Hey all. It’s been a long time since last I visited, but a concern has been steadily growing in my understanding of Catholicism in the South (USA). I don’t know if it is the same everywhere else in the US. But, I am beginning to discern a certain trend, and I think that it disturbs me, even though various aspects of it are good and praiseworthy. Among the ORE staff of my diocese, I keep seeing what appears to be an overemphasis (at least as I understand it) on the role of the Magisterium. Now, of course, we are not to dishonor this sacred and divinely installed role of the episcopate, but at the same time it seems to me that if Catholics become too reliant on the Magisterium to lead them into all truth, the are missing the supernatural nature of their faith.
It is Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition (which is not reducible to the Magisterium or its writings) which together form the one apostolic deposit of faith. The Magisterium, though very important in its own right, is the divinely installed servant and protector of the deposit.
It seems to me that if we overemphasize its role, or misconstrue it, all in the name of orthodoxy we are missing the fact that God gave us this Magistra to safeguard and help promulgate this one deposit. Isn’t it the whole people of God who go toward the further clarification of the deposit? If you disagree with this, then how do you understand the sacred document Dei Verbum?
I know this is a bit rushed and maybe thereby confused. Maybe someone will get my drift and want to chime in. Thanks!