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Section D

DEACON, DIACONATE: A third degree of the hierarchy of the Sacrament of Holy Orders, after bishop and priest. The deacon is ordained not to priesthood but for ministry and service. Deacons are ordained to assist the bishop and priests in the celebration of the divine mysteries, above all the Eucharist, in the distribution of Holy Communion, in assisting at and blessing marriages, in the proclamation of the Gospel and preaching, in presiding over funerals, and in dedicating themselves to the various ministries of charity. While the Churches of the East have always had a functioning order of deacons, in the West the permanent diaconate was reestablished by the Second Vatican Council.

character imprinted on deacons in Holy Orders, 1570
diaconate as a degree of the sacrament of Holy Orders, 1554
as a help to the bishop and priests, 886, 1554, 1569, 1596
ordained "to the ministry," 1538, 1569-71
permanent diaconate, 1571
respect for, 896, 1554
solemnity in ordaining, 1572-74
tasks of, 1256, 1570, 1588, 1596

DECALOGUE: The Ten Commandments (literally, "ten words") given by God to Moses on Sinai. In order to be faithful to the teaching of Jesus, the Decalogue must be interpreted in the light of the great commandment of love of God and neighbor (2055, 2056). See Commandment.

DEFINITION, DOGMATIC: A solemn declaration by an ecumenical council or by the Pope that a doctrine is revealed by God and must be believed by the universal Church; such definitions are called infallible, and must be adhered to with the obedience of faith (891).

DEVIL/DEMON: A fallen angel, who sinned against God by refusing to accept his reign. Satan or the devil, the Evil One, and the other demons were at first good angels, created naturally good, who became evil by their own doing.

apostles and their power to cast out, 1506
Baptism as renunciation of the devil, 1237
deliverance from the Devil, 2850, 2853-54
exorcisms for casting out, 517, 550, 1237, 1673
fallen angels, 391, 392, 414
idolatry and recourse to, 2113, 2116-17
Jesus and His power over, 421, 447, 539, 550, 566, 635-36, 1086, 1708
Jesus and temptations of the Devil, 538-40, 566, 2119
man s struggle against the power of darkness, 407, 409
meaning and etymology of the word "Devil," 2851
origin of evil, 397, 413, 1707, 2583, 2851
works of the Devil, 394-95, 398, 2851-52

DEPOSIT OF FAITH: The heritage of faith contained in Sacred Scripture and Tradition, handed on in the Church from the time of the Apostles, from which the Magisterium draws all that it proposes for belief as being divinely revealed (84; cf. 1202).

DESCENT INTO HELL: An article in the Apostles' Creed referring to the victory over death and sin which Christ won by being "raised from the dead." Jesus, like all people, experienced death and in his soul joined the others in the realm of the dead, where he descended as Savior, proclaiming the Gospel to the spirits imprisoned there in order to free the just ones who had gone before him (632).

DESPAIR: The abandonment of hope in salvation and the forgiveness of sins (2091).

causes for the loss of hope, 844, 1501
consequences of, 2091

DETRACTION: Disclosure of another's faults and sins, without an objectively valid reason, to persons who did not know about them, thus causing unjust injury to that person's reputation.

consequences of, 2479
as morally unacceptable, 2477

DEVELOPMENT, DOCTRINAL: Growth in the understanding of God's revelation, which continues though the contemplation and study of believers, theological research, and the preaching of the Magisterium (94).

DIACONATE: See Deacon, Diaconate.

DIOCESE: A "particular church," a community of the faithful in communion of faith and sacraments whose bishop has been ordained in apostolic succession. A diocese is usually a determined geographic area; sometimes it may be constituted as a group of people of the same rite or language. In Eastern churches, an eparchy(833).

