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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....

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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....

Doctrinal Commentary on Ad Tuendam Fidem – Josef Ratzinger

Cardinal Josef Ratzinger's reflection on  Ad Tuendam Fidem, Doctrinal Commentary on the Concluding Formula of the Professio fidei, is intended to provide examples of  the various levels of authority of the teaching of the Magisterium and explain the proper response owed to them....

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Mysterium Fidei – CDF

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's Declaration in Defense of the Catholic Doctrine of the Church  Against Certain Errors of the Present Day is best known by the first two words of the Latin text, Mysterium Fidei.  It was written in response to...

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Vatican II & the Word of God Part 3: Tradition & Magisterium

Vatican II and the Word of God: Part III deals with the topic of  how tradition and magisterium are interrelated.  It comments on Vatican II's  Dei Verbum 8-10. [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']O[/dropcaps]ne of the big problems that many of our evangelical brothers and sisters have...

Catholic Church as Prophetic Institution

People often think of the Catholic Church primarily in terms of being an institution.  While the Church does have an institutional dimension, it is entirely at the service of proclaiming the word of God.  It is a prophetic institution....