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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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A teaching that is of the "ordinary magisterium," about which the instruction says, "When the magisterium, not intending to act 'definitively,' teaches a doctrine to aid a better understanding of revelation and make explicit its contents, or to recall how some teaching is in conformity with the truths of faith, or finally to guard against ideas that are incompatible with these truths, the response called for is that of the religious submission of will and intellect.
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.
Instead, they walk into the Magisterium, a magical land full of talking animals and quirky characters.
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.
What is more, there exists a very special relationship between theologians and the hierarchical magisterium that makes it impossible to regard the hierarchical magisterium as completely self-sufficient.
A two-source understanding of revelation would, moreover, lay the groundwork for justifying "whatever the present Roman Church believes, holds and observes," while relieving the magisterium of the burden to demonstrate that its current tradition really is the apostolic tradition.
More specifically, the Magisterium abducts young children and literally kills their souls, thereby extinguishing the spirit of free thought and inquiry.