Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $39,295 to go. Please donate!
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

NECESSARY REVELATION

Supernatural communication of divine truth as necessary for the human race. There are two kinds of necessity corresponding to the two levels of human need, namely the absolute need of grace to reach the beatific vision and the relative need for help to overcome the limitations of fallen human nature. The human race would have needed revelation even if it had never sinned, once Christianity assumes that it has been elevated to a supernatural destiny. Otherwise how could anyone reach a destiny that is naturally impossible even to conceive? Moreover, humanity sinned. As a result the human mind is darkened, not completely but considerably. It therefore needs divine guidance, as revelation, to know what is not of itself beyond human discovery but what is difficult to attain clearly, certainly, and by everyone in the present state of the human race.

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

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Cardinal Kasper's unsubtle threat 5 hours ago
When Catholics are less Catholic than non-Catholics October 20
Cardinal Kasper's nose is growing again October 18
Challenge Grant Begins as Synod Ends October 17
What's wrong with this Synod, IV: Unprepared for marriage October 17

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6