(RNS) — “Magisterium” is one of those incense-perfumed Catholic words, reeking of pomp and power. The Vatican says as much on its website, explaining that “ecclesiastical magisterium” means that teaching about what Jesus meant “is proper to the College of Bishops or to individual bishops linked in hierarchical communion with the Supreme Pontiff.”

Magisterium is a top-down deal, with the pope and the bishops conveying the message of Jesus from the Throne of St. Peter

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