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Friday, April 07, 2006

The Cafeteria Is Closed: This is what most theologians refuse to sign
For those who aren't familiar with it, the mandatum is a process called for by Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Constitution Ex corde Ecclesiae. It required all persons billing themselves as Catholic theologians to teach within the boundaries of Catholic doctrine. Contemporary Catholic theology being what it is, many are refusing to sign it. Here's the "horrible" statement they're refusing to sign:
I hereby declare my role and responsibility as a teacher of a theological discipline within the full communion of the Church. As a teacher of a theological discipline, therefore, I am committed to teach authentic Catholic doctrine and to refrain from putting forth as Catholic teaching anything contrary to the Church's magisterium.
Read more about Ex corde Ecclesiae and the mandatum.

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