Saint Francis de Sales Seminary


An Annual Presentation on Ethics

The Spirit of Truth and the Ordinary Universal Magisterium

Presented by Matthew Levering, PH.D.
February 27, 2023

Matthew LeveringDr. Matthew Levering presented The Spirit of Truth and the Ordinary Universal Magisterium: Infallibility, Revisability, and How to Understand Magisterial Teaching. Based on a work in progress, Levering offered thoughts on how to receive non-infallible papal or magisterial teaching and how to understand the infallibility of the Ordinary Universal Magisterium.

Dr. Levering holds the James N. Jr. and Mary D. Perry Chair of Theology at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake. Previous appointments include: associate professor of theology at Ave Maria University, Myser Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, and professor of theology at University of Dayton. Author or co-author of over thirty books including such works as Scripture and Metaphysics, Participatory Biblical Exegesis, Biblical Natural LawProofs of God, Aquinas’s Eschatological Ethics and the Virtue of Temperance, Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?, and The  Abuse of Conscience. Currently at work on a nine-volume dogmatics, whose first five volumes have appeared (most recently Engaging the Doctrine of Israel). Editor or co-editor of over twenty books including such works as The Oxford Handbook of Sacramental TheologyAristotle in Aquinas’s Theology, and The Reception of Vatican II. Translator of Gilles Emery, O.P.’s The Trinity. Co-editor of Nova et Vetera and of the International Journal of Systematic Theology. Past president of the Academy of Catholic Theology, and member of Evangelicals and Catholics Together.


The Lecture in Christian Ethics is supported by the Father Andrew Nelson Fund.

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