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What is the difference between Catholic dogma and doctrine?

What is the difference between Catholic dogma and doctrine?

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Pope Benedict XV1 dealing with Dogma and Doctrines

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The meaning of Dogma?

It is define as when the Church authority proposes truths contained in divine Revelation or having a necessary connection with them, in a form obliging the Christian people to an irrevocable adherence of faith.

Dogmas are lights along the path of faith; they illuminate it and make it secure. Conversely, if our life is upright, our intellect and heart will be open to welcome the light shed by the dogmas of faith.

What are Doctrines

A doctrine is a teaching of the universal Church proposed as necessary for belief by the faithful. The term “doctrine” can be used generally to refer to all of the Church’s teachings. In addition, we can say that dogma is a subset of doctrine. All dogmas are doctrines, but not all doctrines are dogmas

Differences between Dogma and Doctrines

In  differentiating doctrines from dogma,

  •  “Doctrine” to signify teachings that are either definitively proposed or those that are proposed as true, but not in a definitive manner

For Catholics, there is an important difference between

  • the teachings that we must believe, which are infallible and unchangeable (doctrine), and
  • the rules that we must obey but which are changeable (disciplines).
  • Finally, there are areas where we are free to believe or not believe without offending against faith (theological opinions)
  • The Church’s doctrines make up the deposit of faith and a Catholic must believe them. The magisterium (which is the pope and the bishops in union with him) is the guardian of this teaching.

“Discipline” refers to the exercise of this authority.

  • The Church preserve inner unity here on earth, help her members achieve perfection, and provide a protective framework within which doctrinal teaching can be lived.
  • Discipline includes such things as Canon Law, priestly celibacy, and certain liturgical norms, and does not come directly from the deposit of faith but from the prudential decisions of the magisterium.
  • Disciplines are authoritative and binding in conscience for as long as the magisterium affirms them.

The magisterium cannot change dogma or doctrinal truth which originates from the teachings of our founder, Jesus Christ, e.g., divorce, (Mt 5: 32) or homosexual activity (Rom 1:18-32 and 1 Tm 1:10)

  • Indeed, truth cannot contradict truth. Doctrines and dogmas never proclaim anything “new” about the faith.
What are the four dogmas of the Catholic Church?

What are the four dogmas of the Catholic Church?

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What is a Dogma?

It is define as when the Church authority proposes truths contained in divine Revelation or having a necessary connection with them, in a form obliging the Christian people to an irrevocable adherence of faith.

Dogmas are lights along the path of faith; they illuminate it and make it secure. Conversely, if our life is upright, our intellect and heart will be open to welcome the light shed by the dogmas of faith.

Excerpts from the Catechism

There is an organic connection between our spiritual life and the dogmas.

The Catholic Church

  1. The Catholic Church was founded by the God-Man Jesus Christ.
  2. Christ founded the Catholic Church in order to continue His work of redemption for all time.
  3. Christ gave His Church a hierarchical constitution.
  4. The powers bestowed on the Apostles have descended to the Bishops.
  5. Christ appointed the Apostle Peter to be the first of all the Apostles and to be the visible Head of the whole Catholic Church, by appointing him immediately and personally to the primacy of jurisdiction.
  6. According to Christ’s ordinance, Peter is to have successors in his Primacy over the whole Catholic Church and for all time.
  7. The successors of Peter in the Primacy are the Bishops of Rome.
  8. The Pope possesses full and supreme power of jurisdiction over the whole Catholic Church, not merely in matters of faith and morals, but also in Church discipline and in the government of the Church.
  9. The Pope is infallible when he speaks ex cathedra.
  10. By virtue of Divine right, the bishops possess an ordinary power of government over their dioceses.
  11. Christ founded the Catholic Church.
  12. Christ is the Head of the Catholic Church.
  13. In the final decision on doctrines concerning faith and morals, the Catholic Church is infallible.
  14. The primary object of the Infallibility is the formally revealed truths of Christian Doctrine concerning faith and morals.
  15. The totality of the Bishops is infallible, when they, either assembled in general council or scattered over the earth propose a teaching of faith or morals as one to he held by all the faithful.

The main Four Dogma of the Catholic Church as founded by Christ is:

  1. Unique and one.
  2. Holy.
  3. Catholic.
  4. Apostolic.
What are the basic beliefs of Catholicism?

What are the basic beliefs of Catholicism?

