|The Teaching Function of the Church|
|§1 Those things are to be believed by divine and catholic faith which are contained in the word of God as it has been written down or handed down by tradition, that is, in the single deposit of faith entrusted to the Church, and which are at the same time proposed as divinely revealed either by the solemn magisterium of the Church, or by its ordinary and universal magisterium, which is manifested by the
common adherence of Christ’s faithful under the guidance of the sacred magisterium.
All are therefore bound to shun any contrary doctrines.
§2. The faithful are also required to accept and hold each and every one of the teachings that are definitively proposed by the Church’s magisterium regarding faith or morals, which are required to safeguard the deposit of the faith reverently and to expound it faithfully. Anyone who denies that these propositions are to be held definitively is therefore opposed to the Church’s teaching.
[revised wording according to m.p. Ad tuendam fidem, 18.V.1998]
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