Doctorine and Dogma

Question from chris on 1/16/2008:

Dear Fr Levis

Please can you advice what the difference is between the words dogma and doctorine, please i know that the Immaculate Conception is a dogma, but please coudl illistrate another dogma and a couple of doctorines?

many thanks


Answer by Fr. Robert J. Levis on 1/17/2008:

Chris, Doctrine is the ordinary teaching of the Church; dogma is doctrine officially defined by Pope or Magisterium. The Assumption and Immacuate Conception are dogmas, devotion of the Rosary is doctrine. Fr. Bob Levis

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