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

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If Jesus was sinless then why was he baptized?

If Jesus was sinless why did he need to be baptized by John? Mark 1:4-5 NIV John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. And there went ...
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Is theodicy considered an open problem or a solved one, according to catholicism?

Do catholics consider the problem of theodicy (Why God allows evil on this world) an open question, or is it "solved", seeing that so many people have tried to answer it. If it is not solved, what is ...
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On what basis do Popes choose their papal name?

Apologies if there is not a good answer to this but I was wondering how papal names are chosen. Is there a specific tendency for taking a papal name that is associated with a tradition or strain of ...
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Are there physical or psychological conditions that are a barrier to ordination to the Priesthood in the Catholic Church?

It is my understanding that priests in the Old Testament, sons of Aaron, were to be without blemish. [cf. Lev 21:16-24 (RSVCE)]. In the history of Church to the present day, have there been and are ...
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Does the Catholic Church verify whether candidates to the priesthood are really men?

In Catholic Church, only a baptized man can be ordained a priest. cf. CCC 1577 "Only a baptized man (vir) validly receives sacred ordination." The Lord Jesus chose men (viri) to form the ...
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Who is/ are the Magisterium of the CC and what power do they have?

Does the Magisterium of the Catholic Church hold equal power with the Pope in decision and statement making? Are they the CC's 'think-tank'? Do they advise the Pope on matters spiritual, or does the ...
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According to the Catholic Church in her recent pronouncements, what is the order of truths to which the believer adheres?

This @PeterTurner's answer to What is the difference between a dogma, a doctrine, an infallible statement, an ex cathedra statement, etc.? opined There are a few levels of Magisterial Teaching. ...
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Does the Pope teach infallibly ONLY when he speaks ex cathedra?

The Vatican Council (opened on 8 December, 1869) defined as "a divinely revealed dogma" that "the Roman Pontiff, when he speaks ex cathedra — that is, when in the exercise of his office as pastor and ...
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Are there no families after this life? [duplicate]

Currently the Pope is hosting an interfaith conference in the Vatican about the sanctity of marriage. I have been listening somewhat to the different speakers. One in particular, Rev. Dr. Richard D. ...
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What does the Catholic Church say happens on the New Earth?

There is a tiny blurb in my text book saying that Even the earth will be transformed in some way referencing revelation 21:1-3 which it goes on to quote, but not actually explain. So what ...
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What's Moses up to nowadays?

I'm teaching tomorrow on the general judgment and need an answer about folks in heaven. I know Mary and Jesus are there body and soul. I think (although my teachers manual doesn't mention it in this ...
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When and why did the Catholic Church stop the Crusades?

When and why did the Catholic Church stop the Crusades? Was there a specific reason why they stopped? Or were they no longer necessary at some point in time?
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On the viae of St. Thomas Aquinas: The subordinated causes

I'm readin «Teología Natural» by Ángel Luis González. In the book, it is stated that St. Thomas Aquinas' viae would allow an indefinite series of causes. He distiguishes between two causes. The first ...
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What is the process within the Catholic Church to get a clarification on Church teaching?

From this Meta discussion, the post presented the case that on C.SE, one may find irreconcilable answers to the question What is the Catholic Church's position on the scientific theory of evolution? ...
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What is the Catholic Church's understanding of science and of the scientific method?

One understanding of science from the science community is in: Science is a particular way of knowing about the world. In science, explanations are limited to those based on observations and ...
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In Catholic teaching, to what scripture is each of the seven sacraments referenced?

In Catholic teaching, to what scripture (OT and NT) is each of the seven sacraments referenced? The seven sacraments are: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), the Eucharist, Penance, the ...
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According to Catholic Teaching, what is “freedom of religion”?

This @Geremia's answer to "For Catholics who have expressed concern about Pope Francis and are wary of his pontificate, what are the key issues?" raised as an error and heresy of Vatican II, ...
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How are the Catholic church's teaching on plastic surgery and GRS self-consistent?

GRS (gender reassignment surgery) is the term given to procedures (several usually being required) which change the appearance of an individual from one sex to the other. My understanding of Catholic ...
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What are the main differences between the Catholic and Protestant definitions of Biblical inerrancy?

Given the Protestant definition in this selected answer to From a Fundamentalist standpoint, what does the phrase “Inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God” mean? | @DavidStratton, What are the ...
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What is the Catholic understanding and explanation regarding Num 11:25?

In Num 11:25, [The] LORD ... took some of the spirit that was upon him and put it upon the seventy elders[.] From my understanding of Catholic philosophy, a spirit is a simple substance that ...
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Satan being the ruler of this world [duplicate]

Growing up in a Catholic home, I was taught that the devil / Satan was in control of this world since "the fall". If you too have heard this tradition, could you explain its origins? I am confused ...
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For Catholics who have expressed concern about Pope Francis and are wary of his pontificate, what are the key issues?

Ever since his election on March 13, 2013, Pope Francis has electrified the world and is a media sensation But among Catholics, who it is said tend to love their Popes to a fault, the reception of ...
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What is the difference between apostolic pardon and absolution?

I was preparing for Catechism Class tonight on the the last things, the notes in my teachers manual say that unconscious people receive "apostolic pardon" if they get the anointing of the sick while ...
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What is meant by “men have been raised up from the fall to far greater heights?”

In Catholic theology it is said that "men have been raised up from the fall to far greater heights."1 What is meant by this and how are the "heights" of a different degree than our first parents' ...
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According to Catholic Teaching, what is sinning against the Holy Spirit?

According to Catholic Teaching, what is sinning against the Holy Spirit and why is this unpardonable? [cf. Matt 12:31-32 (RSVCE)] What are the the sins that are considered sinning against the Holy ...
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Did Jesus say “My people perish for lack of knowledge”?

