EWTN Catholic Q&A
re: New Teaching on Death Penalty
Question from Anny on 08-08-2018:

The Catechism is church doctrine which cannot change and the holy spirit protects the pope in his teaching of faith amd morals so how can the pope enter his personal ideology? Can you expand on your answer?

Thanks.

Answer by Judie Brown on 08-08-2018:

Anny

Yes, the Pope can change the Catechism at any time he wishes, but he did not change the actual doctrine of the Church because (a) he did not issue an infallible teaching document and (b) in order to do so he would have to order that Christ's words be edited as well.

So, while the Holy Spirit protects the Pope in matters of faith and morals, a politically designed statement such as that which the Pope just made is not a doctrine protected from error.

Judie

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