Infallibility of the Ordinary Magisterium of the Catholic
publication of these two essays responds to the general
ignorance which exists concerning the Ordinary Magisterium
of the Catholic Church. Catholics know about the Extraordinary,
Solemn, or ex cathedra Magisterium, and the conditions
for it to be infallible. However, they are very confused
concerning the Ordinary Magisterium. Is it infallible,
and is it always so? If it is infallible, are there any
conditions? If it is infallible, does not this make the
pope personally impeccable and infallible?
answer to these questions is a timely and necessary one.
It has been brought to the fore particularly since the Second
Vatican Council. For the documents of the Council and the
subsequent letters and constitutions of the post-Conciliar
popes pretend to impose new teachings on religious liberty,
ecumenism, collegiality, and relations with the modern world,
in contradiction to the teachings of pre-Conciliar popes,
and this in the name of the Ordinary Magisterium. If these
teachings are infallible, then either of two alternatives
follows as an immediate consequence: Either the popes of
the past were wrong, or the post-Conciliar popes, who pretend
to issue such “infallible” documents, are not popes at all.
Put another way, if we are to accept the infallibility of
all papal documents, for they make up the Ordinary Magisterium,
then in the present crisis in the Church we must accept
either the popes of the present, and reject the Church of
the past, or we must accept the Church of the past, and
maintain that the post-Conciliar popes are but anti-popes.
Those who read these studies on the Ordinary Magisterium
will realize how false this disjunction really is and that
we must in fact embrace both the papacy and the Church,
without separating one from the other.
Color Softcover. Angelus Press Publication. STK#6715
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translated from the Italian
Fr. Du Chalard
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