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Certain Sainthood: Canonization and the Origins of Papal Infallibility in the Medieval Church

Donald S. Prudlo


The doctrine of papal infallibility is a central tenet of Roman Catholicism, and yet it is frequently misunderstood by Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Much of the present-day theological discussion points to the definition of papal infallibility made at Vatican I in 1870, but the origins of the debate are much older than that. This book traces this history back to the Middle Ages, to a time when Rome was struggling to extend the limits of papal authority over Western Christendom. As it shows, the very notion of papal infallibility grew out of debates over the pope's authority to canonize sa ... More

Keywords: papal infallibility, Vatican I, Rome, papal authority, canonization, sainthood, theology, canon law, heresy, Roman Catholicism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780801454035
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801454035.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald S. Prudlo, author
Associate Professor of History, Jacksonville State University