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Sensus fidei
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[German Version]

is the sense of faith, the ability to understand the faith through inward perception and gain religious conviction through one’s own insight. It is given by the Spirit of God to all members of the church at baptism. Ecclesiologically this means in principle that there is a sensus fidei totius populi and the entire body of the faithful cannot err in matters of belief (LG 12). Concretely, this means that church’s magisterium (Teaching office of the church) must respect the right of all believers to have a voice in making decisions. The sensus fidei is a criterion for recogn…

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Kraus, Georg, “Sensus fidei”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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