hat tip to my Brother for raising issue of papal infallibility on Twitter. I’m really disappointed that a rereading of what papal infallibility actually is reveals that the pope is not infallible when tweeting. Indeed:
A well-known example of a personal opinion on a matter of faith and morals that was taught by a pope but rejected by the Church is the view that Pope John XXII expressed on when the dead can reach the beatific vision. The limitation on the pope’s infallibility “on other matters” is frequently illustrated by Cardinal James Gibbons’s recounting how the pope mistakenly called him Jibbons.
Shouts to Jibbons. If anyone is aware of a verified Twitter account operated by some religious leader who is designated 24/7 infallible, let me know, that’s a must-follow