(As it appears that Andrews' series of articles continues on into 1877, I'll wait to see that volume before collecting the series. Heywood's debate with Wright formed an early episode in Wright's advocacy of life insurance, and it should be possible to gather up Wright's "Life Insurance for the Poor," as well as some of the surrounding debate. I'll be travelling to get another look at the microfilm of The Word next week, so I can also check to see if any of these debates spilled over into the pages of that publication.)
Much of the debate in The Index in this period was related to religious influence in schools and the relative threat levels of Catholic and Protestant sects to liberty and free religion. Into the midst of all this, Stephen Pearl Andrews dropped a short missive, memorable as a near-perfect example of the Pantarch's style:
A SHORT METHOD WITH THE INFALLIBILITY OF THE POPE.
Doubtless, when the Pope is truly fulfilling his function of Supreme Pontifex, of Pontifex Maximus, he is infallible; for it is only when he makes no mistakes that he is fulfilling that function. So every other man, when doing rightly his supreme devoir, is infallible, for the same reason. It is only when a man is off the tripod that he makes mistakes, because to make mistakes is to be off the tripod.
STEPHEN PEARL ANDREWS.