For nearly 500 years, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has defended the Catholic Church from internal heresy—whether by false teaching or malpractice of faith. It is the oldest of the Curia’s nine congregations, and is made up of cardinals, bishops, priests, lay theologians, and canon lawyers. According to Pope Paul VI’s 1965 Motu Proprio Integrae Servandae, “All questions which regard the doctrine on faith and morals or which touch upon the faith are within the competence of the Congregation . . . It examines new teachings and new opinions in whatever way they are spread, it promotes studies in this area, and encourages the Congresses of scholars; it condemns those teachings found to be contrary to the principles of the faith, after, however, having heard the view of the Bishops of those regions, if they are specifically connected with the issues.”
This collection contains published documents and statements from the CDF going back to 1973. Dealing with matters involving the Sacraments of Penance and Marriage, and doctrines involving faith and morals, each of these documents is a living expression of the Church’s Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture working in tandem and in practice. See the latest developments of authoritative teaching from the Curia with this essential collection.
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Founded in 1542 by Pope Paul III, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) is the oldest of the Curia’s nine congregations. Its mandate has been to investigate and address emergent doctrines, to determine measures to be taken against doctrinal error or malpractice of the Sacraments, and to safeguard the faith and morality of the people of the Catholic Church. It has four unique offices: the doctrinal office, the disciplinary office, the matrimonial office, and the office for the priesthood. Its advisory board consists of cardinals, bishops, priests, lay theologians, and canon lawyers.
Since 1968, the CDF has been headed by prefects. The Congregation is now headed by Gerhard Ludwig Müller. From 2005 to 2012 it was led by William Levada, and prior to that it was headed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger from 1981 to 2005. Prior to 1968, the prefect position of the CDF was symbolically held by the pope.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith oversees the Vatican Secret Archives and has been responsible for releasing content from that massive library, which has taken form in the shape in the publications of the Catholic Church and Modern Science series and the History of the Popes from the Close of the Middle Ages.