Dogma vs Doctrine

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A dogma is a formally defined teaching of the Catholic Church either by a Pope in a formal statement, ex cathedra, or by a Church wide council of bishops in union with the Pope. A dogma is true and binding for all believers, and must originate from existing truths of divine revelation.

Doctrines are official teachings of the Catholic Church which are not in formal statements. Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate are Marian doctrines the Lady of All Nations has asked to promulgate into The Fifth Marian Dogma, but the Catholic Church has not formalized the dogma yet.  The Catholic Church has defined most dogmas to defend doctrines from particular attacks or misunderstandings.

 

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