The word “infallible” does not mean that the pope is perfect. It also does not mean that the pope knows everything. Instead, infallibility only applies when the pope speaks about solemn, official teachings on faith and morals, and he can’t ever change, add, or subtract Christian doctrine.
He only helps define or explain what we already believe, and he doesn’t do it on his own. The infallible teachings of the Pope are the result of many years – sometimes hundreds of years – of consultation with the other bishops and theologians of the Church. He is, in effect, voicing the belief of the whole Church.
“All priests, who are constituted in the order of the priesthood by the sacrament of Order, are bound together by an intimate sacramental brotherhood…” — Catechism of the Catholic Church 1568
I grew up in a house with two older brothers. As the youngest, I wasn’t always a part of the activities and sports that filled their days. I took my share of punches, and I enacted my share of revenge on them. My brothers still recall that I used to keep lists of their wrongdoing so I could blackmail them for things. (For the record, I don’t condone that behavior.)
These pictures are from the second day of Week 5 at Camp Covecrest. Campers spent the morning playing games for Mission Adventure, and after lunch had free time to play and partake in a multitude of games and other activities. Six priests, accompanied by one deacon and one seminarian, celebrated an evening Mass in the outdoor amphitheater. “Behold the Mystery” was the week’s theme, with host Kevin Hickey and musician Grae McCullough. [nggallery id=134]
The second day of the first week of Edge camp at Covecrest was filled with a lot of reflection and small group time, along with organized free time (soccer, ultimate frisbee, four square, making bracelets and other activities). The campers, chaperones and staff were blessed to have three priests present at Mass in the evening. The theme was “Behold the Mystery,” with host Steve Allgeyer and musicians Greg Boudreaux, Lizzie Wales and Patrick Williams. [nggallery id=104]