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Old 18th March 2006, 03:45 PM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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Default Assent to Church Teaching

The teachings of the ordinary and universal Magisterium require the full assent of faith (which I term sacred assent), just as the teachings of Ecumenical Councils and Papal infallibility require. The term "religious submission of mind and will" refers to the assent given to ordinary non-infallible teachings (which I term ordinary assent).

I. Infallible Teachings - sacred assent

A. Papal Infallibility
B. Ecumenical Councils and the like
C. the ordinary and universal Magisterium

II. Non-infallible Teachings - ordinary assent
(some faithful dissent is possible)

The three pillars of the teaching of the Church are Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium.

Over emphasizing Tradition leads to errors, such as rejecting the vernacular Mass and rejecting the modern day Popes and Vatican II.

Over emphasizing Scripture leads to errors, such as Sola Scriptura.

Over emphasizing Magisterium leads to errors, such as believing that all teachings of the Magisterium are infallible or that the faithful cannot learn directly from Tradition and Scripture.

Of course, in an individual faithful person's life, a good balance between these three is difficult to maintain.


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