The Catholic Church and its teachings and views on specific subjects.

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Is there such a thing as a 'concordat' today in the Catholic church?

Background to question raised: I have been reading old histories where as a background stage, there were various antipopes (sometimes even 3 competing popes at the same time). The complex ...
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According to Catholicism, what is wrong with Luther's doctrine of ubiquity?

One of John Calvin's arguments against transubstantiation and consubstantiation was that the body of Christ, as a human body, could not be in more than one place at a time. His view of the Eucharist ...
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Nature of Agape (Catholic)

Agape is usually defined as the love that Jesus had for us from the cross. Does agape contain affection for others whom the agape is directed to? Please answer according to Catholic understanding.
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How does “believe that you have received it” practice in the ​Christian life?

in Mark 11:24 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. What is the catholic interpretation of the verse? The reason I'...
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What is the Catholic view of separation of church and state in terms of war and application of the death penalty?

Note: This question was an honest search for a Catholic view not an accusation or attack. If I had written an attack it would be a 1000 times more severe and to a specific point. The defensive ...
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Is the type of love shared between all heavenly members an affectionate brotherly love mentioned in Bible (Catholic)?

Does Catholic Church teach that the type of love shared between all heavenly members is an affectionate brotherly love mentioned in Bible, for example, Romans 12:10 and 2 Pet. 1:5-7? Below are the ...
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How do different branches of Christianity justify an emphasis on different sources of information in coming to doctrinal/theological conclusions? [closed]

How do different branches of Christianity justify an emphasis on different sources of information in coming to doctrinal/theological conclusions? If you use the Wesleyan Quadrilateral as a framework ...
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Are there gender requirements for Sponsors for a Catholic baptism?

In the Catholic Church, do sponsors for baptism need to be male and female, or are you able to have two females or two males as sponsors?
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Reward in Heaven? What is it? (Catholic)

Catholic Church teaches that we will be rewarded differently in heaven based on our merit (i.e. based on the amount of good deeds that we have freely done during our earthy life; for example, see this ...
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Why do Catholic laity cross themselves three times before the Gospel is read?

Why does the laity (and sometimes the priest) cross themselves 3 time before the Gospel is read? Like holding hands during the Lord's Prayer, and unlike bowing at the mention of the Incarnation ...
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Are Catholics required to accept every article of Aquinas's «Summa Theologica»?

Are all the articles of St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica to be accepted as the truth by every Catholic? Are there any criticisms of the Summa Theologica within the Catholic Church?
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Did John Wycliffe accept extreme unction?

According to Bruce Shelley, in Church History in Plain Language, John Wycliffe, the early dissident in Catholicism, accepted the sacrament of extreme unction: He retained belief in purgatory and ...
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Is promotion of contraception a reason to excommunicate?

Melinda Gates (wife of Bill Gates) promotes contraception such as condoms and sterilization among many other things. This is against the Catholic teaching. She also claims to be a practicing catholic. ...
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According to the Catholic Church, will people be able to have private conversations with God at any time in Heaven?

Every now and then, I say to myself, "I'll have to ask God about this when I get to Heaven." My Question: According to the Catholic Church, will it be possible to ask such questions once we're in ...
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Does Catholicism consider bisexuality and asexuality sinful?

I am curious: do Catholics believe that bisexuality and asexuality are sins? I understand that they believe homosexuality is a sin, but I wonder about these orientations as well. I ask this because ...
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Are Eucharistic ministers allowed to break the host?

I'd like to know if Eucharistic ministers are allowed to break a consecrated host? I witnessed this happening and I didn't think they had the right to do it. I was searching for the answer but some ...
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According to the Catholic Church, how did Paul become a saint?

In the eyes of the Catholic Church how did Saint Paul become a saint? Was it the encounter with Jesus that made him a saint? Or was it something different? Please answer exactly where he became one, ...
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Catholic priests in China that reject the papal primacy, are their administration of sacraments considered valid?

I was just wondering how the Catholic church in Rome views those priests ordained by the Chinese communist government which do not recognize any authority of the Pope? I realize from an interesting ...
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What does “he finds his truth” mean in Pope Benedict's Caritas in Veritate?

While I was reading Caritas in Veritate, an encyclical letter by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, I found this fragment: Love — caritas — is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for ...
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Why do Catholics consider praying to Buddha to be idolatry and praying to Mary is not? [duplicate]

Mary and Buddha are both human and lived on earth (Mary 20BC and (Buddha 563 BCE). But why is it praying to Mary's statue called veneration and praying to Buddha an idolatry? Why Shadrach, Meshach ...
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Does the catechism teach not to kill animals for food?

The Catechism teaches that we “owe” animals “kindness.” 2457 Animals are entrusted to man's stewardship; he must show them kindness. They may be used to serve the just satisfaction of man's ...
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Are Catholics expected to bury amputated body parts in a cemetery?

I remember seeing, some forty years ago, the Catholic family of a cancer patient burying his amputated leg in the local cemetery. I do not know if Christians all over the world still practice such ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach that humans are superior to all other creations on Earth?

Does the Catholic Church teach that humans are superior to all other creations on Earth, or does it teach that each creation is equally precious and that not one type of creation is better than the ...
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Does the Old Testament anywhere imply that the Law of Moses may be abrogated?

I am wondering if there are any statements in the Old Testament which either: A) Foretell a time when the Law of Moses will be abrogated (in the way Christ does in the NT) or B) States that some ...
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Why wouldn't a practicing Catholic joke about the Sacraments and what would happen if they did?

Stephen Colbert is a high profile entertainer and an out-an-proud Roman Catholic. As reported by the Daily Beast, prior to taking on his new role as host of the The Late Show, he sat down in an ...
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Why did the Western and Eastern churches react to their respective states so differently?

