"ex cathedra" (Latin)

by Craig Shrives

What does the Latin term ex cathedra mean?

"Ex cathedra" is a Latin term that means "from the chair" or "from the seat." It refers to a statement or pronouncement made by a person in a position of authority, particularly by a pope speaking infallibly on matters of faith and doctrine within the Catholic Church.

Examples in Sentences

Here are three example sentences using the term "ex cathedra":
  • The pope declared the dogma of the Immaculate Conception ex cathedra, affirming it as an infallible teaching of the Catholic Church.
  • When speaking ex cathedra, the pontiff's words are considered binding and carry the authority of the highest office in the Church.
  • Theologians and scholars carefully examine official pronouncements made ex cathedra to discern their theological implications and significance.
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