Catholic Dictionary

Term

NORMS OF ORTHODOXY

Definition

Also called "Rules for Thinking with the Church," of St. Ignatius Loyola. They are sixteen norms that form part of the Spiritual Exercises and synthesize, in practical terms, the distinctive qualities of being a Catholic. The first norm is an epitome of the rest. It declares: "We must put aside all judgment of our own and keep the mind ever ready and prompt to obey in all things the true Spouse of Christ our Lord, and Holy Mother, the hierarchical Church."