In Church History in Plain Language, Bruce Shelley points out a key distinction between Western and Eastern Christianity: how each has related to the State through history. Ambrose had hit upon ...
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What was the explicit purpose of Jesus' question to James and John?

At Matthew 20:20-23, we read about the request of the mother of James and John thus: Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor ...
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Can a practicing Catholic be an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church Monastery?

Stephen Colbert's wikipedia bio states: Colbert is a practicing Roman Catholic and a Sunday school teacher and an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church Monastery. These two (bolded) ...
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What does the Catholic Church think John the Baptist was referring when making the statement on greatness of Jesus?

John 3:30 (NIV) presents John the Baptist as saying about Jesus: " He must become greater; I must become less.” My question is: What exactly is the Baptist referring to (for example, public ...
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Is there a moral goodness in In vitro fertilization?

I may have a couple of questions here but it's basically the same subject. My first question: does the Catholic Church see any moral goodness in having a baby through In vitro fertilization (IVF)? ...
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In heaven will we love God more than everyone else, or will we love everyone as much as we love God? (Catholic)

Catholic Church teaches that God will be the principal object of our love in heaven. My interpretation of this is that by saying "God will be the principal object of our love in heaven", Church is ...
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Perfect relationship between Trinity and other relationships in heaven - Catholic

My question can sound like a question out of blue, but I am going to ask it anyway. We can come up with many different descriptions of so called "perfect relationship", but for Christians the best ...
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Original Sin as described in The Poem of the Man-God

How do the teachings of the Catholic Church regarding the nature of Original Sin conflict with the (alleged) private revelations of Maria Valtorta, as documented in her book The Poem of the Man-God? ...
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Catholic teachings on the nature of Original Sin

What I am asking What does Roman Catholic theology hold to be the nature of the original sin? If we consider the Tree of Knowledge, its fruit, and Adam and Eve partaking of it as all being metaphors,...
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In light of the list found in Isaiah 11:1-3, why are there seven gifts of Holy Spirit and not six?

The patristic authors1 enumerate the following list of gifts or emanations of the Holy Spirit among other lists of moral virtues. According these authors, these qualities are completely demonstrated ...
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Is an adult convert to Catholicism required to accept everything in the Catechism before he/she is baptized?

Prior to being baptized, a prospective adult convert to Catholicism attends the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) wherein they are taught the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). ...
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Does Pope Francis recommend giving communion under both kinds to the laity?

I've heard that Pope Francis recommends giving the communion under both species (i.e. the bread and the wine) to the laity, but I can not find proof of this. Is it true and could somebody provide ...
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How do indulgences remit temporal punishment?

"An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain ...
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Are blessed secular objects categorically lower than or different from traditional sacramentals like altars, priest vestments, etc.?

Every Thursday in the National Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus Manila, students of various universities nearby go to Mass. After Mass, the priest comes out with his holy water and sprinkles it on the mass-...
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Can all Catholic sacramentals be re-consecrated after being desecrated?

When a sacramental, for example, a chalice, an altar, or a church has been desecrated, can it be reconsecrated? If yes, does the desecrated item have to undergo a normal consecration process, or does ...
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How should/must Catholics handle, transport, and use holy water?

Some shrines, like the Shrine of Padre Pio Chapel in Quezon City, distribute holy water in bottles for Catholics who want some. So far the only guideline I saw in getting holy water from a basin is ...
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Is praying Rosary by listening as effective as reciting? [closed]

Is praying rosary just by listening to a recorded audio track as effective as praying by reciting? Does the Catholic Church urge to pray by reciting and prefer this method over just by listening or ...
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Is the receipt of the Sacrament of Confirmation a requirement before receiving the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony?

I'm contemplating of getting married. However, I haven't been confirmed yet. I need to know if it's actual Catholic law or if it's simply tradition to receive Confirmation before getting married. ...
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Are monks allowed by Church law to set up a religious order for clergymen with a particular profession (ex. developers)?

Imagine that there is a Catholic monk, who is also a full-stack developer, who, after much thinking wants to set up a religious order for clergymen who code. We have heard of clergymen (monks, priests)...
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Does current Church doctrine/law allow the veneration of a saint's social media accounts?

Imagine a hypothetical scenario of a holy Catholic in our century. This person owns a Facebook account, a blog, and an Instagram account. After death and much deliberation by the Vatican, this person ...
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Are Catholic priests allowed by church law to provide professional counseling and referrals to penitents who come to them to confess?

Let us say we have a priest, who is a licensed psychiatrist as well. A devout Catholic confesses their sins to said priest. The Catholic person chats with the priest, and priest asks follow-up ...
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How can Saint Thomas Christians who are Catholic have confidence that St. Thomas sailed to Muziris?

This question is addressed to Saint Thomas Christians that are Catholic. Since the Catholic church rejects the authenticity of both the Gospel of Thomas and the Acts of Thomas, how can anyone in the ...
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By what process did the miraculous conception of Jesus occur?

Is there an official position in Roman Catholic doctrine about the following: when Jesus was conceived, was it from an egg cell of Mary fertilised in a supernatural way, or did Jesus's embryo directly ...
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The Blessing of Herbs on the Feast of the Assumption?

Is there any confirmed historical evidence as to the origins to support the tradition that the Blessing of Herbs and Fruit is associated with the Feast of the Assumption?
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In heaven, will everyone be equally special to us (Catholic)? [duplicate]

It is believed that in heaven, we will have deep and intimate relationships with its every member. In heaven, will the level of spiritual connection and intimacy shared between everyone be equal ? ...