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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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