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Teaching Office of the Church
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[German Version]

I. Law

1. Catholicism.

Within the total structure of the church, the teaching office is the court of final authority for preserving, transmitting and interpreting the faith. The teaching office stands under the Word of God (Vatican II, DV 10: magisterium non supra verbum Dei, sed eidem ministrat), and perceives its task as constantly involved in interaction with the other ecclesiastical witnesses (loci theologici) to the Word of God. Consonance with all other courts and organs of th…

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Pahud de Mortanges, Elke, Germann, Michael, Köhler, Wiebke, Herms, Eilert and Neuner, Peter, “Teaching Office of the Church”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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