Catholics are well known for their dogma, or at least we used to be. But there are still a few of us around who know what the dogma of the faith is and how it is to be applied.
When those who are faithful to the Church remind those who are not, whether intentionally or unintentionally, about those dogmas, they are often confronted as a dogmatist. “It is rude and wrong to impose your beliefs on me!” the offended person might respond. “Keep your Dogmas to yourself!” they might exclaim.
The individual who attempts to sound enlightened by stating his disbelief in dogma doesn’t effectively state it at all. Rather he affirms his belief in dogma, just not Catholic dogma.
Believing and imposing the view which one can not impose dogma, is an imposition of dogma. The individual, in trying to keep a distance from dogma reaffirms his conviction in his own dogma. By holding fast to certain beliefs and even imposing said beliefs on others, you become a dogmatist.
The secular dogmatist may claim that the Catholic dogmatist is simply repeating thoughts and ideas which were given to him by an ancient book. Meanwhile, the secular dogmatist received his thoughts and ideas from a book written by a college professor, anti-Catholic bigot or even from the nightly news. The secular dogmatist is not thinking for himself, though he may believe it, but rather he is regurgitating the same talking points which were spoon fed to him from his last choice of media consumption.
One might opine, this is all fine and dandy, but Truth reigns supreme on whether a belief is correct in it’s implementation. And seeing as God is the source of all Truth, we can rationally comprehend the dogma of a particular institution which is present on this Earth who is fully capable of establishing dogma we should all believe.
Seeing as the Catholic Church is the only authority on this planet who can determine Truth and error, it is crucial to every single soul to conform their will and their beliefs to that of Christ and His Church.