quick question


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A quick question from someone investigating the Catholic Faith. In joining the church must someone accept all non-essential teachings or just essential teachings ? Also is the title of Pope John Paul as “Holy Father” an essential teaching? I am not asking this to be silly, I honestly do not know. Thanks


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[quote=robertjohn]A quick question from someone investigating the Catholic Faith. In joining the church must someone accept all non-essential teachings or just essential teachings ? Also is the title of Pope John Paul as “Holy Father” an essential teaching? I am not asking this to be silly, I honestly do not know. Thanks

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Welcome aboard, robertjohn.

I believe that you may get a lot of answers at:

Dogmas of the Catholic Faith

Please keep in mind that this is not an official websight of the Catholic Church, but just one person’s organizational effort.

It may not be infallible :slight_smile: , but it looks pretty good.

It has been extracted from:
The Essentials of Catholic Dogma by Luwig Ott.

By the way, titles are not dogmatic.

Peace in Christ…Salmon


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Also, here is a link discussing why Catholics call priests “Father”, in case you are just having a problem with that particular word

catholic.com/library/Call_No_Man_Father.asp


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[quote=robertjohn]A quick question from someone investigating the Catholic Faith. In joining the church must someone accept all non-essential teachings or just essential teachings ? Also is the title of Pope John Paul as “Holy Father” an essential teaching? I am not asking this to be silly, I honestly do not know. Thanks

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Also is the title of Pope John Paul as “Holy Father” an essential teaching?

No, but the core teaching that he is the Successor of Peter and holds the Petrine Office is.

Basicaly what is in the Catechism of the Catholic Church is essential to claiming the name “Catholic”. Read the document at the front of the Catechism “Fidei Depositum”.


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