the authority, office, and power to teach true doctrine by divine guidance, held by the Roman Catholic Church to have been given to itself alone by divine commission; also, the doctrine so taught
Origin of magisteriumClassical Latin from magister, master
- Roman Catholic Church The authority to teach religious doctrine.
- A body of people having doctrinal authority in a church.
Origin of magisteriumLatin the office of a teacher or other person in authority from magister master ; see magisterial .
(plural magisteriums or magisteria)
- the teaching office or authority of the Roman Catholic Church.