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Since transubstantiation is Roman Catholic Dogma, are self described Roman Catholics who reject it in heresy?

The answers and comments to this question have made it clear that transubstantiation is a Roman Catholic Dogma. Of Dogma the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: The Church's Magisterium asserts ...
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What historical circumstances led the two Popes to declare the 2 dogmas of Mary with the rare infallible pronouncements?

Most people think that Papal Apostolic Constitutions (which have higher level of authority than most other types of papal documents) are infallible, but in fact only Papal ex cathedra statements ...
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Could the apostles add to Jesus' teaching after He ascended?

My understanding is that God revealed everything He wanted to reveal in the life and teachings of Jesus. Jesus then commanded the apostles to proclaim those teachings to the world, but He didn't give ...
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Objections to Natural Theology at the Time of Vatican I

The First Vatican Council, Dei Filius (1870) Dogmatic Constitution on the Catholic Faith defined the following: If anyone shall have said that the one true God, our Creator and our Lord, cannot be ...
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According to Trinitarians, what is the Biblical basis that some doctrine is a mystery?

Trinitarians, especially in the Catholic and Orthodox traditions, will describe the doctrine of the Trinity as being a "mystery", meaning that in some way it is beyond our ability to fully ...
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What is meant by "Catholic Truths" in Ott's «Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma»?

Based, in part, on some rather passionate comments regarding theologians made by user Geremia in the post "Who Said: 'God Did Not Become Man in Order for Man to Become a Theologian'?", I ...
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On the Equivalence of "Let Him be Anathema" and Matters of Faith and Morals

When in a biblical passage, such as Gal. 1:8--- But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema. or when an Ecumenical ...
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Is it Catholic doctrine that no one can be certain of being in God's grace?

From the Wikipedia article Trial of Joan of Arc: Several questions of a theological nature followed, including this one: Question: Do you know whether or not you are in God's grace? Joan: If I am not,...
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How can Roman Catholic "consensus fidelium" provide genuine assurance of infallibility in situations where anathema is pronounced?

The website of the University of Dayton has a page dedicated to the dogmatic status and meaning of Mary's Perpetual Virginity. In it we find means by which the Church may have assurance of the ...
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In Catholicism, why is heresy a mortal sin?

According to Catholicism, an act of heresy is a mortal sin. "Heresy is the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith, or it is likewise ...
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If salvation in Christ is not lessened without the perpetual virginity of Mary why must one believe the Dogma or be lost?

No one who knowingly and deliberately rejects the truth will be saved. It doesn’t matter how good of a Muslim, Jew, Baptist, or anything else he may be. If anyone rejects the truth of Christ and his ...
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Did the apostolic or early church fathers acknowledge Papal infallibility?

The Roman Catholic dogma of Papal Infallibility (P.I.) wasn't officially defined until 1870. This doctrine, defined dogmatically at the First Vatican Council of 1869–1870 in the document Pastor ...
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Are Jehovah's Witnesses expected to follow their church's doctrines?

There are a lot of publications of JW interpreting the Bible and our lives. Are members of this church requested to agree to all or a certain canon of teachings or are they supposed to draw their own ...
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Which sententiae are de Fide but are not defined by a Pope or an Ecumenical Council

De Fide is the highest Theological Note used by the Catholic theologians prior to the mid-20th Century. Of the sentences proposed for belief, there is that which comes directly from God (de Fide ...
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How do I locate Vatican I's citation of Lateran IV?

Dei Filius, a Dogmatic Constitution of the First Vatican Council, includes the following paragraph: This sole true God by His goodness and "omnipotent power," not to increase His own ...
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References explaining non-biblical dogmas in Roman Catholicism?

Where can I find an explanation for the non-biblical dogmas of Revelation in Roman Catholicism—such as papal infallibility, the Immaculate Conception, etc.?
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Are there examples of changes or reinterpretation of Catholic or conservative Protestant dogmas?

Are there examples of the changes or the reinterpretation of dogmas (catholic or conservative protestant)? I have heard that the attitudes towards slavery and usury have been mentioned as the most ...
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Does Catholic Church have any dogma about homosexuality?

Does Catholic Church have any dogma about homosexuality? I have not heard nor found any. One is tempted to make the comparison with the "conditional nature of the private property rights" ...
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Is Satan capable of love?

Is Satan capable of love? It does not matter what name we give to the leader of the fallen angels: Satan, Lucifer or the Devil. What I desire to know is if the leader of the fallen angels, commonly ...
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How do Christians who adhere to the maxim “in essentials unity; in non-essentials liberty; and in all things charity” determine what is essential?

The phrase has been worded in different but equivalent ways. For example, the Wikipedia article titled In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas says: In necessariis unitas, in ...
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Is there a difference between "co-redeemer" and "co-redemptrix"?

Did Pope Francis throw cold water on any hope for a 5th Marian dogma or is there a fundamental difference between "co-redeemer" and "co-redemptrix" that leaves the door slightly ...
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What must a Catholic believe to be a Catholic?

What must a Catholic believe to be a Catholic? I know we must believe the articles in the Nicene and Apostolic Creeds and the Ex Cathedra statements about Holy Mary's Immaculate Conception and ...
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Was the adoption of the Marian Dogma due to miracles, visions, any signs or any other guidance?

Were the four Marian Dogmas that the Catholic Church believes in given by Jesus Christ through visions, miracles or signs? Or if not, how did the Catholic Church adopt those four Marian Dogmas? How ...
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Is it official Catholic dogma that Mary is the wife of the Holy Spirit?

I've seen many posts here from Catholics describing Mary as the spouse or wife of the Holy Spirit. Catholic Answers calls it a "pious custom". Is this official Catholic dogma? If so, when was it ...
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What is the latest position of Catholic Church on the existence of Limbo?

Catholics traditionally believe that infants who die before being baptized, go to a place called Limbo. It is not understood whether the belief comes out of a dogmatic teaching of the Church. My ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach that the Catholic faith is demonstrably true?

Question: Does the Catholic Church teach that the Catholic faith is demonstrably (with certainty) true? Please provide references. Thanks for any help.
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Did the Catholic Church infallibly define that we can demonstrate with certainty the existence of God with the light of natural reason only?

Question: Did the Catholic Church infallibly define that we can demonstrate with certainty the existence of God with the light of natural reason only? Thanks for any help.
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Could "The human soul is created at the moment of conception." be defined as dogma?

Could the proposition The human soul is created at the moment of conception. be defined as dogma? (question idea courtesy Peter Turner, who asked "What paths exist in the Catholic Church for a ...
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What paths exist in the Catholic Church for a certain theological position to become recognized as dogma?

I'm trying to parse the words carefully to say "recognized as dogma" instead of "become dogma", but basically. How does a bill become a law, according to the Catholic Church. If, for instance, a ...
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Why doesn't the Pope try asserting doctrines ex cathedra to check if they're true?

My understanding is that the Catholic Church teaches that when the Pope speaks ex cathedra, he is infallible, because what he says in such instances is divinely protected from error. There are a lot ...
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Can the Pope speak ex cathedra about the return of Christ?

Can the Pope speak ex cathedra about the return of Christ? Specifically, if someone approached the Vatican, met with the Pope, and convinced him that he was the second coming of Christ, could the ...
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Do the Catholic Church ex cathedra pronouncements about necessity of Catholicism to be saved still apply?

I think the following was spoken Ex Cathedra: “The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but ...
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Which Catholic doctrines are infallible?

I know that the Pope can speak infallibly (ex cathedra), and that this has officially been done once, as well as three times before Papal infallibility was formally declared. I would assume that any ...
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