Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dictionary

A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.

Search:

Or browse the dictionary by selecting a letter!
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

FACULTY

The power or ability to do or make something. It is an active potency and not merely a passive capacity. In human beings it is an accident that disposes a person to operate in a specific way for a specific purpose, as the faculty of thought is the intellect, which enables one to know reality outside the mind. (Etym. Latin facultas, facility, capacity.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Targeting the Pope? 6 hours ago
Gregory the Great, Christ, the Church and the Soul in the Song of Songs 8 hours ago
New Ebook on Renewal and Evangelization September 15
More evidence that you can't trust the Pill September 15
Did Cardinal McCarrick compare Allah to the Trinity? September 15

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days