Category Archives: Magisterium

When is a teaching of the Church infallible?

The infallible Sacred Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church can be exercised in any of three ways. I. Papal Infallibility The Pope has, in and of himself, by virtue of his office, the full ability and authority of the Sacred … Continue reading

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The False Teachings of Jeff Mirus on Church Authority

In a recent post, Islam: When the Church can speak authoritatively, and when she cannot, Dr. Jeff Mirus utters a series of false statements on Church authority. 1. Jeff Mirus: “The Church’s Magisterium applies exclusively to matters which God has … Continue reading

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May We Faithfully Dissent from Laudato Si’ ?

The Catholic Herald in the UK has published a foolish article by Fr. Ashley Beck on the encyclical Laudato si’. The title of the article is also its conclusion: No Catholic is free to dissent from the teaching of Laudato … Continue reading

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What is Pope Francis ABLE to teach on Climate Change?

The Magisterium of the Church is able to teach any and all of the truths found in Divine Revelation (Tradition and Scripture). The Magisterium is also able to teach from natural law. The entire moral law is found within natural … Continue reading

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Is the Non-infallible Magisterium fallible or infallible?

Is the Non-infallible Magisterium fallible or infallible? Neither. Over at the National Catholic Register, Pat Archbold teaches without first having learned. His post The Magisterium of the Now is a series of false assertions and distortions on the topic of … Continue reading

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Are Papal tweets infallible?

There is a great deal of misunderstanding about Papal Infallibility among non-Catholics. Even many practicing Catholics are not clear on the exact meaning of the term. So here is a quick primer on infallibility and the Pope. By His very … Continue reading

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On Faithful Dissent (part 2)

In my previous article on this topic, I showed that the Magisterium does in fact teach, non-infallibly, that dissent from a non-infallible teaching can be legitimate, faithful, and not sinful. Of course, it is to be observed that very much … Continue reading

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Is lying only immoral if you intend to deceive?

This is not an open question. The Magisterium has a definitive teaching on lying: 1753 A good intention (for example, that of helping one’s neighbor) does not make behavior that is intrinsically disordered, such as lying and calumny, good or … Continue reading

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On Faithful Dissent (part 1)

The Church has two types of authority: 1. Spiritual authority, which is the teaching authority or Magisterium of the Church 2. Temporal authority, which includes the laws, rules, and rulings of the Church The Magisterium teaches, whereas the temporal authority … Continue reading

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On Speculative Theology and Eschatology

In my book, The Secrets of Medjugorje and Garabandal Revealed, there is a chapter titled: “On Speculative Theology and Eschatology”. This chapter is also available, by itself, as a free article in PDF format here. an excerpt from the article: … Continue reading

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Fr. Ryan Erlenbush versus the Magisterium

The teachings of Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, at his blog The New Theological Movement, frequently contradict the teachings of the Magisterium. A faithful teacher of Catholicism will always teach from Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, and the Magisterium. But many unfaithful teachers … Continue reading

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Do heretics know they are teaching heresy?

There are two types of heresy: material and formal. Material heresy is any idea (assertion, teaching, claim, etc.) that contradicts, or is fundamentally incompatible with, any magisterial teaching that must be believed with the full assent of faith (divine and … Continue reading

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Jimmy Akin debates the Magisterium

Jimmy Akin has been publishing fake interviews, in which he pretends to interview Pope John Paul II or Pope Benedict XVI. He publishes these fake interviews in what he calls a “Secret Information Club communiqué”, saying things like: “Not a … Continue reading

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CDF notification re: Sr. Margaret Farley

There is an error in the CDF’s notification concerning the book ‘Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics’ by Sister Margaret A. Farley, R.S.M. It is a pretty significant error, one that you might not expect the Holy See … Continue reading

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Defining Acts versus Non-defining Acts

The Magisterium teaches either infallibly or non-infallibly. All teachings of the Magisterium are either infallible, and therefore without the possibility of error, or non-infallible, having only a limited possibility of error (but never to such an extent as to lead … Continue reading

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Contraception Controversy: the unitive meaning

Sinful secular society not only approves of contraception as if it were moral, but also promotes contraception as if it were a moral obligation. More recently, some persons have begun to proclaim that contraception is a right, one that must … Continue reading

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Faithful Dissent versus Blind Obedience

The universal Church has Christ as its head, and the Holy Spirit as its guide. All the faithful in Heaven, in Purgatory, and on earth are members of the universal Church. Even baptized non-Catholic Christians, and any non-Christians who may … Continue reading

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The LCWR and the mother of all heresies

Heretical Speakers at the 2012 LCWR Assembly The LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious) has decided not to make any changes to its 2012 Assembly, despite the recent official criticisms from the CDF (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith). … Continue reading

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How the SSPX nullifies the infallibility of the Magisterium

The Magisterium teaches infallibly in any of three ways: 1. Papal Infallibility 2. Conciliar Infallibility 3. ordinary and universal Magisterium These infallible teachings are preserved free from all stain of error by the work of the Holy Spirit. The faithful … Continue reading

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new edition of Pope Pius XII’s Address to Midwives

I’ve just posted online a new edit of one of the most well-known and influential Papal addresses: the Address to Midwives by Pope Pius XII. The other online editions of this Address are substantially incomplete: Fisheaters.com PapalEncyclicals.net EWTN.com They lack … Continue reading

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