Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Pope Leo X and the "Fable" of Christ

MYTH
Pope Leo X called the story of Christ a mere fable

The ill-informed Protestant objects:
1. Catholicism teaches papal infallibility, the doctrine that the Pope cannot err on matters of faith and morals.
2. Pope Leo X said, "All ages can testifie enough howe profitable that fable of Christe hath ben to us and our companie."
3. But Christ is not a fable, and so Pope Leo X was not infallible.
4. Therefore, Catholicism is false.


Pope Leo X (1475-1521) never said this. The quote comes from the satire The Pageant of the Popes by Protestant John Bale (1495-1563).

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