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Heretic are they who restricting belief to certain points of Christ's doctrine selected and fashioned at pleasure. They believe not what Christ really taught, but the suggestions of his own mind. - (Summa Theologica - Second Part of the Second Part - Question 11) Schismatics are they who of their own will and intention separate themselves from the unity of ...


A heretic is one who denies a dogma of the faith. A schismatic is one who refuses to be subject to the authorities of the church. (I'll leave soteriological consequences to others.)

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