Syllabus of Errors

The recent declaration of the beatification of Pope John Paul II reminded me of one attack on him sparked off by another beatification, that of Pius IX. One of the articles of indictment in John Cornwell's very hostile book about the late pope was that this was 'an early item of poor judgment', since Pio Nono 'was chiefly famous for calling the First Vatican Council, which declared the dogma of papal infallibility and papal primacy, although he was known for his infamous syllabus of errors which denounced democracy, pluralism, workers' unions and newspapers. A fine exemplar for the 21st century to be sure!'

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