There is a video on YouTube that went viral, in which a woman says "Jesus said: My people perish for lack of knowledge". I can't find anywhere in the bible where Jesus says something like this. Is ...
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Is a claim of 50,000,000 Baptist martyrs accurate?

In the book The Trail of Blood by James M Carroll, the author makes the claim that 50,000,000 early Baptists were martyred under persecution by the Catholic Church. The author makes the claim ...
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What is the Catholic Church's position on the scientific theory of evolution?

Understanding the scientific [Biological] theory of evolution simply as descent [from a common ancestor] with modification through Darwin's proposed mechanism of natural selection, starting from the ...
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What is the Catholic Church's understanding and position as regards evolution as a philosophy?

Answering from papal magisterium, what is the Catholic Church's understanding and position as regards evolution as a philosophy? Please note this @MattGutting's selected answer opened by saying: ...
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What is the Catholic Church's answer to whether one is really Catholic if they don't accept some of the Church's teachings?

A reader posed this question to CRUX magazine and obtained an answer. This question is seeking the Catholic Church's answer to whether one is really Catholic if they pick and choose in what they ...
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What is the difference between Tradition and Revelation according to Catholicism?

From what I think I understand, the Catholic Church believes that there is no direct revelation from heaven to lead the church, and that the scriptures alone are not enough to rely on, this is why ...
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Are there any differences between Protestant and Catholic theology concerning the distinction between demonic possession from mental illness?

Is there a difference between Catholic and Protestant Theology in regards to what constitutes Demonic possession as opposed to mental illness?
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What is to be understood by Mary being the “mother of the church”?

Ever since St. Ambrose of Milan there has been a line of thinking that Mary is the "Mother of the Church" - what is to be understood by this title?
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What is the biblical basis for venial and mortal sins?

My understanding of Catholicism is that they believe there are venial sins (kinda bad) and then there are mortal sins (really bad!), and that mortal sins are worse (or something). What is ...
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What is the Catholic Church's position on recreational marijuana use?

Several US states have passed voter initiatives to allow recreational marijuana use for adults. What is the Catholic Church’s official position on this issue?
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How widespread is the safe environment program in Catholic Catechetical programs?

Tomorrow I get to once again do the safe environment class as directed by my diocese (Madison). I was just wondering, because I have nearly no way of knowing other than to maybe randomly get an ...
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What is the biblical support that the Catholic Church is the custodian of truth?

The doctrine of papal infallibility is not founded on biblical texts specifically. It is founded on the "biblically supported" doctrine that the church is the custodian of truth. What is the ...
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What would happen if the Pope were to abuse his power?

I find it difficult to fathom the amount of power the Pope can potentially wield. According to book 2, part 2, section 1, chapter 1, article 1 of the Code of Canon Law the Pope basically has ultimate, ...
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How does the Pope's recent evolution comments line up with the Gen 1; 1-5 text?

Gen 1:1-5 1 In the beginning God *c r e a t e d * the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over ...
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How can the Pope's recent actions not be viewed as condoning homosexuality?

How is the Pope biblically justified in co-celebrating mass with the homosexual priest who advocates for same-sex sexual touching and fondling between Catholic church adherents in same-sex ...
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Are the theories of Evolution and the Big Bang now binding to Catholics and to be held as true?

On Monday, October 27, 2014, addressing the Pontifical Academy of Sciences , Pope Francis is reported to have said, 'the Big Bang, which nowadays is posited as the origin of the world, does not ...
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Do Catholics celebrate Halloween?

I just read this apparent quote from Pope Francis on faithreel.com: Most churches agree with what Pope Francis has expressed in this opinion, “Many think Halloween is a simple carnival like ...
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Who is credited with being the first to use these terms “conservatives”, “traditionalists”, “progressives and liberals” within the Catholic Church? [duplicate]

Pope Francis in his speech at the conclusion of the Synod 2014, said One, a temptation to hostile inflexibility, that is, wanting to close oneself within the written word, (the letter) and not ...
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According to Catholicism, does the eighth commandment (Do not bear false witness) obligate us to always tell the truth?

According to Catholic Teaching, does the eighth commandment You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. obligate us to always tell the truth? Are times when we are under no ...
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Does believing Christ died make you saved? [closed]

When people say that they believe Christ died and rose again, does that mean they are saved? An example... an Anglican would say that he/she believes Christ Died for our sins, and rose again, is ...
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Why do Protestants say: “In Jesus' name. Amen.”, whereas Catholics say: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”?

Why do Protestants oftentimes seem to say: "In Jesus' name. Amen.", whereas Catholics generally begin and end prayers saying: "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. ...
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Is there a Biblical precedent for the Petrine privilege?

Is there a Biblical precedent for the Petrine privilege? The Petrine privilege per the Code of Canon Law being Code of Canon Law Can. 1142 For a just cause, the Roman Pontiff can dissolve a ...
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What Catholic Church “welcome” is apparently lacking toward some groups of Catholics?

Given Jesus received sinners and ate with them, and Origen, in Homily 34 on St. Luke, says The Church is open to everyone. She never closes her doors or denies her assistance to anyone. It was ...
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What is the Scriptural support for the Catholic Church's “depositum fidei”?

What is the biblical basis that there is a thing which the Catholic Church terms as "depositum fidei"? Depositum fidei, i.e the Sacred deposit of the faith that consists of Sacred Scripture and Holy ...
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Literal or legend: how do Catholics treat non-Biblical miracles? [duplicate]

I am aware that I lack expertise on this topic sorry if the question is badly worded. There are a lot of reported miracles of the saints in Catholicism reported hundreds of years after Jesus' life, ...