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The Responsibility of Bishops and Superiors to Dissenters in the Catholic Church

Revised Canon Law of the Roman Catholic Church, as set forth in the Apostolic Letter of John Paul II, To Defend the Faith, Ad tuendam fidem, May 28, 1998

Canon 750 - 1. Those things are to be believed by divine and catholic faith which are contained in the Word of God as it has been written or handed down by tradition, that is the single deposit of faith entrusted to the Church, which are at the same time proposed as divinely revealed either by the solemn magisterium of the Church, or by its ordinary and universal magisterium, which in fact is manifested by the common adherence of Christ's faithful under the guidance of the sacred magisterium. All are therefore bound to avoid contrary doctrines.

2. Furthermore, each and everything set forth definitively by the magisterium of the Church regarding teaching on faith and morals must be firmly accepted and held; namely those things required for the holy keeping and faithful exposition of the deposit of faith; therefore anyone who rejects propositions which are to be held definitively sets himself against the teaching of the Church.

Canon 1371 - The following are to be punished with a just penalty:

1E a person who, apart from the case mentioned in canon 1364, 1, teaches a doctrine condemned by the Roman Pontiff, or by the Ecumenical Council, or obstinately rejects the teachings mentioned in canon 750, 2 or in canon 752 and, when warned by the Apostolic See or by the Ordinary, does not retract;

2E a person who in any other way does not obey the lawful command or prohibition of the Apostolic See or the Ordinary or Superior and, after being warned, persists in disobedience.

We order that everything decreed by us in this apostolic letter, given motu proprio, be established and ratified, and we prescribe that the insertions listed above be introduced into the universal legislation of the Catholic Church, that is into the Code of Canon Law and into the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, all things to the contrary notwithstanding.
Pope John Paul II, May 28, 1998

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The Catechism of the Catholic Church, which I approved June 25th last and the publication of which I today order by virtue of my Apostolic Authority, is a statement of the Church's faith and of catholic doctrine, attested to or illuminated by Sacred Scripture, the Apostolic Tradition, and the Church's Magisterium. I declare it to be the sure norm for teaching the faith and thus a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion. . . . This Catechism is given to them [the Church's Pastors and the Christian faithful] that it may be a sure and authentic reference text for teaching catholic doctrine.
Pope John Paul, October 11, 1992

[Source of information: The Roman Catholic Faithful, http://www.rct.org/docs/1961DocFound.html ]

See also:
"Oath of Fidelity" to the Faith of the Church Taken by those who Serve in the Catholic Church"
The Responsibility of Bishops to Maintain Authentic Church Teaching in His Diocese