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“Blessed Virgin” - not Saint?

Probably the most common Catholic title for Mary, mother of Jesus, is "The Blessed Virgin" or "The Blessed Virgin Mary". But "Blessed", in Catholic hagiology, is typically used to denote people who ...
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A word to describe someone who is not a Protestant

I've been wondering for a while if there is a word (or concise phrase) that can be used to mean someone who is not Protestant. Something that specifically groups Catholics, and Eastern Rite followers ...
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What distinguishes Christian meditation from non-Christian meditation? [on hold]

There are many different kinds of meditation or prayer, Christian and non-Christian. However, I am confused regarding actual difference because these varieties, both Christian and non-Christian, seem ...
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Does a list exist showing Papal succession from Peter through our current Pope?

If I'm not mistaken, the claim of the Catholic Church is that Papal Succession is unbroken all the way back to Peter. Is there a list of popes and the history from Peter to the present day? If so, ...
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How does the Catholic Magisterium advise the married laity to defend the institution of marriage?

Does the Catholic Church have any practical advice for its adherents on ways to exemplify the ideal she sets of marriage between one man and one woman? Barring any specific discussion of same-sex ...
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Could a lowborn during the middle ages read the bible?

I'm starting to read about the christian faith with more effort and this question popped up in my head. I've read that the bible at that time were really expensive because it was handmade but, could a ...
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What does catholicism say about inheritance?

Are there rules regarding inheritance of property in Catholicism? For example, can a non-Catholic inherit property from a Catholic according to the Catholic faith?
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What is a Catholic's response to advice contained in Laudatio Si?

Pope Francis' Laudatio Si is a treasure trove of practical advice for living simply or at least moderately. He seems to want people do use less air conditioning and facebook. I've already used "The ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the Catholic teaching that infant baptism cleanses from original sin?

The Catholic Church, possibly the Orthodox Churches, and even some Protestant churches practice Infant Baptism. However, I understand that Catholicism teaches that infant baptism cleanses the infant ...
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What is consumerism and what does the Pope see wrong with it?

In the most recent encyclical Laudato si', Pope Francis condemns consumerism. What does he mean by the word consumerism? And what does he see wrong with it? To blame population growth instead of ...
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Does God lie? And does devil tell the truth?

The bible quotes God saying And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, ...
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Why does Catholicism have priests but Protestantism does not?

The Catholic Church (and apparently Anglican or Episcopalian churches) have clergy with the title of "priest", as did Old Testament Judaism. Are Protestant "preachers", "reverends", "pastors", ...
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According to the Catholic Church, can having ideations to sin ever be mortally sinful?

In the Catholic Church, is having ideations to sin a mortal sin? In other words, would a faithful Catholic have to repent during Confession for having ideations to sin or having attempted, but failed, ...
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Does the latest encyclical of the Pope have a Latin version?

Looking at the Vatican's website it seems Laudato si' is the first encyclical that has no official Latin version, while the previous one, Lumen Fidei, had. Is this true?
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NFP open to new life

I listened to a Christoper West audio recordings where he explains the theology of the body of JP2 writings. He keeps on saying how important it is to be open to new life within the marital act(sex). ...
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Why do Roman Catholics consider eating fish on Friday a good work?

Please forgive me if there are caveats or circumstances to this idea that I am not aware of.
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Is the Catholic Church actively preparing for the contact with a highly advanced sentient alien species?

According to constitutional and public interest lawyer and educator Daniel Sheehan, the Catholic Church is actively preparing for the discovery of and contact with a highly advanced sentient alien ...
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Does Catholicism have a notion of “the God in me”?

While being interviewed on the NPR radio show "On Being," lobbyist, lawyer, and nun Sister Simone Campbell said of developing compassion for her political opponents (at around 31:30), A few years ...
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What is the biblical basis for the Catholic and Eastern doctrines of the Assumption of Mary?

Catholic doctrine asserts that Mary the Mother of Jesus was not only without sin and ever-virgin, but that she also ascended into Heaven. Some Eastern traditions hold that she even died, then was ...
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How is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrated within the domestic church?

I've heard that in Columbia there is a rich tradition around celebrating the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. It's a very important feast in the Catholic Church, but it's usually not observed ...
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On Method in Catholic Moral Theology

My question is: what is a method (step-by-step recipe) in catholic moral theology? Optatam totius 16 provides the following guidelines for the dogmatic theology: Biblical topics Patristic ...
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Denominations that interpret Matthew 5:32 & 19:9 as NOT permitting divorce in the case of adultery?

Which denominations interpret these verses as not permitting divorce in the case of adultery, for those in a valid marriage? St. Matthew 5:32But I say to you, whosoever shall dismiss his wife, ...
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What is the origin of the Catechism of the Catholic Church?

How old is the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and in what manner was it conceived and instituted?
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Why can't Catholicism just drop its Marian devotion?

