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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.]
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(Roman Catholic Church) the teaching authority or function of the Roman Catholic Church
[C19: see magistery]
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(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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(1) These theologians attempted to use their New Natural Law theory (NNLT) in the service of the magisterium, but their arguments proved inadequate to stem the tide of dissent.
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family is an example of the "ordinary magisterium"--papal teaching--to which Catholics are obliged to give "religious submission of will and intellect," said a recent article in the Vatican newspaper.
The Iron Trial is the first book in Holly Black and Cassandra Clare's 'Magisterium' series.
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.) Deacon Nick was asked by his bishop to take some time for reflection and stop blogging indefinitely, which, in obedience, Deacon Nick has done.
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.
Make no mistake, this volume intends to represent the Roman magisterium's teachings on the relationship between Christianity and other faith traditions, and, as Joseph Carola asserts, even the patristic theology is "an authentic expression of the Church's ancient Magisterium" (p.
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.
Chemnitz' concern with this eighth kind of tradition, which he saw Trent as espousing, was that it would give theologians and bishops what he called "comprehensive license" to invent whatever they pleased "freely and with impunity" under the name of "tradition." 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.