Originally Posted by tigerlily55
I think most mainstream theologians discount a lot of things in the bible. It's just that the priests can't say it in church because the conservatives would raise hell with the bishops for any change. And the higher ups don't have any power over anyone if no one believes the stuff. I think church would be much more insteresting if people could really discuss this stuff.
They try to say the church never changes. However, it has changed. For one thing, papal infallibility didn't come about until the later 1800's. (correct me if I'm wrong) When the pope lost control of the papal states and Italy become a country he no longer had temporal power so he had to get himself more religious power.
Yes, all this knowledge I have acquired makes me see more and more why religion is superstition.
I didn't even realize it was that recent. A pope has apparently used the Ex Cathedra infallibility thing only once since 1870 when it was set out. That was in 1950. There are a bunch of requirements for something to be done "ex cathedra."
Boring stuff but there's some on Wiki that's short and sweet if anyone wants to read it.