Catholicism puts great emphasis on the importance on the Mary, the Mother of God. It honors her and insists upon her perpetual sinlessness and perpetual virginity. And in my observation, it seems as ...
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Where can I find official documents of Buenos Aires' Eucharistic Miracle?

I want to study the Eucharistic Miracle that happened in Buenos Aires, 1996. Does someone know if there are some official documents of the Vatican, or another Catholic Church authority? I just find ...
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What is the difference between an Apostolic Exhortation and an Encyclical Letter?

Pope Francis has just released an Apostolic Exhortation called Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). He also released an Encyclical Letter in the summer called Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith). ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach that some who died before Christ are still in Limbo? Why?

In Dante's Inferno, the Poets (Homer, Ovid, Horace, Lucan, etc) and other figures are portrayed as residing in Limbo. Ostensibly, during the crucifixion of Jesus, he entered Limbo and took with him to ...
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Catholic teachings on the new life in resurrected body

I have a question on life after the resurrection. After the resurrection, will our souls have a room to feel a desire for some things that doesn't necessarily have to do with God (such as desire to ...
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How has the position of the Catholic Church on drugs changed over time?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: 2211 The political community has a duty to honor the family, to assist it, and to ensure especially [...] the protection of security and health, ...
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Is there a concise eschatology in the Catholic Church?

In many Protestant traditions, eschatology has a major bearing on many other aspects of the faith, including soteriology and Christology. Especially in Pentacostal and Charismatic churches, as well as ...
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What is meant by “order” in reference to ministries within the Church, and how did its usage come about?

This FMS' answer to What are the positions relative to each other in the Catholic church's clerical hierarchy? mentioned a twofold hierarchy in the Church, that of order and that of jurisdiction. ...
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How do Protestants view “Catholic” miracles, such as those that attest to a saint?

An important part of Catholicism is the canonization of saints in the present day. One of the criteria for canonization is the confirmation of miracles associated with the would-be saint. In ...
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How has apostolic succession been “unbroken” in the wake of depositions, antipopes, immorality, and simony?

In studying the history of the papacy one discovers all sorts of events that are interesting when considered in the context of apostolic succession from St. Peter until today, including, but not ...
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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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Is/Was Loki a figure in catholic dogma?

While poking around the internets for this question in SciFi&Fantasy, I was reminded of one of my curiosities that had come about from watching the same film. After watching Kevin Smith's Dogma, ...
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Did Jesus need to die, or would mere shedding of blood have been sufficient?

Originally: St. Thomas Aquinas on salvation by a drop of Christ's Blood I heard on Relevant Radio a year or so ago something perplexing, I think it was a priest saying it, but it may have been a ...
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What does being Born Again mean per Catholic teaching?

What does being Born Again mean per Catholic teaching? Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 NKJV)
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Scriptural basis for monarchical episcopate

What scriptural basis has traditionally been put forth by the Catholic and the Orthodox Churches to support the idea of monarchical episcopate (the idea that there must be only one bishop over a city ...
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What must we do if the vast majority of the members of the Catholic Church here on earth profess heresy and are thus excommunicate?

What must faithful Christians do if the vast majority of the members of the Church here on earth, including those comprising the hierarchy or even the Pope, profess heresy (and are thus ...
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What is the difference between original sin and original guilt?

This is a question that every convert to Eastern Orthodoxy always asked. The question can be stated differently: Does the Catholic doctrine of Original Sin include Original Guilt? Fr. John Romanides ...
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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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According to Catholicism, does intelligence or rationality belong to other animals by participation?

In the Summa Theologica, Question 108(5), St Thomas Aquinas writes: Therefore, if anything is to be called by a name designating its property, it ought not to be named from what it participates ...
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Is the Catechism of the Catholic Church considered scripture?

Is the Catechism of the Catholic Church considered scripture? Does it have the same authority as the Bible? If not, what is its place in the church? Is it considered heresy to preach or believe ...
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Nuns wearing wedding bands?

On a recent trip a nice nun took a picture of my family. I noticed that the nun was wearing a wedding band on her left hand. I have a vague recollection of reading somewhere that nuns are considered ...
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What is the Catholic Church's position on the drug DMT?

Does the Roman Catholic Church teaches that using DMT/N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT or N,N-DMT) drug is sinful and in contrary to Christian believes? Or what is the stand of RCC on this drug? I heard ...
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Matthew 18:10 “Children's angels always behold the face of the Father” - what does this mean?

Matthew 18:10 seems to put forth an idea that children have a certain privilege over adults: Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their ...
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From a marriage to a monastery

In the catholic doctrine, is it allowed to leave a marriage and become a monk or nun? Are there any magisterial documents that treat this topic? Edit: Are there any options e.g. for a specific ...
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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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Does the Catholic church allow a previously divorced man to remarry?

Suppose a Catholic guy marries a non-Catholic outside the Catholic church, then years later they divorce. Can that Catholic guy get married again to someone else (a Catholic female) in the Catholic ...