Date added: 13.3.2015
The teaching authority of the Roman Catholic Church is termed the Magisterium, from the Latin magister meaning teacher. The Magisterium is the teaching office of the Church. Jesus Christ gave His Church both the ability and the authority to teachMoreThe teaching authority of the Roman Catholic Church is termed the Magisterium, from the Latin magister meaning teacher. The Magisterium is the teaching office of the Church. Jesus Christ gave His Church both the ability and the authority to teach the Gospel message to the world.The Pope and the Bishops exercise the authentic teaching authority of the Church. But they do not teach from their own personal ideas and experiences. They are given the ability in the Holy Spirit and the authority in Jesus Christ to teach from Divine Revelation. Everything that the Magisterium teaches is found within Divine Revelation, at least implicitly. This Sacred Deposit of Faith, as it is called, consists of Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture. So the Magisterium teaches from two sources, Tradition and Scripture. The Magisterium can also teach from natural law, but all the truths of natural law are also found, at least implicitly, in Tradition and Scripture. Thus, all the truths taught by the teaching authority of the Church are found in the Sacred Deposit of Faith given as a gift to us all by the Most Holy Trinity.These three sources of truth -- Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium -- are the three pillars on which the Roman Catholic faith rests. The faithful are guided in their journey toward Heaven by the Divine Revelation of Sacred Tradition and the Divine Revelation of Sacred Scripture, and the divinely-assisted teaching authority of the Church.Table of ContentsIntroduction1: Sacred Tradition2: Sacred Scripture3: The Magisterium4: Doctrine versus Discipline5: Liturgical Norms6: Rules and Rulings7: Can Dissent Be Faithful?8: Modern-day Pharisees9: From the Old Testament to the New10: Transfiguration of the Covenant11: The Letter versus the SpiritEndnotesThe author, Ronald L. Conte Jr., is the translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible, a conservative Catholic translation of the Latin Vulgate. He is also the author of the books: The Catechism of Catholic Ethics and Forgiveness and Salvation for Everyone. His other writings cover diverse subjects in theology, including Mariology, Biblical chronology, eschatology, and other topics. Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium by Ronald L. Conte Jr.