Sensus fidelium

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Sensus fidelium is a Latin term translated "sense of the faithful" as directly related to sensus fidei the "sense of the faith"; almost universally with reference to Christianity.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 91-93 [1]

91 All the faithful share in understanding and handing on revealed truth. They have received the anointing of the Holy Spirit, who instructs them [1 Jn 2:20, 27] and guides them into all truth [Jn 16:13].
92 “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.” [LG 12; cf. St. Augustine, De praed. sanct. 14, 27: PL 44, 980.]
93 “By this appreciation of the faith, aroused and sustained by the Spirit of truth, the People of God, guided by the sacred teaching authority (Magisterium),...receives...the faith, once for all delivered to the saints.... The People unfailingly adheres to this faith, penetrates it more deeply with right judgment, and applies it more fully in daily life.” [LG 12; cf Jude 3.]

Two doctrines universally accepted by the whole of Christianity are

  • God exists
  • Jesus is the Christ sent by God

See also





Orthodox Church


Ecumenical Movement




Cosmic Humanism




External links

Sensus fidelium - Wikipedia

Sensus fidei (

Greek Orthodox Church ( Questions asked regarding Eastern Orthodoxy and Protestantism

What Essential Doctrines Must All Christians Believe? (

What are the Essential Christian Doctrines? (

Meaning of "Faith" ( Questions regarding the meaning of faith and doubts regarding the possibility of any consensus in belief