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According to authoritative Catholic exegetes, does 2 Cor. 6:14 forbid Christians from working with non-Christians in the workplace?

St. Paul, 2 Cor. 6:14: Bear not the yoke with infidels. For what participation hath justice with iniquity? or what society is there between light and darkness? According to authoritative ...
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How do those who believe in the immortality of the soul explain Leviticus 21:11? [on hold]

How do those who believe in the immortality of the soul explain Leviticus 21:11? Leviticus 21:11 Hebrew OT: Westminster Leningrad Codex וְעַ֛ל כָּל־|נַפְשֹׁ֥ת מֵ֖ת| לֹ֣א יָבֹ֑א לְאָבִ֥יו ...
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what led to the separation of the church into pentecostal and catholic [closed]

What led to the separation of the church into pentecostal and catholic and is it recorded in the bible if so where is it recorded in the bible.
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Did the Catholics or Orthodox suspend the Lenten fast during times of war?

It would make sense for an enemy nation with knowledge of the Catholic/Orthodox systems of fasting to attack during the fasting seasons, when the faithful were not well fed. As a corollary, it would ...
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Where did all the worlds population come from? [closed]

Where did all the worlds population come from? The Indians from the pacific northwest, Australians, the aborigines dated 60,000 years ago. The difference in each countries languages. Are there ...
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What is the relevance of civil divorce in Catholic annulments? [on hold]

When should I apply for the annulment? You can only apply after your divorce is final. Why does the catholic church care about one's civil marital status? If my marriage is invalid, give me the ...
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Can Catholic priests disclose the fact that someone has seen him for confession?

I recently spoke to one of my (catholic) highschool teachers who was then not a priest but is now a priest. We were talking, and he mentioned he knew one of my professors during my graduate studies. ...
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Can non-Catholic Christian souls participate in Intercession?

Let us say a Catholic person has a good Born-Again Christian friend who has died a year ago. The Catholic person believes in the intercession of saints and prays to them to intercede for him on many ...
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Can you explain at a philosophical level why Jesus' human nature is not a human person? [closed]

It is a basic belief of Chalcedonian Christianity, against Nestorianism, that Jesus' human nature is not a human person but belongs to the divine Person of the Son Who assumed it. According to the ...
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Was Jesus referring to 1 Kings 19 while delivering His teaching on pursuit of the Kingdom of God?

Luke 9:62 (NRSVCE) reads: Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” One finds a parallel when going through 1 Kings 19:19-21. ...
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What does the abbreviation RNT mean please?

Thank you for this forum. My personal thought regarding RNT is that it could mean Rheims New Testament as opposed to Revised New Testament, but I would apprecate your opinion or related thoughts ...
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Under what basis does the Catholic Church condemn the use of drugs while permitting alcohol?

The use of drugs inflicts very grave damage on human health and life. Their use, except on strictly therapeutic grounds, is a grave offense. CCC 2291 Let me state this in the clearest terms ...
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What positions with regard to epistemology exist in Catholicism?

Mostly sparked by debates regarding evolution, I have become curious what epistemological positions exist in Catholicism. I understand the doctrinal priority of biblical texts, so from a Christian ...
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Which are the exact differences between catholics and Christians? [duplicate]

I'm a bit confused about the differences, specially in what is canon for each of them. I think the whole bible is canon for all of them though, I've also hear that new testament can maybe be ...
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Where does the Catechism's part saying that one can always be forgiven by perfect contrition come from?

According to CCC 1452: 1452 When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called "perfect" (contrition of charity). Such contrition remits venial sins; it also ...
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What do Catholics believe about Yom kippur and judgment? [closed]

Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement, The Lords feast as Leviticus says. In Judaism, this is the day where God or Hashem will judge the future, what will happen the next year is decided on Yom Kippur. ...
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Can obstinacy in sin be forgiven in Catholic teaching?

