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Can Popes Sin?
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Can the popes sin? If
so, how can they be infallible?
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Yes, Popes can and
have sinned. Freedom from sin and freedom from formally teaching error are two
separate things. A Pope may, unfortunately, be a very bad sinner, but that
doesn't mean his teaching is therefore corrupt. In fact, there were some very
sinful popes in the Church's history, but none of them ever formally (meaning
infallibly) taught error. Infallibility is not the same as impeccability.
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