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

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Why must the hypostatic union be viewed as taking place at Jesus' conception?

What are the reasons why Trinitarian orthodoxy holds that the Word had to make his hypostatic union with the man Jesus Christ at the point of his conception in Mary's womb rather than later at his ...
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According to Catholicism, in what cases is Purgatory necessary?

As I understand it, there are at least two "steps" necessary for a person to reach Heaven; I hope this description is valid from nearly all Christian viewpoints. First the person has to choose to ...
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What is the Roman Catholic view of Christian perfection or entire sanctification?

Does the RC Church have a view on Christian perfection or entire sanctification? If so what is it? To what degree do they believe believers can experience any amount of freedom from sin in this life?
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The Eucharist and the supernatural Priesthood

This is probably a question mostly directed at Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christianity. Why is it that only a priest can consecrate the Eucharist? Is there the assumption that there is some sort of ...
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Praying to people outside the Trinity

I understand that the Roman Catholic church direct some prayers to Mary, the mother of Jesus. For me it would be strange to address my prayers to anyone outside the Holy Trinity. Do Catholics pray to ...
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The New Covenant in Reformed and Catholic soteriology

After looking at @Affable Geek's answer to an overview question on different understandings of why Jesus had to die, and in particular after his comment on Catholicism in this respect, I went to look ...
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The seriousness of sin changed?

I started to have the feelings that the seriousness of the sins are changing in today's age compared to the past. My question is: Does it also change in the God's eyes? -or- My Question is: Does the ...
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Genesis's Order of Events: Is there Unanimous Consent Among the Fathers?

Is there unanimous consent* among the Fathers of the Church who interpreted Genesis that the order of events as described in Genesis actually occurred in the order Genesis describes them? I know yom ...
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What happens to one's sins if the priest omits the words of the Absolution?

Say a penitent, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, confesses his sins with heartfelt sorrow. Now suppose that priest omits deliberately to use the words of the formula (please see below especially ...
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According to Catholicism, Can God annihilate the soul?

Catechism of the Catholic Church 362 The human person, created in the image of God, is a being at once corporeal and spiritual. The biblical account expresses this reality in symbolic ...
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Body + spirit= Soul (Living body) [on hold]

I had an interesting question presented to me by a rector of a church. He asked me to find anywhere in the bible where Jesus spoke of your spirit going to heaven and then research those specific ...
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The physical death of Jesus vs our spiritual life [closed]

From what I understand it says the punishment for sin is death.. That's the law God set up that he has to follow through with as a just judge. So Adam and Eve sinned, so they became mortal and lost ...
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Do divorced non-Catholics need an annulment to marry in the Catholic Church?

Here's something I've got no idea about. In the case where one party is married in a Baptist Church but divorced and the other party has no encumbrances. Barring quarrelsome arguments I can't answer ...
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What is the biblical basis for the Immaculate Conception?

According to Catholic Doctrine, the Immaculate Conception refers to the teaching that Mary's own conception (not that of Jesus) was without the stain of original sin. What is the biblical basis for ...
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What is the very least a Catholic needs to believe about Genesis 2 and 3?

There have been a couple skepctical questions asked here recently based off of what some people think are either false premises or assumptions or something. But I am still confused as to what the ...
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What is the basis for clerical celibacy?

In the Catholic Church, priests are required to stay celibate. (As far as I know, protestant priests that convert to Catholicism are allowed an exception -- they can become Catholic priests even if ...
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What is “New Creation” according to Catholicism?

2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. I don't know if this subject has importance in ...
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Is the Catholic Magesterium for hard liquor prohibition?

As long as I've been a fairly globally aware Catholic, I'd always projected G.K. Chesterton's We should thank God for Beer and Burgundy by not drinking too much of them as a universal maxim ...
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Why can the Catholic Church declare a person a saint but not state that they are damned?

The Catholic Church has a process to canonize someone, to declare that they are a saint, that they are truly in heaven and worthy of public veneration and imitation. ("Mary and the Saints", ...
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Is impotence developed AFTER the marriage (and consummation) a ground for annulment in Catholic canon law?

I understand that antecedent impotence is ground for annulment in Catholic canon law. But what if the impotence develops AFTER the marriage? Would that also be a ground for annulment?
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What do Chinese Catholics call their priests?

This Catholic article explains and defends the usage of the word, "Father," in reference to priests. Now, in the Chinese language, people have a tendency to use the same familial words for society at ...
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Does the Catholic church believe that God really forgives by confession alone?

My question is does the Catholic Church hold that God forgives every crime by confession alone? If so I could commit crimes from Monday to Saturday and then go and confess to a priest on Sunday - ...
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Imposition of Ashes - where is it (and where it isn't) commonly practiced?

Since I have learnt of this practice, I thought that placing ashes on Ash Wednesday is practiced worldwide, at least within Roman Catholic Church. But now I have been on a Mass (from first Lent ...
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What is the Catholic understanding of 'age' in Scripture and in its Tradition?

New Testament scriptural passages with 'age': Matthew 12:31-33 (RSVCE) 31 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be ...
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How do Catholics reconcile these verses about giving publicly and yet privately?

I understand that the Bible encourages charity, however my question is in regards to how it proposes we ought to go about performing charity according to Catholic Christians. "Do not repay anyone ...
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How do Catholics reconcile a metaphorical Adam and Eve with Original Sin [duplicate]

It is known that many Catholics believe that Adam and Eve is a story better left to the metaphorical imagination, rather than literal interpretation (though other denominations may feel differently). ...
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How old were Joseph & Mary when they marrried?

