The Church: Learning & Teaching

by Ladislas Örsy, SJ

Michael Glazier 1987; here republished with permission from the author.

CONTENTS

  • Abbreviations
  • Thanks
  • Prologue

Chapter One. FOUNDATIONS AND CONTEXT

  • Historical context
  • Encounter between God and human persons
  • In possession of the Word
  • Authenticity in speaking the Word
  • The church teaching, the church taught
  • Cultural change

Chapter Two. TEACHING AUTHORITY

  • Magisterium
  • Infallible magisterium
  • Non-infallible magisterium
  • Ordinary magisterium
  • Magisterium of doctors
  • Organic unity of Christian doctrine
  • Prudential decisions by popes and bishops

Chapter Three. ASSENT AND DISSENT

  • Surrender in faith
  • Obsequium . . . .
  • Dissent
  • Limits of dissent
  • Guidelines of dissent
  • Bishops and theologians
  • Dissent in the existential order
  • Practical examples

Chapter 4. TEACHING AUTHORITY, CATHOLIC UNIVERSITIES, ACADEMIC FREEDOM

  • The house of intellect
  • Manifold ways of being Catholic
  • Definition by purpose
  • Practical consequences
  • Bond of communion, bond of law
  • Bond of communion
  • Bond of communion and of law
  • Academic freedom
  • Lean years, rich years

EPILOGUE