III. The Interpretation of the Heritage of Faith The heritage of faith entrusted to the whole of the Church
depositumfidei),45 contained in Sacred Scripture and Tradition, to the whole of the Church. By adhering to [this heritage] the entire holy people, united to its pastors, remains always faithful to the teaching of the apostles, to the brotherhood, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. So, in maintaining, practising and pro-
able harmony between the bishops and the faithful.~6
The Magisterium of the Church
8~ The task of giving an authentic interpretation of the Word of God, whether in its written form or in the form of Tradition, has
This means that the task of interpretation has been entrusted to the bishops in communion with the successor of Peter, the Bishop of Rome. 86 Yet this Magisterium is not superior to the Word of God, but is its servant. It teaches only what has been handed on to it. At the
this devotedly, guards it with dedication and expounds it faith fully. All that it proposes for belief as being divinely revealed is drawn from this single deposit of faith.~8 1548 87 Mindful of Christs words to his apostles: He who hears you,
directives that their pastors give them in different forms.
The dogmas of the faith
when it proposes, in a form obliging the Christian people to an irrevocable adherence of faith, truths contained in divine Revelation or also when it proposes, in a definitive way, truths having a necessary connection with these.