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Old 3rd May 2015, 03:29 PM
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Default What is heresy?

Material heresy pertains to ideas. Formal heresy pertains to persons.

Every infallible teaching of the Magisterium, whether taught under papal infallibility, conciliar infallibility, or the ordinary universal magisterium, is a dogma of the faith. All infallible teachings require the full assent of faith (theological assent). An idea is material heresy if it is contrary to, or essentially incompatible with, any infallible teaching of the Magisterium.

A person commits the sin of formal heresy by obstinate denial or obstinate doubt of any infallible teaching of the Magisterium. Formal heresy is a knowing and deliberate act. If a person mistakenly adheres to an heretical idea, out of ignorance, the fault is not formal heresy.

The non-infallible teachings require the religious submission of mind and will (religious assent), a different type and lesser degree of assent. Disagreement or doubt pertaining to a non-infallible teaching is not heresy.

However, if anyone were to reject all non-infallible teachings of the Magisterium, as a set, or reject so many non-infallible teachings that the faith is gravely harmed, this would also qualify as heresy.

In the early Church especially, but truly at any time in Church history, if someone were to knowingly reject any fundamental teaching of Tradition or Scripture, on faith, morals, or salvation, this would also qualify as heresy, even if the Magisterium as yet had no formal teaching on the point.
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Old 7th May 2015, 07:14 PM
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At which point does heresy result in automatic excommunication, or does it?
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Old 7th May 2015, 07:55 PM
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At which point does heresy result in automatic excommunication, or does it?

material heresy -- being mistaken about what the Church teaches -- does not excommunicate. Formal heresy or formal schism each incur the penalty of automatic excommunication -- as soon as the act is committed. So when a Catholic decides that he or she is going to reject any infallible teaching of the Magisterium, in a knowing and deliberate decision, that individual is excommunicated.
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Old 23rd July 2015, 07:53 PM
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Heresy is a word some would prefer never gets used in conversations and if they could get it removed from the dictionary they would. The "new" theology and its adherents claim use of said word is judgemental and forbidden by God. But we know better don't we?

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