The Holy Roman Catholic Church
- The Unity and Trinity of God
- God the Creator
- God the Redeemer
- The Mother of the Redeemer
- God the Sanctifier
- The Catholic Church
- The Communion of Saints
- The Sacraments
- Holy Eucharist
- Holy Orders
- Extreme Unction
- The Last Things
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The following De Fide statements comprise "Our Catholic
Faith without which it is impossible to please God" (The Council of
Trent, Session V, explaining the correct interpretation of Hebrews 11:
6). These positive "articles of faith" have the function of fundamental
principles which the faithful accepts without discussion as being
and sure by virtue of the authority of God, Who is absolute truth
of the Vatican). They represent the mind of Christ as St. Paul says:
- 1 Cor. 2:16. But we have the mind of Christ.
- Hebrews 13:8. Jesus Christ yesterday, and today: and the same
Since Our Catholic Faith comes from God, they are not open for
and they are not reversible.
The Christian is called to adhere to Christ and His teaching integrally;
the unity of faith is the dominant motif of divine revelation on which
St. Paul insists energetically, when he writes:
- 1 Cor. 1:10. I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord
Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no schisms
among you: but that you be perfect in mind and in the same judgement.
There is, then, no place for "pick and choose" in the
truths proposed to the Faith of Christians by the Infallible Teaching
for they are bound in Heaven by God Himself. If something is decreed on
earth and is also bound in Heaven, that thing must be the truth.
God is no longer the Truth, which is contrary to the Gospel:
- Matthew 16:19. And I will give to thee the keys of the
heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound
in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be
also in Heaven.
The Catholic Church is infallible because it is :
- 1 Tim 3:15. the church of the living God, the pillar and the
of the truth.
If a baptized person deliberately denies or doubts a dogma, he or
is guilty of sin of heresy and automatically becomes subject to the
The following compilation of all the Dogmas of the Catholic Church
obtained from the work of Dr. Ludwig Ott, Fundamentals of Catholic
published by the Mercier Press Ltd., Cork, Ireland, 1955. This book has
the Imprimatur of Cornelius, Bishop. Reprinted in U.S.A. by Tan Books
Publishers, Rockford, Illinois, 1974.
I. The Unity
Trinity of God
- God, our Creator and Lord, can be known with certainty, by the
light of reason from created things.
- God's existence is not merely an object of rational knowledge,
also an object of supernatural faith.
- God's Nature is incomprehensible to men.
- The blessed in Heaven possess an immediate intuitive knowledge of
- The immediate vision of God transcends the natural power of
of the human soul, and is therefore supernatural.
- The soul, for the immediate vision of God, requires the light of
- God's Essence is also incomprehensible to the blessed in Heaven.
- The divine attributes are really identical among themselves and
the Divine Essence.
- God is absolutely perfect.
- God is actually infinite in every perfection.
- God is absolutely simple.
- There is only one God.
- The one God is, in the ontological sense, the true God.
- God possesses an infinite power of cognition.
- God is absolute veracity.
- God is absolutely faithful.
- God is absolute ontological goodness in Himself and in relation
- God is absolute moral goodness or holiness.
- God is absolute benignity.
- God is absolutely immutable.
- God is eternal.
- God is immense or absolutely immeasurable.
- God is everywhere present in created space.
- God's knowledge is infinite.
- God's knowledge is purely and simply actual.
- God's knowledge is subsistent.
- God knows all that is merely possible by the knowledge of simple
- God knows all real things in the past, the present and the
- By the knowledge of vision, God also foresees the future free
of rational creatures with infallible certainty.
- God's Divine Will is infinite.
- God loves Himself of necessity, but loves and wills the creation
extra-divine things, on the other hand, with freedom.
- God is almighty.
- God is the Lord of the heavens and of the earth.
- God is infinitely just.
- God is infinitely merciful.
- In God there are three Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy
Each of the three Persons possesses the one (numerical) Divine Essence.
- In God there are two internal divine processions.
- The Divine Persons, not the Divine Nature, are the subject of the
divine processions (in the active and in the passive sense).
- The Second Divine Person proceeds from the First Divine Person by
and therefore is related to Him as Son to Father.
- The Holy Ghost proceeds from the Father and from the Son as from
single principle through a single spiration.
- The Holy Ghost does not proceed through generation but through
- The relations in God are really identical with the Divine Nature.
- The Three Divine Persons are in one another.
- All the ad extra activities of God are common to the
II. God the
- All that exists outside God was, in its whole substance, produced
of nothing by God.
- God was moved by His goodness to create the world.
- The world was created for the glorification of God.
- The Three Divine Persons are one single, common principle of
- God created the world free from exterior compulsion and inner
- God has created a good world.
- The world had a beginning in time.
- God alone created the world.
- God keeps all created things in existence.
- God, through His Providence, protects and guides all that He has
- The first man was created by God.
