- from the seat of authority; with authority: used especially of those pronouncements of the pope that are considered infallible.
Origin of ex cathedra
Related Words for ex cathedraprecise, authoritative, definite, fitting, valid, proper, formal, conclusive, assertive, pragmatic, categorical, reasoned, real, positive, okay, cathedral, true, accredited, approved, authentic
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Historical Examples of ex cathedra
I am tired of your ex-cathedra statements and your self-sufficiency.'Possessed
- with authority
- RC Church (of doctrines of faith or morals) defined by the pope as infallibly true, to be accepted by all Catholics
Word Origin for ex cathedra
Word Origin and History for ex cathedra
Descriptive term for an official pronouncement from the pope. Ex cathedra is Latin for “from the chair.” Roman Catholics believe that the pope speaks infallibly when speaking ex cathedra on questions of faith or morals, such as when Pope Pius XII declared in 1950 that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was physically taken up to heaven after her death.