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Theology Glossary Terms

Dan C.

Fundamentals of Catholic Doctrine

1ACEDIA _____pertaining to things of lasting worth that will exist in the end times. From Greek eschatos, “last.”
2ANALOGIA ENTIS  _____the dispensation of the fruits of Christ’s Paschal mystery in the celebration of the Church’s sacramental liturgy.
3ANALOGIA FIDEI  _____Latin for analogy of being, which refers to the possibility that man can make statements about God’s attributes in human language— His goodness, His mercy, etc.—even though these attributes in God are transcendent and not possessed in the same way as in man. It is man’s way of drawing parallels between the human and the divine
4ANAMNESIS _____the gradual acquisition of the norms of a culture or group.
5CONCUPISCENCE _____Latin for analogy of faith, which asserts a coherence and inner logic among the truths of the Faith
6CONTEMPLATION _____An education of children, young people, and adults in the faith of the Church through the teaching of Christian doctrine in an organic and systematic way to make them disciples of
7DISPARITY OF CULT  _____the emphasis that Christ came to earth to deify our nature through the Holy Spirit
8ECONOMY OF SALVATION  _____a sensible sign, instituted by Jesus Christ, by which invisible grace and inward sanctification are communicated to the soul. The essential elements of a sacrament of the New Law are institution by Christ the God-man during His visible stay on earth, and a sensibly perceptible rite that actually confers the supernatural grace it symbolizes.
9ESCHATOLOGICAL _____a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, but rather should support it in case of need and help coordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good.
10HOMOIOUSIOS _____the Church’s teaching authority, vested in the bishops, as successors of the Apostles, under the Roman Pontiff, as successor of St. Peter. Also vested in the Pope, as Vicar of Christ and visible head of the Catholic Church. The word comes from the Latin magister, which means “teacher, master.”
11HOMOOUSIOS _____a quiet, mystical type of prayer in which the person praying no longer actively uses the intellect and will but experiences a peaceful rest in God as if in a loving embrace.
12INDULGENCE _____a form of spiritual depression due to lax ascetical practice, decreasing vigilance, carelessness of heart, an utter disgust for all things spiritual.
13JUSTIFICATION  _____the cleansing of sin and the communication of the very inner trinitarian life of God.
14MAGISTERIUM _____The proclamation of Christ and his Gospel (Greek: evangelion) by word and the testimony of life, in fulfillment of Christ’s command
15MEDITATION _____insubordination of man’s desires to the dictates of reason, and the propensity of human nature to sin as a result of original sin. More commonly, it refers to the spontaneous movement of the sensitive appetites toward whatever the imagination portrays as pleasant and away from whatever it portrays as painful. It also includes the unruly desires of the will, such as pride, ambition, and envy.
16NEGATIVE THEOLOGY  _____Greek term, meaning of the same substance. The Council of Nicaea used this term to affirm that the Father and the Son are of the same substance. Contrast with homoiousios, which means of like substance (i.e., merely similar, not the same).
17POSITIVE THEOLOGY  _____the situation involved in a marriage of a Catholic and a non- Christian.
18PRINCIPLE OF SOLIDARITY  _____Greek word meaning of like substance. This term was used by adherents of a fourth century belief that the Son of God is essentially like the Father but not of the same substance. Contrast with homoousios, which means of the same substance.
19PRINCIPLE OF SUBSIDIARITY  _____remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins (the) guilt (of which) has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints”
20SACRAMENT _____the divine plan for man, from creation through redemption to final beatitude; the method of divine administration, as at a particular time or for a particular race.
21SACRAMENTAL ECONOMY  _____an active type of prayer in which the person praying focuses on God by beginning with reading or studying and usually proceeding step by step. It aims toward—and contrasts with—contemplation.
22EVANGELIZATION _____a virtue found primarily in the souls of human persons and expressed in their mutual actions and relations. It is also reflected in the life of society as a whole.
23CATECHESIS _____the emphasis that Christ came to earth as an antidote to sin.
24INCULTURATION _____the prayer of remembrance after the Consecration at Mass in which the Church calls to mind the Lord’s passion, resurrection and ascension into heaven. This is a high point of the Mass as a memorial of what occurred during Christ’s visible stay on earth as a pledge of what He continues to do invisibly through the Eucharist

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