A journal of academic theology

The Definitive Exercise of Teaching Authority

The author first explains that the pope and bishops exercise their teaching authority definitively and infallibly when they oblige the faithful to give their irrevocable adherence of faith to a revealed truth, or firmly to accept and hold a truth that is necessarily connected to revelation. He then discusses the replies that Joseph Ratzinger has given to the question whether John Paul II declared definitively and infallibly that the church has no authority to ordain women to the priesthood.

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