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The Endless Fall of the Infallible See

March 27, 1329 : 'In agro dominico'
The papal bull condemning Meister Eckhart


[ Translated by Bernard McGinn, @ E. Colledge & B. McGinn, Meister Eckhart - The essential sermons, commentaries, treatises and defense, NY 1981, pp. 77-81. © 1981 by The Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle in the State of New York. Here published with introduction and notes by Ellopos ] 


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[ Conclusion of the papal bull ]


Now we saw to it that all the above articles were examined by many doctors of sacred theology, and we ourselves have carefully examined them along with our brethren. Finally, both from the report of the doctors and from our own examination we have found the first fifteen articles in question as well as the two final ones to contain the error or stain of heresy as much from the tenor of their words as from the sequence of their thoughts. The other eleven, the first of which begins "God does not properly command, etc.," we have found quite evilsounding and very rash and suspect of heresy, though with many explanations and additions they might take on or possess a Catholic meaning.

Lest articles of this sort and their contents further infect the hearts of the simple among whom they were preached, and lest in any way whatsoever they should gain currency among them or others, on the advice of our brethren mentioned above we condemn and expressly reprove the first fifteen of these articles and the other two at the end as heretical, the other eleven as evil-sounding, rash and suspect of heresy, and likewise any books or writings of this same Eckhart that contain the above-mentioned articles or any one of them.

If anyone should presume to defend or approve the same articles in an obstinate manner, we desire and order a process of heresy against those who would so defend or approve the fifteen articles and the two last, or any one of them, as well as a process of suspicion of heresy against those who would defend or approve the other eleven articles according to their literal sense.

Further, we wish it to be known both to those among whom these articles were preached or taught, and to any others to whose notice they have come, that the aforesaid Eckhart, as is evident from a public document drawn up for that purpose, professed the Catholic faith at the end of his life and revoked and also deplored the twenty-six articles, which he admitted that he had preached, and also any others, written and taught by him, whether in the schools or in sermons, insofar as they could generate in the minds of the faithful a heretical opinion, or one erroneous and hostile to the true faith. He wished them to be considered absolutely and totally revoked, just as if he had revoked the articles and other matters severally and singly by submitting both himself and everything that he had written and preached to the judgment of the Apostolic See and our own judgment.

Given at Avignon, on March 27, in the thirteenth year of our pontificate.  


End of the papal bull

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