Fulvio Di Blasi discusses “Sensus Fidei”
There is an aspect of Catholic Church teaching that is commonly neglected both by journalists and the mass media and by the Catholic Faithful ourselves. This aspect relates to the “sensus fidei,” which is a Latin expression translated into English as “appreciation of the Faith.” Recalling the Lumen Gentium, point 92 of the Catechism tells us, “The whole body of the faithful…cannot err in matters of belief. This characteristic is shown in the supernatural appreciation of faith (sensus fidei) on the part of the whole people, when, from the bishops to the last of the faithful, they manifest a universal consent in matters of faith and morals.” The infallibility of the Church does not relate exclusively to the ex-cathedra declarations that occur when the pope and the ecumenical councils solemnly and formally proclaim individual truths that must be believed. It belongs first of all to the Church, the people of God in history. The incarnation of Christ is not only a past event. Christ is still present with us through His Mystical Body, the people of God throughout history. Since God cannot contradict Himself or fail to teach anything that He wants to reveal, the sensus fidei of the entire Mystical Body cannot be mistaken in matters of faith or morals.
DR. FULVIO DI BLASI IS AN INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED SCHOLAR IN THE FIELD OF MORAL PHILOSOPHY, NATURAL LAW THEORY, AND THOMISTIC PHILOSOPHY. HE IS FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF THE THOMAS INTERNATIONAL PROJECT, PRESIDENT OF THE THOMAS INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION IN ITALY, AND DIRECTOR OF THE THOMAS INTERNATIONAL CENTER IN RALEIGH, NC.