Religion: 21st Council

Is the Pope infallible? Are there times when his voice is the voice of God? Such a question could only be decided at an Ecumenical Council, and the question was decided at the last Ecumenical Council of the Catholic Church, called in 1870 by Pope Pius IX.

Last week alert correspondents in Rome announced another Council called by another Pius for the year 1930. What cosmic questions would it answer? Only one thing was certain: questions and answers would be as different as are Pius IX and Pius...

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