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Magisterium

Magisterium Part 1: What is it & Why Do We Need it?

The first in a 4 part series on the Magisterium, or sacred teaching office, of the Catholic Church, explaining the relation between Church authority and biblical authority, and how written documents, even inspired writings of the BIble, require authentic, authoritative interpretation....

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Donum Veritatis – On the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian

This instruction by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith entitled "On the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian" or Donum Veritatis, is a clear and detailed discussion of the various levels of authority carried by different forms of teaching exercised by the Magisterium of...

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Holy Spirit and the Catholic Church

For the proper interpretation of Scripture and to discern God's will, where do we turn for guidance, the teaching authority of the Church, or to the Holy Spirit? The Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15 gives us some answers....

Teaching Authority of the Church – Vatican II

This excerpt from Vatican II's Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, paragraph 25, explains the authority of the Magisterium or Apostolic teaching authority of the Church and the way in which Catholics are bound to submit to that authority....

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Papacy & Bible — Pope as Servant of the Word

The teaching authority of the Church, and especially the Papacy, are seen by some as competing with the authority of the Bible. This essay explains the Catholic position that the Pope and all Church authority are under the authority of God's Word coming to...

Magisterium Part 3: Infallibility

This 3rd in a series on the Magisterium of the Catholic Church explores infallibility: the teaching that the bishops of the Catholic Church, and the Pope in particular, can, in certain circumstances, teach in a way that is guaranteed to be infallible or without error....