- Man consists of two essential parts - a material body and a
- The rational soul per se is the essential form of the
- Every human being possesses an individual soul.
- God has conferred on man a supernatural destiny.
- Our first parents, before the fall, were endowed with sanctifying
- In addition to sanctifying grace, our first parents were endowed
the preternatural gift of bodily immortality.
- Our first parents in Paradise sinned grievously through
of the Divine probationary commandment.
- Through sin our first parents lost sanctifying grace and provoked
anger and the indignation of God.
- Our first parents became subject to death and to the dominion of
- Adam's sin is transmitted to his posterity, not by imitation but
- Original sin is transmitted by natural generation.
- In the state of original sin man is deprived of sanctifying grace
all that this implies, as well as of the preternatural gifts of
- Souls who depart this life in the state of original sin are
from the Beatific Vision of God.
- In the beginning of time God created spiritual essences (angels)
- The nature of angels is spiritual.
- The evil spirits (demons) were created good by God; they became
through their own fault.
- The secondary task of the good angels is the protection of men
care for their salvation.
- The devil possesses a certain dominion over mankind by reason of
III. God the
- Jesus Christ is true God and true Son of God.
- Christ assumed a real body, not an apparent body.
- Christ assumed not only a body but also a rational soul.
- Christ was truly generated and born of a daughter of Adam, the
- The Divine and human natures are united hypostatically in Christ,
is, joined to each other in one Person.
- In the hypostatic union each of the two natures of Christ
unimpaired, untransformed, and unmixed with each other.
- Each of the two natures in Christ possesses its own natural will
its own natural mode of operation.
- The hypostatic union of Christ's human nature with the Divine
took place at the moment of conception.
- The hypostatic union was effected by the three Divine Persons
- Only the second Divine Person became Man.
- Not only as God but also as man Jesus Christ is the natural Son
- The God-Man Jesus Christ is to be venerated with one single mode
worship, the absolute worship of latria which is due to God alone.
- Christ's Divine and human characteristics and activities are to
predicated of the one Word Incarnate.
- Christ was free from all sin, from original sin as well as from
- Christ's human nature was passable.
- The Son of God became man in order to redeem men.
- Fallen man cannot redeem himself.
- The God-man Jesus Christ is a high priest.
- Christ offered Himself on the Cross as a true and proper
- Christ by His sacrifice on the Cross has ransomed us and
us with God.
- Christ, through His passion and death, merited award from God.
- After His death, Christ's Soul, which was separated from His
descended into the underworld.
- On the third day after His death, Christ rose gloriously from the
- Christ ascended body and soul into Heaven and sits at the right
of the Father.
IV. The Mother
of the Redeemer
- Mary is truly the Mother of God.
- Mary was conceived without the stain of original sin.
- Mary conceived by the Holy Ghost without the cooperation of man.
- Mary bore her Son without any violation of her virginal
- After the birth of Jesus, Mary remained a Virgin.
- Mary was assumed body and soul into Heaven.
V. God the
- There is a supernatural intervention of God in the faculties of
soul, which precedes the free act of the will.
- There is a supernatural influence of God in the faculties of the
which coincides in time with man's free act of will.
- For every salutary act, internal supernatural grace of God (gratia
elevans) is absolutely necessary.
- Internal supernatural grace is absolutely necessary for the
of faith and salvation.
- Without the special help of God, the justified cannot persevere
the end in justification.
- The justified person is not able for his whole life long to avoid
even venial sins, without the special privilege of the grace of God.
- Even in the fallen state, man can, by his natural intellectual
know religious and moral truths.
- For the performance of a morally good action, sanctifying grace
- In the state of fallen nature, it is morally impossible for man
supernatural Revelation, to know easily, with absolute certainty, and
admixture of error, all religious and moral truths of the natural
- Grace cannot be merited by natural works either de condigno
or de congruo.
- God gives all the just sufficient grace for the observation of
- God, by His eternal resolve of Will, has predetermined certain
to eternal blessedness.
- God, by an eternal resolve of His Will, predestines certain men,
account of their foreseen sins, to eternal rejection.
- The human will remains free under the influence of efficacious
which is not irresistible.
- There is grace which is truly sufficient and yet remains
- The causes of Justification. (Defined by the Council of Trent) :
- The final cause is the honour of God and of Christ and the
life of men.
- The efficient cause is the mercy of God.
- The meritorious cause is Jesus Christ, who as mediator between
and men, has made atonement for us and merited the grace by which we
- The instrumental cause of the first justification is the
of Baptism. Thus it defines that Faith is a necessary precondition for
justification (of adults).
- The formal cause is God's Justice, not by which He Himself is
but which He makes us just, that is, Sanctifying Grace.
- The sinner can and must prepare himself by the help of actual
for the reception of the grace by which he is justified.
