How many Dogmas are there?


#1

I was curious to find out, how many Dogmas are out there that the Catholic Church Follows?


#2

[quote=CatMan]I was curious to find out, how many Dogmas are out there that the Catholic Church Follows?
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Only one, The Dogma of the Catholic Church.

Dogma n. 1. A doctrine or a corpus of doctrines relating to matters such as morality and faith, set forth in an authoritative manner by a church


#3

Only one, The Dogma of the Catholic Church.

A most unhelpful and uncharitable answer. Surely it was obvious the person asking the question wanted to know what one must believe in order to be a Catholic? (If not then I apologise but thats the way I understood it)

As a lapsed Catholic who may return to the faith, I would recommend reading Scripture and the Catechism, and to get involved with a Church program which can help you learn about Catholicism. There are many conflicting views out there on what one must believe as a Catholic and the Catechism usually clears them up. Asking a priest or knowledgeable Catholic friend is also a good idea as they can give advice on specifics and interpretation


#4

[quote=teresas1979]A most unhelpful and uncharitable answer. Surely it was obvious the person asking the question wanted to know what one must believe in order to be a Catholic? (If not then I apologise but thats the way I understood it)

As a lapsed Catholic who may return to the faith, I would recommend reading Scripture and the Catechism, and to get involved with a Church program which can help you learn about Catholicism. There are many conflicting views out there on what one must believe as a Catholic and the Catechism usually clears them up. Asking a priest or knowledgeable Catholic friend is also a good idea as they can give advice on specifics and interpretation
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Huh? It was an accurate answer to the question. If he would have asked, what must one believe to be a member of the Catholic Church, the answer would have been different. I would like to know what your definition of charity is, so that I can understand how answering a question briefly and honestly is uncharitable.


#5

Dogma n. 1. A doctrine or a corpus of doctrines relating to matters such as morality and faith, set forth in an authoritative manner by a church

Considering the context, I would imagine that CatMan used “dogma” in the sense of “a doctrine” rather than “a corpus of doctrines”.

The catechism can be useful for finding the dogma[s] of the CC, but it’s rather bulky and also teaches much which is only *doctrine *and not dogma. Here is a list of Catholic dogma: catholicbridge.com/dogma.htm

That list contains only the dogmas, and not doctrines. So, for example, Mary’s queenship is not listed.


#6

Here is a link to a presentation of the dogmas of the Catholic faith:

Dogmas of the Catholic Church

Please understand that this is NOT an official proclamation of the Church, but culled from the excellent work of Dr. Ludwig Ott titled, “Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma”.

Also, know that items followed by “De fide” are those items mandated to be held by Catholics.

Peace in Christ…Salmon


#7

Hi Catman,

Salmon’s reference is excellent, although a lifetime is probably not enough to understand all of it fully.

The Church does not require you to know and understand everyone of its teachings. It is satified, if you can sincerely recite the folllowing prayer :

O MY GOD, I firmly believe that Thou art one God in Three Divine Persons,
Father, Son and Holy Ghost. I believe that Thy Divine Son became Man, and
died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches, because Thou hast revealed them, Who canst neither deceive nor be deceived.

Verbum


#8

If you want a good, simple concise answer as to what you MUST believe, then I submit the Nicene Creed, said in the middle of every Catholic liturgy.


#9

[quote=CatMan]I was curious to find out, how many Dogmas are out there that the Catholic Church Follows?
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There are a limited number of dogmas of the Catholic Church that have been solemnly defined by the extraordinary exercise of the Magisterium. There are also innumerable dogmas that have never been solemnly defined, but have been taught by the ordinary and universal Magisterium of the Catholic Church.Some Catholics mistakenly try to limit infallibility to only those teachings that are solemnly defined. … The ordinary and universal Magisterium is the normal or usual means by which the Pope and the bishops in union with him infallibly propose teachings to the whole Church.

Pillar and Bulwark of the Truth: The Infallible Magisterium of the Catholic Church


#10

According to HolyJoe.org, there are 255 dogmas of the Catholic Church.


#11

If that’s true (and I have not done the homework), then the Catholic Church has come a long way from “all you have to believe is what’s in the Creed.” That said, as soon as I saw Scott’s post with the Creed, I thought of several things that we are required to believe in that are not in the Creed, mainly Marian dogmas


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