Benedictus XVI. P.P. Benedictus XVI. P.P.
Function:
Pope of the Holy Roman Church
Title:
Servus Servorum Dei
Birthdate:
Apr 16, 1927
Country:
Germany
Elevated:
Jun 27, 1977
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English Certain Teachings of the Magisterium are not the Final Word
Sept 11, 2004
In 1990, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued an “Instruction on the Theologian’s Ecclesiastical Vocation.”

(L’Osservatore Romano, English Weekly Edition, July 2, 1990. p. 5) In explaining the Instruction to the press, Cardinal Ratzinger asserted that certain teachings of the Magisterium were “not considered to be the final word on the subject as such, but serve rather as a mooring in the problem, and, above all, as an expression of pastoral prudence, a kind of temporary disposition.”

As examples of these “temporary dispositions,” Ratzinger cited “the statements of the Popes during the last century on religious freedom, as well as the anti-modernist decisions at the beginning of this century, especially the decisions of the Biblical Commission of that time.”
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