- The justification of an adult is not possible without faith.
- Besides faith, further acts of disposition must be present.
- Sanctifying grace sanctifies the soul.
- Sanctifying grace makes the just man a friend of God.
- Sanctifying grace makes the just man a child of God and gives him
claim to the inheritance of heaven.
- The three Divine or theological virtues of faith, hope and
are infused with sanctifying grace.
- Without special Divine Revelation no one can know with the
of faith, if he be in the state of grace.
- The degree of justifying grace is not identical in all the just.
- Grace can be increased by good works.
- The grace by which we are justified may be lost, and is lost by
- By his good works, the justified man really acquires a claim to
reward from God.
- A just man merits for himself through each good work an increase
sanctifying grace, eternal life (if death finds him in the state of
and an increase in heavenly glory.
- The Catholic Church was founded by the God-Man Jesus Christ.
- Christ founded the Catholic Church in order to continue His work
redemption for all time.
- Christ gave His Church a hierarchical constitution.
- The powers bestowed on the Apostles have descended to the Bishops.
- Christ appointed the Apostle Peter to be the first of all the
and to be the visible Head of the whole Catholic Church, by appointing
him immediately and personally to the primacy of jurisdiction.
- According to Christ's ordinance, Peter is to have successors in
Primacy over the whole Catholic Church and for all time.
- The successors of Peter in the Primacy are the Bishops of Rome.
- The Pope possesses full and supreme power of jurisdiction over
whole Catholic Church, not merely in matters of faith and morals, but
in Church discipline and in the government of the Church.
- The Pope is infallible when he speaks ex cathedra.
- By virtue of Divine right, the bishops possess an ordinary power
government over their dioceses.
- Christ founded the Catholic Church.
- Christ is the Head of the Catholic Church.
- In the final decision on doctrines concerning faith and morals,
Catholic Church is infallible.
- The primary object of the Infallibility is the formally revealed
of Christian Doctrine concerning faith and morals.
- The totality of the Bishops is infallible, when they, either
in general council or scattered over the earth propose a teaching of
or morals as one to he held by all the faithful.
- The Church founded by Christ is unique and one.
- The Church founded by Christ is holy.
- The Church founded by Christ is catholic.
- The Church founded by Christ is apostolic.
- Membership of the Catholic Church is necessary
for all men for salvation.
- It is permissible and profitable to venerate the Saints in
and to invoke their intercession.
- It is permissible and profitable to venerate the relics of the
- It is permissible and profitable to venerate images of the
- The living faithful can come to the assistance of the souls in
by their intercessions.
- The Sacraments of the New Covenant contain the grace which they
and bestow it on those who do not hinder it.
- The Sacraments work ex opere operato, that is, the
operate by the power of the completed sacramental rite.
- All the Sacraments of the New Covenant confer sanctifying grace
- Three Sacraments, Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders, imprint
character, that is an indelible spiritual mark, and, for this reason,
- The sacramental character is a spiritual mark imprinted on the
- The sacramental character continues at least until the death of
- All Sacraments of the New Covenant were instituted by Jesus
- There are seven Sacraments of the New Law.
- The Sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for the
- The validity and efficacy of the Sacrament is independent of the
orthodoxy and state of grace.
- For the valid dispensing of the Sacraments it is necessary that
minister accomplish the Sacramental sign in the proper manner.
- The minister must have the intention of at least doing what the
- In the case of adult recipients moral worthiness is necessary for
worthy or fruitful reception of the Sacraments.
- Baptism is a true Sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ.
- The materia remota of the Sacrament of Baptism is true
- Baptism confers the grace of justification.
- Baptism effects the remission of all punishments of sin, both
- Even if it be unworthily received, valid Baptism imprints on the
of the recipient an indelible spiritual mark, the Baptismal Character,
and for this reason, the Sacrament cannot be repeated.
- Baptism by water (Baptismus fluminis) is, since the
of the Gospel, necessary for all men without exception for salvation.
- Baptism can be validly administered by anyone.
- Baptism can be received by any person in the wayfaring state who
not already baptised.
- The Baptism of young children is valid and licit.
- Confirmation is a true Sacrament properly so-called.
- Confirmation imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual mark,
for this reason, cannot be repeated.
- The ordinary minister of Confirmation is the Bishop alone.
- The Body and Blood of Jesus Christ are truly, really, and
present in the Eucharist.
- Christ becomes present in the Sacrament of the Altar by the
of the whole substance of the bread into His Body and of the whole
of the wine into His Blood.
- The accidents of bread and wine continue after the change of the
- The Body and Blood of Christ together with His Soul and Divinity
therefore, the whole Christ, are truly present in the Eucharist.
- The Whole Christ is present under each of the two Species.
- When either consecrated Species is divided, the Whole Christ is
in each part of the Species.
- After the Consecration has been completed the Body and Blood are
present in the Eucharist.
