indefectibility


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in·de·fec·ti·ble

 (ĭn′dĭ-fĕk′tə-bəl)
adj.
1. Having the ability to resist decay or failure; lasting.
2. Having no flaw or defect; perfect.

in′de·fec′ti·bil′i·ty n.
in′de·fec′ti·bly adv.
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12) While these examples exhibit a typical Anglican reticence about the likelihood of infallible and irreformable teaching, (13) this has been augmented in some of the statements of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), which developed a nuanced theology of indefectibility and infallibility.
That a divine power was working through the church during the council showed itself above all in that an extraordinary variety of outlooks and proposals as well as an effort toward an active decentralization in many areas in no way made impossible the unity of the Catholic faith in the one church; on the contrary, the hard-to-reconcile diversity of outlooks and proposals never call into question the unity of the faith and the indefectibility of the elements of the church founded by Christ.
The infallibility of the church can be linked, finally, with another word: indefectibility.
This and other statements from his writings would seem to indicate that he did not believe in the indefectibility of the Church; that is, that the Church cannot promulgate an invalid rite, and will never fail.
While thoroughly conversant with this history of theorizing about change and the indefectibility of revealed truth, Newman was influenced largely if not exclusively in these matters by Bishop Joseph Butler's Analogy of Religion (1736) which he first read in the summer of 1823.