42 Articles

Topic 34: Fifth Commandment

A revised version of this doctrinal outline, incorporating recent clarifications by Pope Francis regarding the Church's teaching on capital punishment. "Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains forever in a special relationship with the Creator."

Doctrinal Articles

eBook: “Summaries of Catholic Teaching”

This free eBook offers in several formats brief summaries of the teaching of the Catholic Church on key points of faith and morals, prepared by professors at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.

Doctrinal Articles

Topic 31: The First Commandment

Christ taught that to be saved we must carry out the commandments, which express the core of the natural moral law. The first commandment is twofold: love for God and love for neighbor out of love for God.

Doctrinal Articles

Topic 30: Personal Sin

Personal sin is an “action, word or desire contrary to the eternal law."

Doctrinal Articles

Topic 29: The Person and Society

A new doctrinal outline in the "Summaries of Catholic Teaching" series. Many people have found these helpful for getting to know the Catholic faith better and explaining it to others.

Doctrinal Articles

Topic 28: Grace and the Virtues

Grace “is the gratuitous gift that God makes to us of his own life, infused by the Holy Spirit into our soul to heal it of sin and to sanctify it” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1999).

Doctrinal Articles

Topic 27: Morality of Human Acts

“Acting is morally good when the choices of freedom are in conformity with man’s true good and thus express the voluntary ordering of the person towards our ultimate end: God himself.”

Doctrinal Articles

Topic 26: Freedom, Law and Conscience

God created us with the great gift of freedom. The natural law has the force of law as the voice and interpreter of the 'higher reason' of the divine Lawgiver.

Doctrinal Articles

Topic 25: Marriage

“God himself is the author of marriage.” The intimate conjugal union between a man and a woman is sacred, and is structured according to laws established by the Creator and independent of human choice.

Doctrinal Articles

Topic 24 (2): Holy Orders

The sacrament of Holy Orders confers a participation in Christ’s priesthood. The ministerial priesthood is essentially distinct from the common priesthood of the faithful.

Doctrinal Articles