Fides ecclesiastica

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Fides ecclesiastica is a classification of those Roman Catholic dogmas which are Church teachings, definitively decided on by the Magisterium, but not (yet) as being Divine revelations properly speaking.[1] They are considered infallible and irrevocable because, although they are not "truths of faith" (De Fide), they are nevertheless "closely related to them".[2]

It is one level below De fide and one level above Sententia fidei proxima which are generally accepted as divine revelation but not defined as such by the Magisterium.

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  1. ^ Dulles, Avery (1973). The Survival of Dogma. Colorado Springs: Image Books. ISBN 0385089570. 
  2. ^ John Paul II (March 24, 1993). "The Holy Spirit Assists the Roman Pontiff". General Audience. Archived from the original on 2011-08-10.