Infallibility (Papal).—Roman Catholics believe that, in order to speak infallibly, the Bishop of Rome must be sitting in the Chair of Peter. It requires elaborate hoisting equipment and a small army of workmen to get him into the thing, and most years the Vatican simply does not have the budget for papal infallibility. This is why popes so seldom define dogma ex cathedra and usually just make slightly grumpy remarks about current affairs.


  1. The Shadow says:

    You joke, but a classic Protestant hit piece actually argued at some length that St. Peter’s chair had been lost for centuries, so the Pope could never actually exercise infallibility. Gotcha, Papists!

  2. tom says:

    I doubt that in St. Peter’s days the chair had even been invented. Most people sat on big rocks.

  3. Daniel says:

    “… slightly grumpy remarks…” By “grumpy” I take Dr. Boli to mean “way, way, way out in left field” in spite of the fact that Jean “Grumpy” Lovell of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (from 1948 to 1954) was actually a pitcher and catcher, not a left fielder.

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