A nun in my Catholic school taught us that Mary was 14 and Joseph was 17 and that this was not atypical for the day. Also that in Joseph's case his Marriage to Mary was his second. Would there be any ...
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Anglican Minor Orders?

Do Anglicans have the minor orders of subdeacon, acolyte, exorcist, lector, and door-keeper (porter), like in the Catholic Church (cf. Council of Trent ses. 23 ch. 2), and the major order of deacon? ...
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How does the Catholic Church reconcile evolution with original sin?

According to Catholic doctrine: all men inherit ancestral sin from Adam; God descended upon Earth as the Son in order to free mankind from this sin, was crucified, died etc. From the Catechism of ...
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What is the Scriptural basis for Catholics praying to Mary and the various saints?

While researching for this answer, I came across this quesion. It its answer it stated: Roman Catholics are taught to pray to Mary and various saints. Such prayers are not scriptural and are, in ...
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Why did the Catholic Church change so radically after Vatican II in regards to the status of Jews?

It's said that the full deposit of the faith was revealed by Jesus. For example, before Vatican II the Church was overtly anti-Jewish. St. Thomas Aquinas writes in the Summa Theologica that "it would ...
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How do we know the Saints, the Righteous and the Holy Ones are alive and in heaven? [duplicate]

Why should Catholics ask the Saints and Mother Mary to take our prayers to God for us? How does the Catholic church know they can canonize "Saints"? How do we know the angels and saints will intercede ...
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Are there any Catholic sects which disagree with the sinlessness of Mary?

As a protestant, the concept of the sinless state of Mary is one of the hardest aspects of Catholicism to swallow. The historical account of the adoption of this doctrine doesn't lend any credibility ...
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Which is the 'correct' bible for Catholics?

There are many versions of the bible, such as the: King James Bible NIV NRSV But which is the 'correct' bible that a catholic should read? I hope I have asked this question in the correct spot... ...
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First Confession for a Protestant becoming Catholic

So my wife is Catholic and my daughter has been baptized in the Catholic faith and my new born son is soon to be baptized as well. I was baptized myself but I've fallen away from my Baptist roots for ...
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According to Catholic doctrine, is every woman that has an abortion automatically going to hell?

This is something I've just heard but never verified. Does the Catholic church teach that every woman who has an abortion automatically earns hell no matter what? If so, then why? And how are other ...
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How does the Catholic church explain Matthew 19:9 which seems to allow divorce in case of sexual misconduct

Matthew 19:9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery. On a simple examination, it seems to imply that sexual ...
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What are the differences between Catholics and the Jehovah's Witnesses

What the are differences and similarities between Jehovah's Witnesses and Catholics? To what extent is the official bible accepted by the Catholic church different from the official JW translation? ...
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What makes a confession sacramental?

In the Catholic tradition, confession to a priest is treated with special protection as a sacred rite. The priest is charged with maintaining the confidential nature of the confession, something they ...
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What significance, if any, does the doctrine of the eternal virginity of Mary have?

I understand that the Catholic Church (and perhaps the Orthodox church as well) teaches that Mary is "the eternal virgin" Mary. If this were an important doctrine, it seems there would be fairly ...
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Are (or were) sacraments necessary for salvation in the Catholic religion?

According to the Wikipedia page, Though not every individual has to receive every sacrament, the Church affirms that, for believers as a whole, the sacraments are necessary for salvation, as the ...
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Hierarchy of Catholicism, government, and papal teaching

The bible teaches that we should submit to our governments in: Romans 13:1-2 (KJV) Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ...
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Is the Genesis creation account consistent with the Big Bang theory according to Catholic theology?

I'm doing some research and am trying to determine whether the creation story of Genesis, chapter 1 (7 days-let there be light) is consistent with the Big Bang Theory. I am finding sources that ...
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What is the Authoritative Catholic explanation of why the Magi get a pass, yet Catholics are to reject astrology?

What is the authoritative Catholic explanation of why the Magi get a pass, yet Catholics are required to reject astrology? Catechism of the Catholic Church | Divination and magic, 2116 has: All ...
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Should the Catholic rosary be recited in Latin or the vernacular language?

Should the Catholic prayer be recited in Latin or the vernacular language? During recitation, should the Catholic recite by chanting the verses or by singing with a catchy melody? Is it a sin to use ...
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For Catholics who object to Vatican II, what are the key issues?

From time to time I see references to Roman Catholics who object to (part? all?) of Vatican II. Most commonly I see ads in my local newspaper for traditional Latin masses, but I understand the ...
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What would the Catholic Church's hierarchy look like without the Vatican?

What does the Roman Catholic Church teach would happen if something catastrophic (God forbid!) Destroyed the entire city of Rome, as well as the Vatican city-state? As an example - what would happen ...
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What is Roman Catholic Church's official view on the nature of Christ?

One question that has haunted the Catholic Church from the very beginning is about the way divine and human are related in the person of Jesus Christ. The differences in doctrines have lead to the ...
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Are Angels more accessible than Jesus?

Why would one choose to pray to an Angel or a Guardian Angel over Jesus at times? Some people notice that their prayers are answered on some occasions more readily from an Angel or Guardian Angel. ...
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What are the main differences between Anglicanism and Catholicism?

The Anglican Church came for the Roman Catholic Church about when the Reformation was starting, so they are several hundred years old. Today, how is the Anglican Church different from the Catholic ...