Definition: The exclusive teaching authority of the Roman Catholic Church. The magisterium consists of the pope and bishops of the Church, whose role is to interpret the written (Scripture) and oral (Tradition) Word of God. The Pope’s teaching is considered infallible when he speaks ex Cathedra (from the chair of Peter). The teachings of Church Councils and the ordinary teachings of the bishops (when in agreement with the pope) are deemed infallible. Teaching which does not relate to the deposit of faith may be fallible, but the faithful must still submit their intellect and will to such teachings. For centuries the Bible was written only in Latin and kept from the faithful. Catholics are now encouraged to read the Bible, but they must not question any teaching of their Church.
Discussion: The teachings of the Pope and Catholicism are fallible to the extreme. We encourage the reader to check out the mistakes outlined in this blog. One of the marks of a cult is the presence of an infallible leader that requires followers to submit unquestioningly. The faithful are able to search the Scriptures and understand the truth (Acts 17:11, 2 Tim. 3:15). God provides an infallible teacher to help us understand the truth for our salvation and growth – the Holy Spirit who abides in us (1 Jn. 2:27). He also provides fallible pastors to whom we are to conditionally submit – when they rightly divide the word of truth.
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