Doctrine taught by the Church to be believed by all the faithful as part of divine revelation. All dogmas, therefore, are formally revealed truths and promulgated as such by the Church. they are revealed either in Scripture or tradition, either explicitly (as the Incarnation) or implicitly (as the Assumption). Moreover, their acceptance by the faithful must be proposed as necessary for salvation. they may be taught by the Church in a solemn manner, as with the definition of the Immaculate Conception, or in an ordinary way, as with the constant teaching on the malice of taking innocent human life. (Etym. Latin dogma; from Greek dogma, declaration, decree.)
Dogma are those 'beliefs' that the RCC deems necessary for salvation.
Doctrine is all other 'beliefs' that the church deems 'important but secondary' ... i.e. not required for salvation.
Is that a correct understanding?
What would be the official source of determining whether the IC is a doctrine or a dogma ... since there are different opinions out there?
And thanks for the education on dogma vs. doctrine ... I learned something.