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Who exactly do we mean by the Roman teaching authorities

Who exactly do we mean by the Roman teaching authorities?

The Roman teaching authorities are the Pope (at present: John Paul II) and the main Congregations (ministries) through which he exercises his universal administration of the Church.

John Paul II became Pope in 1978. He has achieved much as a world politician and as a spiritual leader. He has also brought devastation on the Catholic Church, by introducing a centralising and hard-line style of government from which it will take decades for the community of believers to recover.

Pope John Paul II has to bear a large share of the responsibility for the inappropriate policies followed by the Church leaders with whom he surrounded himself.

Chief offices in the Vatican Curia Romana dealing with the central teaching authority:

  1. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
    See a list of its recent decrees here.
  2. The Congregation for the Clergy (appoints bishops)
  3. The Congregation for Worship.
  4. The Congregation for Catholic Education

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