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1. Roman Catholic Church The authority to teach religious doctrine.
2. A body of people having doctrinal authority in a church.

[Latin, the office of a teacher or other person in authority, from magister, master; see magisterial.]


(Roman Catholic Church) the teaching authority or function of the Roman Catholic Church
[C19: see magistery]


(ˌmædʒ əˈstɪər i əm)

the authority and power of the Roman Catholic Church to teach religious truth.
[1585–95; < Latin: command, control, literally, the office of a magister master]
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This push to identify the magisterium as the criterion and standard reached its zenith in the period just before the Second Vatican Council.
More specifically, the Magisterium abducts young children and literally kills their souls, thereby extinguishing the spirit of free thought and inquiry.
The world is ruled by the Magisterium, whose fear is the Golden Compass.
Newman, in his classic work "An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine" presents seven notes that can still provide the magisterium with criteria for discerning true development of doctrine.
Cal is asked to fail his entrance exam to the Magisterium, a magic school, but is unfortunately picked despite his poor scores.
There was a storm of protest when Bishop Michael Campbell of Lancaster, England pressured one of his deacons--Deacon Nick Donnelly--to "voluntarily pause from placing new posts" on his blog Protect the Pope (Cl readers will recognize this blog as one that is often quoted in Church in the World as faithful to the Pope and the Magisterium, and fair in allowing different positions of opinion to be registered as long as they are courteous and respectful.
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If we participate in these activities, we serve as part of the teaching magisterium of the church.
The article on academic freedom describes the two traditional magisteria of the church: the magisterium of the bishops and the magisterium of the theologians.
Having spent a good part of those 50 years teaching future priests (and some future bishops) about the magisterium, it seems useful for me to share these reflections on the developments that have taken place with regard to teaching authority in the Catholic Church since Vatican II.
In Part 1, "The destiny of the Non-Christian" from the patristic to the contemporary magisterium, Carola starts with the issue of salvation for non-Christians in patristic theology and examines the writings of such major theologians as Justin Martyr, Origen, Eusebius of Caesare, and Augustine of Hippo.
On the ordination of women, Bertone wrote, "the Roman pontiff has confirmed that this teaching belongs to the deposit of faith, since, being founded on the written word of God and constantly preserved and applied in the tradition of the church, it has been set forth infallibly by the ordinary and universal magisterium.