Benedict Won't Be Infallible Anymore
Vatican says his divine authority on all church matters goes to next pope
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2013 3:49 PM CST
Pope Benedict XVI holds the pastoral staff during the celebration of Ash Wednesday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

(Newser) – When Pope Benedict steps down as pope later this month, he loses some serious bragging rights: No longer will he be infallible, reports AFP via Raw Story. “These powers go with the office, so they will pass to the next pope," says a Vatican spokesman. "Whoever renounces no longer has the assistance of the Holy Spirit to guide the Universal Church."

For the record, the pope isn't deemed infallible in all things all the time, but only when he lays down the law on church doctrine in what's known as an "ex cathedra" statement, explains Slate. Those statements are exceedingly rare, and Benedict, like most popes, never had the pleasure. But even though he's losing his chance at infallibility, Benedict still is expected to advise his successor on the occasional papal matter, reports the LA Times.

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Dewser
Feb 14, 2013 8:06 AM CST
Its interesting to see how a curve ball like this only effects the people so deeply rooted in these traditions, to the people unconcerned... it does and means nothing. The world does not end, its just traditions and status of a big group of people.
jqpabc123
Feb 14, 2013 7:48 AM CST
The only difference between a "cult" and a "religion" ---- social acceptance.
realtruth
Feb 14, 2013 7:34 AM CST
Just Stupid ignorance of you all.. Better New Flash.. The Pope goes to confession daily.. The belief actually is… The Pope is ONLY Infallible when he is required to decide the issues that have grave consequences to the Church on earth... It is ONLY then the Church believes him to be guided by the Holy Spirit with infallibility.. Ok Now I am ready for your Stupid Remarks about the church… But here the answer in advance.. YES Yessss YES I am sure (with all his Infalibility) the he totally agreed with the Churches belief that Pedophile ARE shameful sinners, who defy Gods direction and spiritual challenge.. And that Priest are Not infallible.. Just like in society they are human men and behave like sinful men.. But Priest are like Cops, Judges, and Presidents... You wish and expect them to be better because of their status..but they are not.. Just human.. When they break the law they are subject to the law.. But like it or not OUR Law does NOT require you to incriminate yourself.. But in this matter the Pope is as human as you and me.. As a Human Fallible man he is disgusted with it, disgraced with it and ashamed of it.. But that is the extent of his human legal ability. He should refuses (and is NOT) to be the Judge of anyone. Neither Spiritual or legally. And I am just telling you the truth.. You may begin to Kill the Messenger.. So let the stone casting begin!!!