASTICAL AUTHORITY: THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL
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Dialogue on Vatican II: Its Relative Worth, Interpretation, and Application (with Patti Sheffield vs. Traditionalist David Palm) [9-15-13]

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Vatican II Defended Against Reactionary (and Some Traditionalist) Charges [4-25-14; expanded and re-edited: 1-23-17]

Defense of Vatican II and Ecumenism (Dave Armstrong and Paul Hoffer vs. Tony Jokin) [Facebook discussion thread, 12-18-14]

Apologia for Vatican II / Misguided Reactionary Criticisms [8-17-15]

“Novelties” of Vatican II (Religious Liberty & Ecumenism)? [2-10-17]

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INFALLIBILITY AND ECUMENICAL COUNCILS 

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Dialogue on the Logic of Catholic Infallible Authority [6-4-96]

Pope Silvester and the Council of Nicaea (vs. James White) [August 1997]

Conciliar Infallibility: Church Documents [6-5-98] *

Vatican II: Is it Orthodox and Binding? / The Infallibility and Sublime Authority of Conciliar and Papal Decrees / Different Levels of Church Authority [7-30-99] *

Short Dialogue on Binding Conciliar Authority (vs. “Josh”) [9-5-05] *

The Analogy of an Infallible Bible to an Infallible Church [11-6-05; rev. 7-25-15 and 6-7-17; published at National Catholic Register: ]

The Bible on Papal & Church Infallibility [5-16-06]

Galileo Affair: No Disproof of Catholic Infallibility (vs. Ken Temple) [5-18-06]

Council of Nicea: Reply to James White: Its Relationship to Pope Sylvester, Athanasius’ Views, & the Unique Preeminence of Catholic Authority [4-2-07]

Protestant Historian Philip Schaff: The Church Fathers Believed in Conciliar Infallibility Based on the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15) [10-8-07; posted to Facebook on 2-7-17]

“Where Can One Find a List of Infallible Catholic Doctrines?” [11-11-05; rev. 9-16-08] *

Dialogue with a Traditional Anglican on Infallibility [10-6-08] *

Papal Participation in the First Seven Ecumenical Councils [4-22-09]

Reply to Jason Engwer’s Post, “The Canon and Church Infallibility” (Disproof of Catholic Development of Doctrine?) (+ Part II / Part III / Part IV) [1-15-10] *

Dialogue with David Waltz on the Early Creeds and Councils (Particularly, on Christology and Homoousion) [2-6-10] *

Dialogue with an Atheist on the Galileo Fiasco and its Relation to Catholic Infallibility (vs. Jon Curry) [8-11-10]

Geocentrism: Not at All an Infallible Dogma of the Catholic Church (David Palm and “Jordanes”) [11-20-10] *

Books by Dave Armstrong: Biblical Proofs for an Infallible Church and Papacy [2012]

“Reply to Calvin” #2: Infallible Church Authority [3-3-17]

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HERETICAL CONCILIARISM
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THE JERUSALEM COUNCIL
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Apostolic Succession as Seen in the Jerusalem Council [National Catholic Register, 1-15-17]
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THE “INFALLIBILITY REGRESS” (PROTESTANT POLEMICAL ARGUMENT)
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THE CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT
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CLERICAL CELIBACY

Clerical Celibacy & the Principle of Asceticism in Catholicism (Louis Bouyer) [1997; posted to Facebook on 2-7-17]

Dialogue on Clerical Celibacy [1997 and 1998] *

Why Peter’s Marriage Doesn’t Disprove Catholicism: A Dialogue [January 1999]

Clerical Celibacy: Hostile Protestant Commentary & Catholic Replies [2-21-04]

Clerical Celibacy: The Irrational Antipathy of Martin Luther [Facebook, 2-21-04]

Dialogue on Celibacy of the Clergy (vs. Ken Temple) [7-2-06] *

Dialogue on Objections to Clerical Celibacy (vs. “Grubb”) (+ Part Two) [7-12-06] *

