The Congregation for the Doctrine of the
Faith has declared this to be infallible doctrine!!!
Ratzinger, Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
stated: This teaching has been set forth infallibly by the ordinary and
universal Magisterium. Response to a Doubt, 28 October
Did he indeed? Infallible, heh?
ordinary and universal magisterium refers to the combined teaching
of all the Catholic bishops in the world.
But the combined episcopate
has never taught this doctrine.
The vast majority of
bishops in the world believe that women cannot be ordained.
We know this
for certain because they were chosen because they agree with the Pope on this
It may be that all bishops of the world
hold this as their opinion of faith. This is known as an opinio communis
Opinio communis means nothing in terms of Church
A hundred years ago most bishops still rejected evolution. In
those days all firmly believed that the world was created in six days! This
does not mean it was their combined teaching.
Then what makes it combined
Doesnt Vatican II say: Bishops, teaching in
communion with the Roman Pontiff, are to be respected by all as witnesses to
divine and Catholic truth? Lumen Gentium § 25b.
Well, read the full text!
Vatican II says: The
Bishops proclaim Christs doctrine infallibly whenever, even though
dispersed through the world, they maintain the bond of communion among
themselves and with the successor of Peter, authentically teach matters of
faith and morals, and are in agreement on one position as definitively to be
Gentium § 25b.
Five conditions are therefore required:
Collegial action. It is clear that the bishops must
be involved in an exercise of teaching authority as one body.
As judges. The bishops must be free to
express their own considered opinion.
In service of the faith of the whole Church. The
bishops must listen to the Word of God and the sensus fidelium.
Regarding faith and morals. The teaching must
concern matters relating to the object of faith.
In a teaching consciously imposed as
definitive. The bishops must want to impose the doctrine as
definitely to be held.
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