- The Worship of Adoration (latria) must be given to Christ
in the Eucharist.
- The Eucharist is a true Sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ.
- The matter for the consummation of the Eucharist is bread and
- For children before the age of reason, the reception of the
is not necessary for salvation.
- Communion under two forms is not necessary for any individual
of the Faithful, either by reason of Divine precept or as a means of
- The power of consecration resides in a validly consecrated priest
- The Sacrament of the Eucharist can be validly received by every
person in the wayfaring state, including young children.
- For the worthy reception of the Eucharist, the state of grace as
as the proper and pious disposition are necessary.
- The Holy Mass is a true and proper Sacrifice.
- In the Sacrifice of the Mass, Christ's Sacrifice on the Cross is
present, its memory celebrated, and its saving power applied.
- In the Sacrifice of the Mass and in the Sacrifice of the Cross
Sacrificial Gift and the Primary Sacrificing Priest are identical; only
the nature and the mode of the offering are different.
- The Sacrifice of the Mass is not merely a sacrifice of praise and
but also a sacrifice of expiation and impetration.
- The Church has received from Christ the power of remitting sins
- By the Church's Absolution sins are truly and immediately
- The Church's power to forgive sins extends to all sin without
- The exercise of the Church's power to forgive sins is a judicial
- The forgiveness of sins which takes place in the Tribunal of
is a true and proper Sacrament, which is distinct from the Sacrament of
- Extra-sacramental justification is effected by perfect sorrow
when it is associated with the desire for the Sacrament (votum
- Contrition springing from the motive of fear is a morally good
- The Sacramental confession of sins is ordained by God and is
- By virtue of Divine ordinance, all grievous sins according to
and number, as well as those circumstances which alter their nature,
subject to the obligation of confession.
- The confession of venial sins is not necessary but is permitted
- All temporal punishments for sin are not always remitted by God
the guilt of sin and the eternal punishment.
- The priest has the right and duty, according to the nature of the
and the ability of the penitent, to impose salutary and appropriate
- Extra-sacramental penitential works, such as the performance of
penitential practices and the patient bearing of trials sent by God,
- The form of the Sacrament of Penance consists in the words of
- Absolution, in association with the acts of the penitent, effects
forgiveness of sins.
- The principal effect of the Sacrament of Penance is the
of the sinner with God.
- The Sacrament of Penance is necessary for salvation to those who,
Baptism, fall into grievous sin.
- The sole possessors of the Church's Power of Absolution are the
- Absolution given by deacons, clerics or lower rank, and laymen is
- The Sacrament of Penance can be received by any baptised person
after Baptism, has committed a grievous or a venial sin.
- The Church possesses the power to grant Indulgences.
- The use of Indulgences is useful and salutary to the Faithful.
- Holy Order is a true and proper Sacrament which was instituted by
- The consecration of priests is a Sacrament.
- Bishops are superior to priests.
- The Sacrament of Order confers sanctifying grace on the
- The Sacrament of Order imprints a character on the recipient.
- The Sacrament of Order confers a permanent spiritual power on the
- The ordinary dispenser of all grades of Order, both the
and the non-sacramental, is the validly consecrated Bishop alone.
- Marriage is a true and proper Sacrament instituted by God.
- From the sacramental contract of marriage emerges the Bond of
which binds both marriage partners to a lifelong indivisible community
- The Sacrament of Matrimony bestows sanctifying grace on the
- Extreme Unction is a true and proper Sacrament instituted by
- The remote matter of Extreme Unction is oil.
- The form consists in the prayer of the priest for the sick person
accomplishes the anointing.
- Extreme Unction gives the sick person sanctifying grace in order
arouse and strengthen him.
- Extreme Unction effects the remission of grievous sins still
and of venial sins.
- Extreme Unction sometimes effects the restoration of bodily
if this be of spiritual advantage.
- Only Bishops and priests can validly administer Extreme Unction.
- Extreme Unction can be received only by the Faithful who are
XVI. The Last
- In the present order of salvation, death is a punishment for sin.
- All human beings subject to original sin are subject to the law
- The souls of the just which in the moment of death are free from
guilt of sin and punishment for sin, enter into Heaven.
- The bliss of Heaven lasts for all eternity.
- The degree of perfection of the Beatific Vision granted to the
is proportioned to each one's merit.
- The souls of those who die in the condition of personal grievous
- The punishment of Hell lasts for all eternity.
- The souls of the just which, in the moment of death, are burdened
venial sins or temporal punishment due to sins, enter purgatory.
- At the end of the world Christ will come again in glory to
- All the dead will rise again on the last day with their bodies.
- The dead will rise again with the same bodies as they had on
- Christ, on His second coming, will judge all men.
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Adapted from Magisterium of the Church, © Our Lady of
"Who is like unto God?"
Created July 16, 1996.