Clerical Celibacy: Dialogue with John Calvin [9-17-09]

Mandatory Celibacy of Catholic Priests in the Western / Latin Rite: A New (?) Argument [11-16-12] [see also vigorous Facebook discussion: 7-31-14]

The Fruitfulness of the Eunuch Devoted to God (Isaiah 56) (Paul Seberras) [Facebook, 2-7-17]

Forbidding Marriage? Consecrated Virginity & the Catholic “Both / And” [9-13-17]

Priestly Celibacy: Ancient, Biblical and Pauline [National Catholic Register, 9-18-17]

Garden-Variety Rapid-Fire Objections to Priestly Celibacy Debunked [Facebook, 9-18-17]

Married Bishops (1 Tim 3) & Catholic Celibacy: Contradiction? [9-18-17; expanded on 6-20-18]

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TITLE OF “CATHOLIC”

“Roman Catholic” vs. “Catholic” (Proper Titles) (with Jimmy Akin) [1996] *

Does “Catholic Christian” Indicate a Sub-Catholic Ecclesiology and Understanding? [3-23-06] *

Objections to the Title “Neo-Catholic” [3-9-07] *

When Did the Title, “Catholic Church” Begin? [7-22-07; posted to Facebook on 2-7-17]

On the Use of “Traditionalist” Preceding the Name of “Catholic” [7-3-13]

On the Use of the Titles “Catholic” & “Roman Catholic” [10-20-17]

 

GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS

Is Catholicism Half-Pagan? [1999; revised in one section on 2-22-06]

“How Does One Decide Which Church is True?” [8-11-05; posted to Facebook on 5-12-17]

Biblical Evidence for Expensive Church Buildings [3-18-08]

“Why Is the Catholic Church So Hated?” [7-7-08; posted to Facebook on 5-12-17]

Catholic Sources on Celtic Christianity and a Supposed “Celtic Church” Separate From Rome (Links) [7-21-08] *

“Why is the Catholic Church So Legalistic and Rationalistic?” (Orthodox and Protestant Criticisms) [9-8-08] *

Brief Thoughts on the Sunday Mass Obligation [10-7-08; re-posted to Facebook on 5-4-17]

Biblical Evidence Against Tithing [2-4-09]

Biblical Evidence for Holy Days [9-21-09]

Mandatory Tithing: Further Thoughts [11-1-09]

“Leaven” of the Pharisees: Hypocrisy or False Doctrine? (vs. Nathan Rinne) [11-3-11]

Reply to Robin Phillips’ “Why I’m Not a Catholic” [1-31-12]

Exchange on the Renaissance: Good or Bad Thing? (vs. William C. Michael) [Facebook, 3-20-13]

Sunday Worship (vs. Sabbatarianism) / Sunday Obligation to Attend Mass (Links and Commentary) [1-19-08; expanded and bad links removed: 2-12-15; re-checked and posted to Facebook on 5-4-17]

Discussion of the Met Gala, in Which Catholicism was Mocked in Some of the Costumes [Facebook, 5-8-18]
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ST. TERESA OF CALCUTTA (MOTHER TERESA)

Mother Teresa on Love & Theology [9-5-16]

Malcolm Muggeridge & Mother Teresa: A Blessed, Fruitful Meeting [9-6-16]

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  • Dave,
    I have a Catholic friend that is having doubts about the the Catholic doctrine of the Infallibility of the Pope and his universal authority. Do you have any discussions/debates that cover this issue?
    Thanks,

  • Dave,
    I have a Catholic friend that is having doubts about the the Catholic doctrine of the Infallibility of the Pope and his universal authority. Do you have any discussions/debates that cover this issue?
    Thanks,

    Fri Jun 06, 10:41:00 AM EDT
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  • Sure; see my book linked at the top of this web page and also my Papacy web page:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/davearmstrong/2006/11/papacy-index-page.html