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A 'dogma' is a truth revealed by God to an Apostle. A 'doctrine' is an explanation of a 'dogma.'
In many instances protesters of Catholicism (Protestants) are not protesting The Church at all, especially on crucial scriptural passages. They are protesting what they think the Catholic Church teaches, not what The Church actually teaches (dogmas and doctrines). I was told to by a protestant once, “Do not come at me with your dogmas and doctrines.” This proves that he has misjudged what is meant by ’dogma’ or ‘doctrine.’ This person does not realize that he has his own set of dogmas and doctrines. To Catholics, a ‘dogma’ is an indispensable “truth” revealed by God to the Apostles, such as John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” If you believe this then you believe in a dogma of the Catholic Church.
In The Catholic Church, ‘doctrines’ are what is taught about a dogma. John 3:16 can be explain in several styles of languages, philosophical thought, poetically, literally ect., but can not deviate from its deliberate meaning. The Apostles received divine revelation through the Son, Jesus Christ (dogma), and taught their successors by written or oral word (doctrine).