Nearly half waythroughthesecondsemesteroftheLicentiatecourseofstudieshere, I'vefinallysettledon a thesistopic: papalinfallibility. Itcomesdowntothis: I have a sneakingsuspicionthatitmightbe in play, so tospeak, moreoftenthanfrequentlyassumedorasserted. An academicstudyof a decadeor so agoseemstohavediscoverednomorethan 7 ex cathedrastatements in theentirehistoryoftheChurch. I haven't begunanytalliesmyselfyet, but I wouldn't besurprisediftherewerequite a fewmorethanthateventhispastcentury. Tomeitseems an importantquestion, especiallysincepeoplearealwayslobbyingtochangevariousdoctrines. We'llseewhereitgoes.
Update: I've created a 'Licentiate Thesis' page with a slightly more developed outline of the topic as I'm thinking of it so far. It will be permanently linked on the sidebar, but you can also click here to see it. Thanks for the comments so far, and I would be interested to hear any of your opinions on it.
We set out with a group of about 10 others to walk from Trumau to Stift Heiligenkreuz, a medieval Cistercian monastery about 20km away. We were rather too busy huffing and puffing to take any pictures ourselves, but here is one of our destination:
The monastery is home to the largest relic of the true Cross north of the Alps, and the monks were kind enough to expose it for our veneration at the end of our pilgrimage.