Propositiones Damnatae

Propositiones Damnatae is, in theological language. every thesis which contains either a dogmatical assertion or one intimately related to dogma. in the form of an authoritative reprobation, supported by the usual arguments afforded by Scripture, tradition, decisions of the Church, etc. The doctrinal opinions of those who diverge in any way from the belief of the Romish Church are also called propositions, and the degree of divergence is indicated by corresponding qualifications. If the authorities of the Church (general councils, or the pope himself) positively reject those propositions, they are condemned propositions, i.e. propositiones damnatae. The doctrines expounded, especially in writings, can be rejected summarily (in globo) without specification, or with special mention of each single proposition. In the latter case each condemned proposition is described by an adjective, which indicates its relation to the belief of the Church: heretical, bordering on heresy, erroneous, false, blasphemous, dangerous, immoral, etc. Such sentences have been pronounced, since the Reformation, among others, against the works of Luther, M. Bajus, Jansenius, Quesnel, etc. SEE HERESY; SEE INDEX EXPUIGATORIUS.

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