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

According to the Roman Catholic definition of heresy and the Pew Research survey, are 22% of Roman Catholics in the United States heretics and automatically subject to excommunication? Assuming that ...
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Is there a difference between "co-redeemer" and "co-redemptrix"?

Is there a difference between “co-redeemer” and “co-redemptrix”? Technically co-redeemer is masculine and co-redeemptrix is female. Definition of co-redemptrix A woman whose participation is believed ...
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Why doesn't the Pope try asserting doctrines ex cathedra to check if they're true?

Pope Pius XII—in his apostolic constitution that defines the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, Munificentissimus Deus (1950)—describes the process in which he sought counsel from all the bishops of ...
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Is it official Catholic dogma that Mary is the wife of the Holy Spirit?

It is not dogma Were it a dogma you'd find a record of it at the Pope's official web site. Ludwig Ott states in his Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma that, "The Church honours her on account of ...
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In Catholicism, why is heresy a mortal sin?

Heresy is a species of unbelief, which is a sin against the theological virtue of faith, which resides in the intellect. St. Thomas Aquinas, discussing whether unbelief is the greatest sin, says (...
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What is the latest position of Catholic Church on the existence of Limbo?

The belief in a place on the edge of hell goes back a long way. Dante depicted Limbo as the first circle of Hell (in his poem Inferno, from the Divine Comedy). Some years ago, there was a rumour that ...
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Is it official Catholic dogma that Mary is the wife of the Holy Spirit?

Is it official Catholic dogma that Mary is the wife of the Holy Spirit? The short answer is no. It is not dogma. There is no Magesterial teaching on this subject as dogma. Thus Catholics are free to ...
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What paths exist in the Catholic Church for a certain theological position to become recognized as dogma?

It seems you're asking how a material (definable) dogma becomes a formal (defined) dogma. material (definable) dogma: a truth revealed by God that the Church has not yet proposed one has to believe ...
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Is it Catholic doctrine that no one can be certain of being in God's grace?

Apart from divine revelation, one cannot be absolutely certain one is in the state of grace, though there are signs one might be. Council of Trent session 6 on Justification, Chapter IX. "Against ...
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What must a Catholic believe to be a Catholic?

Truths absolutely necessary for salvation The four truths absolutely necessary to believe for salvation are that "he [God] is", i.e., that God exists (Heb. 11:6) God "is a rewarder to ...
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Why doesn't the Pope try asserting doctrines ex cathedra to check if they're true?

You massively misunderstand the process of promulgating doctrine. It's not a magic process where God causes true statements to be generated out of thin air. Doctrine is developed through prayer, ...
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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?

God's existence and divinity can be demonstrated. Vatican I The First Vatican Council defined the dogma of the knowability of God from natural reason in Dei Filius II canon 1 on Revelation: If any ...
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Are Jehovah's Witnesses expected to follow their church's doctrines?

The simple answer is that all who become members must be baptized by full water immersion (so, no babies or children not old enough to give their free agreement to the expectations put to them below.) ...
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Is there a difference between "co-redeemer" and "co-redemptrix"?

There is no difference; Redemptor (Redeemer) and Redemtrix (Redemptress) are simply the Latin for Redeemer in the masculine and feminine forms. The Council of Trent (a Council as yet unrivaled in ...
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Did the apostolic or early church fathers acknowledge Papal infallibility?

I found an official Roman Catholic web site with an article entitled ‘Did the early church fathers espouse papal infallibility?’ The first article (link below) opened with this observation: The ...
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Are there examples of changes or reinterpretation of Catholic or conservative Protestant dogmas?

Are there examples of changes or reinterpretation of Catholic or conservative Protestant dogmas? As far as Catholicism is concerned dogmas are binding on Catholics and can not be altered. Catholic ...
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Could "The human soul is created at the moment of conception." be defined as dogma?

For something to be declared a Dogma, two conditions are required: 1) the statement is within the scope of Dogma. This is, it refers to faith or morals. 2) the statement does not contradict other ...
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What paths exist in the Catholic Church for a certain theological position to become recognized as dogma?

"What paths exist in the Catholic Church for a certain theological position to become recognized as dogma? What steps are taken for a dogma to be defined and declared within the Catholic Church. How ...
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Did the apostolic or early church fathers acknowledge Papal infallibility?

St. Robert Bellarmine, On the Roman Pontiff (from De Controversiis), vol. 2, Book IV: "On the Supreme Spiritual Power of the Pope", ch. I: "Whether the Pope Is the Supreme Judge in ...
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In Catholicism, why is heresy a mortal sin?

In Catholicism, why is heresy a mortal sin? According to the Catholic Church the sin of heresy is a mortal sin because it is destructive to the virtue of Christian faith and it’s revolt against a ...
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Objections to Natural Theology at the Time of Vatican I

That canon anathematizes the fideists, who thought that faith is the only or ultimate source of all knowledge of God and spiritual things. The name was originally coined by followers of Kant (1724-...
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Does the Catholic Church teach that the Catholic faith is demonstrably true?

No, not all the truths of the faith are demonstrable. First Vatican Council, Dei Filius IV canon 1 on faith & reason: If any one shall say that in divine revelation there are no mysteries, truly ...
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Is it official Catholic dogma that Mary is the wife of the Holy Spirit?

Mark Miravalle, a deacon in the diocese of Steubenville, is a fan of many unapproved Marian apparitions, but this fact hardly makes any of those apparations reliable. Likewise, he is a fan of many ...
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Is it official Catholic dogma that Mary is the wife of the Holy Spirit?

No, it is not a defined dogma: the only reason Mary has ever been called or considered the Spouse of the Holy Ghost (a title which admitted by all is an honorific, and not literal) is her unique ...
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Is there a difference between "co-redeemer" and "co-redemptrix"?

"Redemptrix" (English: "redemptress") is the feminine version of the masculine "redeemer". The Redeemer is Jesus Christ. The Co-Redemptrix is His Blessed Virgin Mother: ...
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Are there examples of changes or reinterpretation of Catholic or conservative Protestant dogmas?

Thank you for eventually making clear that your "question can not be about usury and slavery" (as per your comments). Given the nature of Dogmatics, however, you might need to clarify what ...
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Does Catholic Church have any dogma about homosexuality?

The First Vatican Council established that the pope is infallible when, by virtue of his supreme Apostolic authority, he defines a doctrine regarding faith or morals [de fide vel moribus] to be held ...
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Is Satan capable of love?

The View of St. Thomas Aquinas I will confine my answer to St. Thomas Aquinas' view, and I will divide it into two parts: first whether demons such as Satan do in fact love, and secondly whether they ...
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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 maxim “in essentials unity; in non-essentials liberty; and in all things charity” is widely embraced by many Protestant churches (Church of England/Anglican, Methodist, Evangelical Presbyterian, ...
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References explaining non-biblical dogmas in Roman Catholicism?

One good Catholic source is the book below, which is my go-to-first source for questions about the Catholic faith. It bears "The Concise Sacramentum Mundi" subtitle (major articles on ...
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