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Ex cathedra
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[German Version]

(lit. “from the chair [of St. Peter]”) has been, since Vatican I (DH 3074), the technical term in (Roman Catholic) dogmatics for decisions of the papal teaching office (Papacy), which the pope makes, by virtue of his character as the bearer of the office and ministry of Peter, that is, as the supreme teacher of the whole church (Teaching office of the church), with the express intention of issuing binding judgments (Infallibility) on questions of faith and of the practice of the Christian life in agreement with the conviction of the whole community …

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Beinert, Wolfgang, “Ex cathedra”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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