Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) is the department of the Pope's Curia or administration that deals with clarifying Catholic doctrine and moral teaching. For many years, Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, was the cardinal Prefect (director) of this Vatican department. Listed below is an partial list of some of the more important documents issued by this vatican congregation. The documents of this congregation are signed by the Pope and therefore are indeed carry his authority -- they are an expression of the ordinary papal magisterium. The currect Cardinal Prefect of the CDF is the American Cardinal William Joseph Levada.