Reason #785 To Be Catholic: Papal Infallibility
With the recent main stream news saying that Pope Francis has changed the Church's view of homosexuality, I knew my evangelical friend would be happily sending me an e-mail showing me that the pope has just reversed 2000 years of Church teaching. Sure enough, within hours of the pope's mis-interpreted statements, I got the e-mail as well as a facebook message from another evangelical friend asking "what's with this?"
I didn't need to read the news or Pope Francis' actual statements in context to already know what he said and didn't say regarding homosexuality. I didn't worry as some do regarding what this pope is going to say. Why? Because of papal infallibility. I trust the Holy Spirit and his promise to lead us in all truth. Regarding issues of faith and morality, the pope is prevented from speaking anything but truth. He couldn't if he wanted to change the Church's teachings on faith and morals.
Knowing this, I rest in my trust of Jesus' promises to His Church. The pope in union with the bishops when speaking ex-cathedra can not change a moral doctrine of the Church. This is a reason to be Catholic. I won't wake up someday to find out that the leaders of my denomination just voted to make homosexual activity among consenting adults no longer a sin.