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The beliefs of Catholics

Catholics believe that:

  • Christ instituted a visible Church with a hierarchy of bishops, priests and deacons.
  • Scripture and the Tradition of the Church are of equal authority.
  • There were seven sacraments (or mysteries) instituted by God as the ordinary means of conferring grace on earth:
    • Baptism,
    • Eucharist and
    • Confirmation/Chrismation
    • marriage,
    • confession,
    • Holy Orders, and
    • the Anointing of the Sick

BASIC BELIEFS OF CATHOLICISM

Catholics are, first and foremost Christians who believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Catholics shares with the Protestant faith and some are just Catholics only. There are beliefs

  • The Bible is the inspired, error-free, and revealed word of God.
  • The rite to become a Christian is Baptism. Baptism is by water, Blood or by Desire.
  • God’s Ten Commandments provide a moral compass — an ethical standard to live by.
  • The existence of the Holy Trinity — one God in three persons. Church embrace the belief that God, the one Supreme Being, is made up of three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Catholics believe that the fall of Man( Adam and Eve) in the garden of Eden caused every man to be born with Original Sin. A happier belief is in grace, a totally free, unmerited gift from God. Grace is a sharing in the divine; the inspiration to do God’s will.

Catholics belief as against other catholics

Catholics believe that:

  • God appointed Peter to be head of the Church and gave him primacy over all other apostles.
  • the Pope is the successor of St. Peter and has his authority and direct universal jurisdiction over the whole Church — including all bishops, who are the successors of the other apostles
  • Catholics believe that faith in Christ is necessary for salvation and that without such faith, there can be no salvation.

A Catholic  is capable of and responsible for theosis or sanctification after receiving salvation through faith in Christ by grace. The Catholic belief in the absolution of Sin is seen the faith of man on Jesus to forgive Sin

Mary The New Eve- The book of Revelation Reveals

Mary The New Eve- The book of Revelation Reveals

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Mary and the Angel Gabriel during her visitation

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The Fall of Man

God created man and put them in the most beautiful garden faction by Himself (God). Man was giving the authority to take care and tender it. Man had the nature of God; to think and act like God. God saw that man (Adam) was alone with no companion. Hence, God made Eve.

The coming of Eve brought the unexpected fall to man. When man fell, God started another plan for the redemption of man. The submission of Eve to the Snake caused the fall man. Eve Ate and gave Adam who failed to inquire from God before eating and so Man fell from the very nature God gave us

When man fell, he lost all his entitlement to the garden as well as the gardener to the most beautiful garden in the world. Fear, Lies and unfaithfulness entered the live of a man

The Redemption of Man

God knew the only way to redeem man back to that formal position will require a woman’s seed. So, God created a woman that will that seed that will redeem man back to the very nature of God. The woman’s name was Mary. To defeat darkness, the seed must be free from Sin. Hence, the woman was born immaculate to bring forth her seed immaculate- the only way. The Book of Rev 12. reveals a woman, whose dress was the Sun and who had the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head, was soon to give birth.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Mary conceived and born a child whose name according the Prophet Isaiah was Prince of Peace, Emmanuel (God with us) etc. After the Birth of Jesus, Joseph took Mary and the Child away from King Herod who sort after the Child to Kill. This was the manifestation of Rev 12. about the dragon waiting to kill the Baby after birth.

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Mary as the New Eve crushing the head of the serpent and The Old Eve being deceived by Satan

Comparison between Eve and Mary as the new Eve

  1. Eve failed to complement Adam in the tendering of the garden and help him dominate the earth and fill it with her seed. Her seed was corrupted before his manifestation. Mary, in the other hand, succeeded in the God given plan to have her seed born without sin
  2.  Mary as the new Eve submitted to the plan of God when she said, “Let it be done unto me according your will”, to the Angel who visited her with the greetings,”Hail Mary, full of Grace,the LORD is with You..”. The old Eve failed to help man dominate rather become the instrument for the fall of man.
  3. Through Eve, Curse and death came into the world and Through Mary, Life and resurrection was restored into the Word
  4. Mary brought forth Jesus, the Saviour of the world  while Eve brought down the Man, who is the father of the World