I've read that obstinacy in sin is unforgivable. Is it one of the sins against Holy Spirit and therefore cannot be forgiven? However, what if a sinner decides to stop being obstinate and repents? ...
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Which, if any, of the seven Church Councils viewed as “Ecumenical” by Eastern Orthodox Christians are rejected by the Roman Catholic Church?

I have heard various answers to this question in the blogo- and wiki-spheres, but I would be interested in knowing what has been officially stated by the Roman Catholic Church in Bulls, Encyclicals, ...
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Why does Catholicism believe in purgatory? [duplicate]

Why does Catholicism believe in purgatory if according to Hebrews we are faced with judgement after we die? Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
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Those who enjoy pain: where do they go [according to Catholicism] [closed]

Hypothetically, if someone who did not sin, but enjoy receiving pain as they got used to it or other reasons, would they still not deserve Hell? I know next to nothing about Catholicism/Christianity, ...
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Can you only have a sacramental marriage?

I have tried to find an official ruling from the Catholic Church on this matter, but haven't had any luck and have only come across others asking the same question. This question is from the angle of ...
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Why is incorruptibility of saints' relics used as proof of their sanctity?

Why is the notion of incorruptibility advanced by some Catholics and some Orthodox when determining the corruptibility or incorruptibility of a saint's relics has never been a part of the ...
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Is there a historical reason why the liturgical colour purple eventually replaced black to symbolise penance?

Is there a historical reason why the liturgical colour purple eventually replaced black to symbolise penance? This question does not have its' answer in the difference between the two forms of the ...
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Pre- vs. Post-1960s Catholicism's views on Judaism [duplicate]

Why did the Catholic Church change its views regarding Judaism at the 1960s (spec. at the Second Vatican Council with its document Nostræ Ætate)?
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What are the divisions between Vatican I and Vatican II Catholics? [duplicate]

On this site Catholic questions are often answered very well by self avowed Catholics. Often two such users will argue well their viewpoints, but reach very different conclusions. For example see as ...
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According to Catholicism, does God want everyone to be Catholic?

According to Catholicism, does God want all humans to be Catholic? And if everyone became Catholic, would Satan be abolished? Is this acknowledged in the Bible or elsewhere?
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According to Catholicism, how does God expect us to realize the truth of Christianity?

I am sincerely sorry if this is under-researched/sourced, but according to Catholicism, how does He want people to discern [Catholic] Christianity's veracity? I have posted this on other SE religion ...
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Papal Blessing at World Youth Day 2016

A friend of mine will be attending World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland from July 26 - August 1. He will be carrying some religious medals with him to be blessed by Pope Francis. He is under the ...
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Has Catholic Church always taught that our corporeal nature necessary for humans to experience affection? (Catholic)

Has Catholic Church always taught that our corporeal nature is a necessary requirement for us to experience affection? or is the thought mainly coming from St. Thomas Aquinas? Thank you,
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When it seems a Pope has heretical beliefs, who determines whether those beliefs are Magisterial?

I know that even some Catholics think that certains Popes held personal heresies (were material heretics). For example Honorius I believed that Jesus had only one will, the heresy of monothelitism. I ...
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In Catholic understanding when there is more than one Pope, who decides which Pope is real and by what criteria?

I know at various periods of history cardinals were split submitting to multiple competing popes. However as they die, eventually only one Pope is considered the 'real' infallible Pope, and the others ...
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According to proponents of transubstantiation, in what sense is Jesus present “where two or three are gathered”?

Matthew 18:20 is commonly referenced to refer to Christ's presence among his people: For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. For advocates of the "spiritual ...
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How does the Catholic church prioritize different sources of information in coming to doctrinal/theological conclusions, and how do they justify that?

How does the Catholic church prioritize different sources of information in coming to doctrinal/theological conclusions, and how do they justify that? If you use the Wesleyan Quadrilateral as a ...
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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? [closed]

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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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 ...