In the Catechism we find this paragraph describing the cohesiveness, the wholeness, the unity, of the Catholic Faith: ‘The mutual connections between dogmas, and their coherence, can be found in the whole of the Revelation of the mystery of Christ’. Quoting from the document Unitatis Redintegratio of the Second Vatican Council on Ecumenism, the paragraph continues: ‘In Catholic doctrine there exists an order or “hierarchy” of truths, since they vary in their relation to the foundation of the Christian faith.’ (CCC 90) Fr Guy discusses this further and very usefully lists the five foundational truths of the Catholic faith and gives a brief overview of each: the Trinity, the Incarnation, the Paschal Mystery, the Dignity of Man and the Church.
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A lecture given during the conference ‘Who do you say that I am?’ at the School of the Annunciation in October 2015. We are grateful to the School for giving permission to publish this talk.