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 "The Church's Magisterium exercises the authority it holds from Christ to the fullest extent when it defines dogmas, that is, when it proposes... truths contained in divine Revelation or also when it proposes, in a definitive way, truths having a necessary connection with these. There is an organic connection between our spiritual life and the dogmas. Dogmas are lights along the path of faith; they illuminate it and make it secure. Conversely, if our life is upright, our intellect and heart will be open to welcome the light shed by the dogmas of faith. The mutual connections between dogmas, and their coherence, can be found in the whole of the Revelation of the mystery of Christ. 'In Catholic doctrine there exists an order or 'hierarchy' of truths, since they vary in their relation to the foundation of the Christian faith.'" - Catechism of the Catholic Church nos. 88-90

Important Resources 

The Holy Bible (Link)
10 Points for Understanding the Bible (Link)
Catechism of the Catholic Church (Link)

Compendium to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Link)

Second Vatican Ecumenical Council (Vatican II)

The Ecumenical, Universal, Magisterial teachings of the college of bishops in union with the pope constitutes the highest authoritative teachings of the Catholic Church.

 

For the complete video series on the Vatican II council and the documents below, follow this link.

Vatican II Opening Prayer

Dogmatic Constitution on the Church - Lumen Gentium
Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation - Dei Verbum
Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy - Sacrosanctum Concilium
Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World - Gaudium et Spes
Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People - Apostolicam Actuositatem
Decree on the Church's Missionary Activity - Ad Gentes Divinitus
Decree on Ecumenism - Unitatis Redintegratio
Decree on the Mass Media - Inter Mirifica
Declaration on Religious Freedom - Dignitatis Humanae
Declaration of the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions - Nostra Aetate
Declaration on Christian Education - Gravissimum Educationis

Papal Documents - Encyclicals, Apostolic Exhortations, Decrees & Bulls

Papal documents vary in their authority depending on the type of document and audience addressed.

Apostolic Exhortation Rejoice and Be Glad - Gaudete et Exultate - Pope Francis
Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation On Love and the Family - Amoris Laetitia - Pope Francis
Encyclical Letter On Care for Our Common Home - Laudato Si - Pope Francis 
Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy - Misericordiae Vultus - Pope Francis
Apostolic Exhortation The Joy of the Gospel - Evangelii Gaudium - Pope Francis
Encyclical Letter The Light of Faith - Lumen Fidei - Pope Francis
Encyclical Letter Charity in Truth - Caritas in Veritate - Benedict XVI
Encyclical Letter In Hope We are Saved - Spe Salvi - Benedict XVI
Encyclical Letter God is Love - Deus Caritas Est - Benedict XVI
Encyclical Letter The Church Draws Her Life from the Eucharist - Ecclesia De Eucharistia - John Paul II
Encyclical Letter Faith and Reason - Fides et Ratio - John Paul II
Encyclical Letter That All May Be One - Ut Unum Sint - John Paul II
Encyclical Letter The Splendor of Truth - Veritatis Splendor - John Paul II
Encyclical Letter Mission of the Redeemer - Redemptoris Missio - John Paul II
Encyclical Letter Mother of the Redeemer - Redemptoris Mater - John Paul II
Encyclical Letter On the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church - Dominum et Vivificantem - John Paul II
Encyclical Letter Rich in Mercy - Dives in Misericordia - John Paul II
Encyclical Letter The Redeemer of Man - Redemptor Hominis - John Paul II
Encyclical Letter On the Holy Eucharist - Mysterium Fidei - Paul VI
Encyclical Letter On the Need for Practice of Interior and Exterior Penance - Paenitentiam Agere - John XXIII

Catholic Social Teaching

 

For the complete video series on the 7 key themes of Catholic Social Teaching, follow this link.

Compendium on the Social Doctrine of the Church (Link)
Vatican Statements on Social Justice (Link)
Encyclical Letter The Gospel of Life - Evangelium Vitae - John Paul II
Encyclical Letter On Social Concern - Sollicitudo Rei Socialis - John Paul II
Encyclical Letter On Human Work - Laborem Exercens - John Paul II
Encyclical Letter On Human Life - Humanae Vitae - Paul VI
Encyclical Letter On the Progress of Peoples - Populorum Progressio - Paul VI
Encyclical Letter Peace on Earth - Pacem in Terris - John XXIII
Encyclical Letter On the Dignity of Workers - Rerum Novarum - Leo XIII
 

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Episcopal documents (those written by bishops) bear great authority within their own diocese and are to be considered definitive therein.

Built of Living Stones; Art and Architecture in the Diocese of the United States - USCCB 

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