Dogmatic Moral Teachings

It is often said that the Church has never issued a dogmatic formulation on moral teaching. That most of her teaching is by the ordinary magisterium.

Two remarks. First, the second is true, the first is false. Most importantly, however, there are SCORES of infallible teachings on morals. E.g. masturbation is intrinsically evil, etc. Literally SCORES of infallible teachings on morals. The ordinary magisterium, teaching on a matter of faith and morals over a period of time, with moral unanimity, indeed teaches infallibly.

Second, Lyons I issued this declaration:

“Concerning fornication, which an unmarried man commits with an unmarried woman, there must not be any doubt at all that it is a mortal sin…” D 453.

This is a clear declaration of the Extraordinary Magisterium.

4 thoughts on “Dogmatic Moral Teachings

  1. This is what we are missing today. Oh how I wish bishops would speak clearly on these moral problems. No grey areas, maybe this, maybe that, what if this, what if that. Just black and white. God said this…now comply with it. No exceptions because it may cause hurt feelings. Better to have hurt feelings for a little while on earth than to have indescribable hurt feelings for eternity in hell.

    1. Indeed, amen. And even more importantly: NEVER will we truly love when we ambiguously direct.

      A man was lulling about the edge of a cliff, a board over his face. Another, seeing, suggested to him he might take a look. The man who suggests: Surely loves himself.

      Another man, named John, said: “It is not lawful for you to be with her.” The man who preaches: Loves the adulterer.

  2. “It is not allowable for anyone to produce another faith, that is, to write or to compose or to consider or to teach others; those who dare to compose another faith, or to support or to teach or to hand on another creed to those who wish to turn to knowledge of the truth, whether from Hellenism or Judaism or indeed from any heresy whatsoever, or to introduce novelty of speech, that is, invention of terms, so as to overturn what has now been defined by us, such persons, if they are bishops or clerics, are deprived of their episcopacy or clerical rank, and if they are monks or layfolk they are excommunicated.”
    –Pope St. Leo II, Third Council of Constantinople (681)

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