Catholic beliefs

Is there any resource that has what make the official church doctrine up, but that includes when they were decided?. Is there any resource that has what the church taught as official dogma in 1000-1100 period??.


Maybe if councils make up doctrine than the councils and years?. What does make official dogma?.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains Church teachings, both infallible and non-infallible.

Yeah I am aware of that, and thanks. But do you know of any that has dates and references on when official statements were made?.

Many Catholic beliefs have simply been carried with her since the beginning. As necessary, at councils, papal decress, and by other venues, the church has defined those beliefs, creating dogma. Two great resources for these teachings are, “The Sources of Catholic Dogma” by Denzinger, and “Fundamentals of Catholoc Dogma” by Ludwig Ott.

Hey jjsmity,

Official dogma can be put in two groups: fallible and infallible. All Catholic teaching comes from either divinely inspired Scripture or divinely inspired Tradition–these are seen as infallible. Interestingly, what either of these actually were was somewhat ambiguous until the Church (under divine inspiration) conclusively defined both the canon of Tradition and the canon of the Bible–this process was finished and closed in the late 300’s, and they have not changed at all since then. So crucial Catholic dogma was exactly the same in the year 400 as it was in 1000-1100, and as it is today. All of it can be found, as suggested, in the Catechism.

Infallible teachings are things that God has revealed to man. Based on your post, what you might be looking for are the Church’s fallible teachings–things that man has come up with himself (perhaps with God’s guidance)–because these have changed throughout the course of Church history. Nothing truly new can come from fallible teaching, at most it will simply expound upon the infallible. For example, that some parts of the liturgy are said in Latin is a fallible teaching. Finding dates and origins for all of these would be a large and difficult task, but as mentioned, some are contained in the Catechism (not, however, with dates). Unfortunately, I would be extremely surprised if there was any one resource that contained all of them.

Hope this helped. :slight_smile:


You must realize that some things the Church defines at a certain date are beliefs she has held from the beginning. They get defined usually when they have been challenged. Case in point, the Council of Trent defined transubstantiation, but the Church held the view that was defined at that council for 1600 years beforehand. The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, in the 20th century, but many of the Early Church Fathers held the view in their writings, and the Church has believed it from her start.

I think what you are referring to when was something declared to be doctrine/dogma. I good example would be the Trinity - never mentioned in scripture but certainly referred to. Purgatory and transubstaniation, as well. Never mentioned as such but all definitely taught in scripture. What many of our Protestant brothers see as the date when the Church “made someting up” is really the date when it was fully defined/clarfied or summarized.

New Advent has several lists

Hope that helps!

thanks I will be getting ludwig thanks so much.

perfect thanks.

The best source for finding the Authentic teachings (including Dogmas) of The Catholic Church is The Catechism of The Catholic Church. It is available here on the Catholic Answers store:

As to when something was declared dogma, that is generally many centuries or even millennium after its inception. Something is generally not officially declared until there is some question, the Dogmas are normally what has been handed down from Jesus to the Apostles and handed down from them through The Church to our very own time.

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