DISCIPLE: Those who accepted Jesus' message to follow him are called his disciples. Jesus associated his disciples with his own life, revealed the mystery of the Kingdom to the disciples and gave them a share in his mission, his joy, and his sufferings.

experience of the disciples before the reality of the risen Jesus, 643-44
first, 949
Holy Spirit, sent by Jesus to his disciples, 696, 730, 788, 2623
Last Supper and, 1339
manifestation of the risen Christ to, 645, 647
miracles performed by disciples in the name of Jesus, 434, 1506
mission of, 542
prayer taught to, 2701, 2722, 2759
proclamation of, 425
reaction of, 1336
witness of the Resurrection historically confirmed by, 656

DIVINE OFFICE: The Liturgy of the Hours, the public prayer of the Church which sanctifies the whole course of the day and night. Christ thus continues his priestly work through the prayer of his priestly people (1174).

DIVORCE: The claim that the indissoluble marriage bond validly entered into between a man and a woman is broken. A civil dissolution of the marriage contract (divorce) does not free persons from a valid marriage before God; remarriage would not be morally licit.

consequences of divorce between Catholic spouses, 1650, 1664, 2384-85, 2400
definition of, 2384
indissolubility of marriage and, 2382
innocence of an unjustly abandoned spouse, 2386
legitimacy of civil, 2383
works of charity for those who have undergone, 1651

DOCTRINE/DOGMA: The revealed teachings of Christ which are proclaimed by the fullest extent of the exercise of the authority of the Church's Magisterium. The faithful are obliged to believe the truths or dogmas contained in divine Revelation and defined by the Magisterium .


Christian doctrine

  brief formulae of, 186
  goals of, 25, 78, 98
  Gospel, unparalleled doctrine, 127

initiative of lay Christians, necessary for permeating social realities with the demands of, 899

  Jesus teaching as the Father's teaching, 427
  Sermon on the Mount as teaching for life, 2764
  summary of Christian teaching, 9-10
  teaching, 5, 11, 427, 2179
  texts for sacred song in conformity with Catholic teaching, 1158
  truth of Christian doctrine in the witness of martyrdom, 2473
  See also Catechesis

social doctrine of the Church, 2419-25

  course of history explained in light of the Gospel (as found) in, 2421-22
  development of, 2412-22
  guidelines for action offered in, 2423-25
  temporal aspects in, 2420 


definition of dogma by the Church's authority, 88
of the faith, 88-90
of the Immaculate Conception, 491
formation of dogma of the Holy Trinity, 249-52
of the Holy Trinity, 253-56

DOXOLOGY: Christian prayer which gives praise and glory to God, often in a special way to the three divine persons of the Trinity. Liturgical prayers traditionally conclude with the doxology "to the Father, through the Son, in the Holy Spirit"; the final doxology of the Lord's Prayer renews the prayer's first three petitions in the form of adoration and praise.

final, 2855-56
origin of, 2641
as thanksgiving and praise, 1003

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Jesus Explained The Eucharist The Day After Feeding The 5000

"Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him." John 6:53-56


Jesus Gave Us The Eucharist For All Time The Night Before He Died

"While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, "Take and eat; this is my body." Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins. " Matthew 26:26-28


Today Some Cannot Accept The Gift Just As It Was In The Time Of Jesus

"'But there are some of you who do not believe.' Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him. And he said, 'For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.' As a result of this, many (of) his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, 'Do you also want to leave?' Simon Peter answered him, 'Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.'" John 6:64-68


Jesus Explained That Eternal Life Is Gained Through The Spirit - Not Through The Flesh

Jesus' Flesh And Blood Are Of Divine Nature (Spirit) And Not Of This World (Flesh)

"It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.John 6:64-68


It's NOT Just Bread And Wine - It's NOT Just Crackers And Grape Juice

Jesus Gave Us The Eucharist To Nourish Us Until He Returns

Come Home To HIS Church And Accept HIS Holy Flesh And Blood


"Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me." Luke 10:16





Do Not Reject HIS Church

Do Not Reject HIM







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