Category Archives: Magisterium

Reply to Peter Kwasniewski’s Three Possibilities on Vatican II

Over at OnePeterFive, Peter wrote an article titled: “Why Viganò’s Critique of the Council Must Be Taken Seriously”. Is the answer, because there’s an internet? Vigano would not have fared well under any Pope before the internet, as he would … Continue reading

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Fr. Chad Ripperger accuses Saint Peter

In making accusation after accusation against Pope after Pope, Ripperger accuses Saint Peter of the same. For nothing is permitted to the successors of Peter that was not permitted of Peter himself. And finally, Ripperger does accuse Peter himself. I … Continue reading

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Has Communion in the Hand led to Heresy and Grave Harm to the Church?

No, it has not. For the Church is indefectible. So it is not possible for the Church to go astray by means of a discipline that leads to heresy or that causes grave harm to the Church. This cannot be … Continue reading

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I know of no doctrinal error by any Ecumenical Council

In theory, an Ecumenical Council can teach either/both infallibly or non-infallibly. And a non-infallible teaching can err, though not gravely. But I’ve never found any error of any type in any Ecumenical Council’s teaching. Perhaps Ecumenical Councils are infallible in … Continue reading

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Bishops’ Conferences cannot teach Infallibly

The Magisterium teaches infallibly in any of three ways and in only those three ways: 1. Papal Infallibility, 2. Conciliar Infallibility 3. the ordinary and universal Magisterium (universal Magisterium for short) Papal Infallibility requires the teaching to meet all the … Continue reading


By calling Vatican II valid, Archbishop Vigano confirms his own heresy

UPDATED (at the end) … There are 21 Ecumenical Councils in the history of the Catholic Church so far. Each has the full authority of Christ, exercised by the Roman Pontiff and the body of Bishops, under the guidance of … Continue reading

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Dear Conservative Catholics, You are not above the Magisterium

Not many years ago, the Catholic right was led by persons who fully accepted the Second Vatican Council. They tended to ignore much of its teachings. They emphasized conservative magisterial teachings and tended to ignore whatever might be considered liberal. … Continue reading

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Carlo M. Vigano rejects the Second Vatican Council

In a letter of June 14th, 2020, archibishop Carlo M. Vigano writes about the Second Vatican Council to Maria Guarini STB, editor of the website Chiesa e postconcilio. Vigano was the apostolic nuncio to the U.S. from October of 2011 … Continue reading

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Can Married Priests and Deacons have Marital Relations?

I’ve covered this topic in past posts. * Married deacons/priests and Marital Relations * May married deacons have marital relations? * More on Married Deacons and Continence My understanding is that the Church has always permitted some married men to … Continue reading

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Magisterial Teachings and Levels of Assent

The Magisterium is one authority (and ability) given to the Church by the Holy Spirit. But since the Magisterium teaches either infallibly or non-infallibly, we can divide the Magisterium, conceptually, into two types of exercises of that authority: 1. infallible … Continue reading


When is a teaching of the Church infallible?

The infallible Sacred Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church can be exercised in any of three ways. I. Papal Infallibility The Pope has, in and of himself, by virtue of his office, the full ability and authority of the Sacred … Continue reading


The False Teachings of Jeff Mirus on Church Authority

In a recent post, Islam: When the Church can speak authoritatively, and when she cannot, Dr. Jeff Mirus utters a series of false statements on Church authority. 1. Jeff Mirus: “The Church’s Magisterium applies exclusively to matters which God has … Continue reading

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May We Faithfully Dissent from Laudato Si’ ?

The Catholic Herald in the UK has published a foolish article by Fr. Ashley Beck on the encyclical Laudato si’. The title of the article is also its conclusion: No Catholic is free to dissent from the teaching of Laudato … Continue reading


What is Pope Francis ABLE to teach on Climate Change?

The Magisterium of the Church is able to teach any and all of the truths found in Divine Revelation (Tradition and Scripture). The Magisterium is also able to teach from natural law. The entire moral law is found within natural … Continue reading


Is the Non-infallible Magisterium fallible or infallible?

Is the Non-infallible Magisterium fallible or infallible? Neither. Over at the National Catholic Register, Pat Archbold teaches without first having learned. His post The Magisterium of the Now is a series of false assertions and distortions on the topic of … Continue reading


Are Papal tweets infallible?

There is a great deal of misunderstanding about Papal Infallibility among non-Catholics. Even many practicing Catholics are not clear on the exact meaning of the term. So here is a quick primer on infallibility and the Pope. By His very … Continue reading


On Faithful Dissent (part 2)

In my previous article on this topic, I showed that the Magisterium does in fact teach, non-infallibly, that dissent from a non-infallible teaching can be legitimate, faithful, and not sinful. Of course, it is to be observed that very much … Continue reading


Is lying only immoral if you intend to deceive?

This is not an open question. The Magisterium has a definitive teaching on lying: 1753 A good intention (for example, that of helping one’s neighbor) does not make behavior that is intrinsically disordered, such as lying and calumny, good or … Continue reading


On Faithful Dissent (part 1)

The Church has two types of authority: 1. Spiritual authority, which is the teaching authority or Magisterium of the Church 2. Temporal authority, which includes the laws, rules, and rulings of the Church The Magisterium teaches, whereas the temporal authority … Continue reading


On Speculative Theology and Eschatology

In my book, The Secrets of Medjugorje and Garabandal Revealed, there is a chapter titled: “On Speculative Theology and Eschatology”. This chapter is also available, by itself, as a free article in PDF format here. an excerpt from the article: … Continue reading