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what a roman catholic is not

By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 25, 2007

A retired professor of philosophy speaks to the question of conscience.

But of course we do need to discriminate between mistaken and valid teachings of the magisterium.

Well, no.

If the magisterium is mistaken about teaching A, it has ceased, per omnia saecula saeculorum, to be a magisterium -- even if it is correct about teachings B, C, D, E ...
You may decide you agree with it, you can never let yourself be taught by it.

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 30, 2007 10:47 PM ET USA

    The Retired Professor should know that ALL forms of discrimination are bad. Twit.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 27, 2007 1:18 PM ET USA

    Only the Bishop of Rome may speak ex cathedra.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 27, 2007 11:12 AM ET USA

    The magisterium when promulgating a doctrine or teaching in concert with the Pope has a degree of certainty beyond doubt. BUT, bishops are not infallible. And unless Peter speaks as Peter from the throne as Pope a mistake is possible. All the bishops in the world could go against the Pope speaking Ex Cathedra and they would be in error. We have quite a few doing that now.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 27, 2007 10:52 AM ET USA

    What he sould have said: "But of course we do need to discriminate between mistaken TEACHINGS and THE valid teachings of the magisterium."

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