Dating the magisterium
The first three books of The Mortal Instruments were published consecutively from 2007-2009.Cassandra Clare quickly followed these up with City Of Fallen Angels in 2011, City Of Lost Souls in 2012, and City Of Heavenly Fire, scheduled to be published in 2014.One of the most misunderstood and misused words associated with the Church is the Latin term magisterium.If a quick survey of certain web sites is any indication, many people seem to think that magisterium is a "who": the Pope, for example, or the Pope and the world's bishops, or the Pope and the curia in Rome. Magisterium, linguistically, is a neuter noun; it is a "what", not a "who." It is "the teaching authority of the Church." And, as we all know, "the Church" is more than its episcopal leadership. Why do we claim any sort of teaching authority at all?: After my initial post, I was doing some research on Blessed John XXIII's opening address o the world's bishops at the Second Vatican Council.I was struck by how he used the term magisterium, clearly using it the term accurately, and in the way we all used to use it until relatively recently.City Of Bones hit the stands in 2007and is Clare’s first full length published novel.
This fourth year at the Magisterium will be unlike anything else that has gone before . .' I can't wait to read more of this series!Infernal Devices came soon after, which occupied the same world as Clare’s Mortal Instruments series but earlier in time in the Victorian age.Clare has also cross referenced the characters of her fellow author friend Holly Black’s novels.Consider John : "The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name -- he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you." It is the Holy Spirit who teaches, no human authority.
The Holy Spirit is given to everyone at Baptism, and indeed, through all of the sacramental life of the Church.Look at how he introduces the term at the beginning of his address: In calling this vast assembly of bishops, the latest and humble successor to the Prince of the Apostles who is addressing you intended to assert once again the magisterium, which is unfailing and perdures until the end of time, in order that this magisterium, taking into account the errors, requirements and opportunities of our time, might be presented in exceptional form to all people throughout the world.