Dogma, doctrine and Teaching


What are the differences among those three topics? It seems to me that Church teachings include both dogma and doctrine. Dogma is that which we are absolutely obligated to believe. Doctrine is not absolute, we may choose to believe or not. Is this a fair distinction?


Dogma: an indisputable article of the Catholic faith, to be held by all the faithful under pain of anathema.

Doctrine: Catholic teaching that generally can be modified (as long as it doesn’t contradict dogma or prior Catholic teachings). The faithful may disagree with doctrine, but they must know that doctrine is superior to personal preference.

Teaching: doctrine or dogma

hope this helps


Yes, your response makes sense. Thank you.


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