Francis has called for reflection on the sensus fidelium (AP)
The Church must pay attention
to the sensus fidelium, or “sense of the faithful”, when exercising its
teaching authority, but never confuse that sense with popular opinion
on matters of faith, Pope Francis has said.
The Pope made his comments in
an address to members of the International Theological Commission, a
Vatican advisory body.
“By the gift of the Holy
Spirit, the members of the Church possess the ‘sense of the faith’,” he
said. “It is a question of a kind of ‘spiritual instinct’, which
permits us to ‘think with the Church’ and discern what is consistent
with the apostolic faith and the spirit of the Gospel.” (more)