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  • Catholic means universal
  • Catholic Church means those who are in union with the Pope in Rome - although there are independent catholic churches.


  • Catholic teaching is founded on the New Testament and the clarification of teachings from the Church Councils - these are called doctrine and dogma
  • The catholic teaching on faith and morals is overseen by the Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - it has an explicit charter from the Pope to do this. It is this body which issues declarations on abortion, homosexuality and same-sex marriages, in-vitro fertilisation, therapeutic cloning, the divine nature of Jesus Christ, along with pronoucements on heresy.
Coat of Arms of the Apostolic See


  • A summary of topics for Catholic teaching on faith and morals would include, among other things:
  • Authority of the Bible
  • One True Church
  • Creation
  • God, the Trinity
  • Jesus, God and Man
  • Morality (moral teachings on the message of Jesus)
  • The Sacraments
  • Salvation and Grace
  • Sin
  • The Virgin Mary


Includes CC-BY-SA content from Wikipedia's Congregation_for_the_Doctrine_of_the_Faith article (authors)

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