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Vic Biorseth, Tuesday, October 05, 2021
Question: What is a Catholic Dogma?
Answer: A Catholic Dogma is an existing Catholic Doctrine that has been officially Defined for the whole Church by the Magisterial Authority of a Pope.
This latest Mic'd Up episode of Church Militant was really concentrating on the off-handed vagaries, confusing statements, pronouncements and behaviors of Pope Francis and many of the highest ranking Cardinals, all made non-magisterially, versus the real magisterial authority to define dogma. But what might strike a chord in the heart of faithful Christians who are not Catholic, or who are not fully Catholic, is the very idea that:
No dogma can be anything new. It must be a formal definition of an already existing doctrine.
For instance, the Immaculate Conception of Mary in the womb of St. Anne, and the Assumption of Mary, body and soul, into heaven, were both Traditions known and embraced by the original Apostles appointed by Jesus Christ. And these Traditions had and still have just as much weight as all the written epistles that would later become the Bible.
All original Revelation of God, upon which the Church is founded and from which the Bible was written, ended with the death of the last Apostle. That Apostolic Age was the sole period of time when Christian doctrine was laid down in written letters and in spoken words.
Nothing may be added to it, detracted from it, or changed within it.
All that original Revelation is real; reality does not change. Not ever.
Long ago we wrote the Infallibility page, and later the Infallibility Revisited page; but the real sum of it all is the fact that the only time the Pope speaks with infallibility is when he is settling a dispute among the Bishops by formally defining an existing doctrine, and doing it, officially and formally, for the whole Church, and not just for some person or group he's writing or talking to.
The Bible guarantees the Apostles (and their successors) the support of the Holy Ghost to support their memories of what Christ taught them, and to be with them in giving proper testimony (John 15:26). This guarantee was given not to all, but only to the Apostles, to whom Jesus was speaking.
The first example of an Ecumenical Council is found in Acts 15, when Paul puts the question of circumcision of Christians before the Apostles. Peter stood and settled the matter "by my mouth" (verse 7), and the rest held their peace (verse 12). These decisions (doctrines) were written down for the whole Church, and it was proclaimed that "it hath seemed good to the Holy Ghost and to us" (verse 28) to formally define this doctrine for the Church.
So no Pope, and no Bishops, and no Priests, acting singly or together, can make any new doctrine or seriously damage any existing one, or define any new dogma out of thin air. If a Pope blatantly defines a doctrine out of existence, or reverses it's meaning, he would by that act be issuing a heresy, and no heresy may ever become a doctrine of the Church. It would not be a valid definition; it could and should be ignored by the faithful.
So fears of what this Pope or any other Pope might do to harm the Church, while not baseless, should not be of serious concern. It wouldn't work. And, we have it on the best authority of all that the Church will prevail against even the gates of hell.
The only thing Truth has going for Him in this world is us.
The restoration of Truth = Reality in the hearts and minds of men is now totally dependent upon you and me; if we don't do it, it won't get done.
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With fear and trembling, work out your salvation--Phil 2:12
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