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Old 11th December 2008, 01:00 AM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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Originally Posted by Shane View Post
Is there perhaps a reason why the Magisterium has not yet authoritatively decided upon this issue? Do you think they simply did not get around to analysing it in more detail?

Also, would the Magisterium be hesitant on considering true private revelations (such as those of St Birgitta and Bl Anne Emmerich) in their efforts to establish new dogmas?

The Magisterium can only teach from Tradition and Scripture, not from private revelation to Saints. My theological opinion is that this truth is implicit in Scripture and Tradition. But the idea requires futher consideration by the faithful and by theologians, priests, and bishops before the Magisterium would perhaps teach this idea, first under the ordinary non-infallible Magisterium. It usually takes a long time for ideas like this to be considered and perhaps taught. Definitive decisions of doctrine require even more consideration.
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