This is one area that I find quite troubling...
Changes in Teaching? I hope this is not too controversial. If it is, please remove my post.
I am not longer in the RCC and disagree with many things in the church and in the article/link below...some would consider me a heretic.
One will say for instance that I am "seperated bretheran" Another pope in the past would say that I am "condemned"
One would say that my children would have been in "Limbo" if passed away and not baptized.... Another time later, it would be said that it no longer is the teaching or that it never was the teaching...
I have read lots of history and many differences over 1000's of years in this teaching. No mudslinging intented.
There is certainly plenty of evidence of contradictions.
Here is one example:
This papal bull is as official as they can get. It is an “infallible” pronouncement of Catholic doctrine. The Pope who wrote it is on his way to becoming a canonized saint or perhaps he already is by now. Pope John Paul II beatified him on September 3, 2000. Beatification is the last step before canonization.
We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful.
****Hence, if anyone shall dare**** -- which God forbid! -- to think otherwise than as has been defined by us, let him know and understand that he is *condemned* by his own judgment; that he has suffered shipwreck in the faith; that he has separated from the unity of the Church; and that, furthermore, by his own action he incurs the penalties established by law if he should are to express in words or writing or by any other outward means the errors he think in his heart*******************
Given at St. Peter's in Rome, the eighth day of December, 1854, in the eighth year of our pontificate. Pius IX
How can I be condemned and just seperated?
The Holy Scriptures are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 3:15
Love in Christ,