Dating of papal infalibility
What is all the more surprising is that in actual fact the Second Vatican Council took a fatal step.
Without giving reasons, it expressly extended infallibility, which was confined to the pope alone at the First Vatican Council, to the episcopacy.
In 1970, I put the subject up for discussion in my book .
It is also inconceivable that Francis would be interested in infallibly defining Marian dogmas as Pius XII did.It would, however, be far easier to imagine Pope Francis smilingly telling students, “” — “I am not infallible” — as Pope John XXIII did in his time.When he saw how surprised the students were, John added, “I am only infallible when I speak ex cathedra, but that is something I will never do.” 1950: On Nov. Peter’s Square and supported by numerous high church and political dignitaries, Pope Pius XII definitively proclaimed the Assumption of Mary as a dogma.“The immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” I was there in St.Peter’s Square at the time and must admit that I enthusiastically hailed the pope’s declaration.