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

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Are Catholic Bishops the successors of the Apostles alone or the Elders too?

In researching my answer for this question I started to think about the doctrine that the Bishops are the successors of the Apostles as being a bit unfair to the other folks. For instance, if St. ...
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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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Which order/choir of angels did Satan belong to before he fell?

In the Summa Theologica Thomas Aquinas answers that Satan could have belonged to either the lower grade of angels or to the higher angels before he fell. According to Catholic texts, which of the ...
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What is the evidence that the bones found under St. Peter's Basilica are actually St. Peter's bones?

There were some bone fragments found under St. Peter's Basilica in the 1940's. Pope Paul VI said in 1968 that the bones were "identified in a way that we can consider convincing." What is the ...
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Natural law, accident

When it comes to natural law (in Catholicism perspective), I understand that there is wrong to kill, also when it's suicide, but is it wrong with self defense? And what if there is an accident? Like ...
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What are legitimate reasons for a Catholic priest to take a sabbatical?

Some of the priests I know were recently given a sabbatical year (in both cases it wasn't for the sake of study - the priests ended their parish assignments lasting for many years and had time to ...
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Why do Catholics observe Eucharist every Sunday?

Many Protestant churches observe the Lord's Supper once a month and some do it very rarely. If I'm not mistaken, the Catholics celebrate Eucharist every Sunday. Why is Eucharist observed in Catholic ...
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Why aren't I considered illegitimate?

So, my dad is a baptized Catholic, but was raised Presbyterian. When he was in his twenties he married a woman in the Catholic Church who left him within a year (and got married to his best man... sad ...
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Has the matter of salvation - whether it is by works or by faith alone - ever been considered on any councils of the Catholic and Orthodox churches?

Prior to Luther's Reformation, has the matter of salvation - whether it is by works or by faith alone - ever been considered on any councils of the Catholic and Orthodox churches?
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According to Catholic theology, why does God have an only Son?

Catholics, and to my understanding other Trinitarian Christians, believe and teach what is borne by scripture [cf. Eph 4:4-5] i.e. there One God the Father, One God the Son, and one God the Holy ...
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Why do Catholics make the sign of the cross at the Eucharist?

I know that no where in the Catholic Rite of Communion does it state that the communicant must make the sign of the cross after reception of the Eucharist in either species. So why is it that so many ...
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What is the Catholic understanding of “the thousand-year reign of Christ and his people”?

What is the Catholic understanding of the thousand-year reign of Christ and his people? What is the Catholic biblical interpretation and what have the Church Fathers said on the matter?
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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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Why is Mary Magdalene the patron saint of hairdressers?

Why is Mary Magdalene the patron saint of hairdressers and when was the first time she was assigned this role? From Wikipedia: Patronage Apothecaries; Kawit, Cavite; Atrani, Italy; ...
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What is the Catholic understanding of 'reign with him' in 2 Tim 2:12?

2 Timothy 2:11-13 (RSVCE) has: The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we shall also live with him; if we endure, we shall also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will ...
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What is the purpose of attending the mass and going to Confession?

(My curiosity is going to cost me my reputation again. Anyway, here it goes...) In Catholicism, how important is attending the mass, going to Confession and other liturgical rituals? Do these ...
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Pre-Vatican II Latin Prayer

I'm new here, I was just wondering of someone knows what books were used for English catechesis prior to the 1960's in English speaking countries. I'd like to teach my CCD kids a few prayers in Latin ...
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In “The Ball and the Cross” where did McIan go wrong?

In the G.K. Chesterton's The Ball and the Cross there's a point where it's obvious that Chesterton doesn't think Evan McIan's initial philosophy, if taken to its fullness, would bring about peace on ...
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When did the practice of Confession in the Catholic Church begin?

Confession, specifically the practice of confessing one's sins to a priest, is a quite common practice in the Catholic Church. When and how did this sacrament first originate and become codified as ...
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Italian Version of St. Maxilmian Kolbe writings

I am looking for a digital version of the Italian translations of St. Maxilmilian Kolbe's writings....Where can I find them in digital form? does that even exist? if not where then can I find hard ...
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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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How do the Catholic and Protestant understandings of “Regula Fidei” differ?

In the Hermeneutics course I am taking, a definition of "Regula Fidei" was posed that seemed different from the way my Catholic acquaintances use the term. How is the term Rule of Faith used ...
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Where are the majority of Roman Catholic converts from today?

The Roman Catholic Church is a massive organization, with members in nearly every country numbering over 1 Billion individuals. With such massive numbers and such extensive influence in the world, it ...
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On what grounds does the Catholic church reject sacraments of protestant denominations?

While there is a wide range of opinion among adult-baptism protestants as to whether a Catholic (or other infant) baptism is or can be considered valid, there seems to be (at least in my experience) a ...
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Difference between Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox

What is the difference between Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox in Christian religion? Kindly explain. Thanks in advance :)
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Approximate amount of money per year the Catholic church spends for charity?

I'm curious of how much money the Catholic Church spends globally for charity per year. I could not find the information I wanted by a simple Google search, and even on Wikipedia, I could only find ...
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What do red garments represent for leaders in the Catholic church?

Why do leaders in the Roman Catholic Church wear red garments? I understand that the color red can mean a variety of things (Holy Spirit, Pentecost, presence of God, blood of martyrs, etc.), but what ...
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What is the official Roman Catholic Bible? [duplicate]

If I want to buy a copy of the Bible, which version does one buy that would be the official Roman Catholic version? It seems the Kings James version is the most popular, is that the one? Will this ...
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Is there a particular order in lighting candles on an advent wreath?

Is there a particular order in lighting the candles on an Advent Wreath? If there is, why? Which candle is lit first, and what order follows to the last candle? Where is the pink candle located ...
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What is considered chaste behaviour from a Catholic perspective?

The Catholic church teaches that sexual love between a man and a woman is to be reserved to within marriage. My question is in the opinion of the Catholic church what is defined as pre-marital1 ...
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Modern musical instruments in Catholic church service

These days we can see many churches using latest musical instruments to worship God in the church, example - Assembly of God. Once I attended a Catholic church. Some sisters were sitting at the ...
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Why do some Catholics file up for commmunion?

My wife was telling me about how in Spain, it's common practice to just go up to receive communion pretty much at random whereas in my experience I've always filed up (even when I was in Germany for ...
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Anne and Joachim are the parents of Mary - is this a Catholic dogma?

Apparently the Catholic Church has recognized Joachim and Anne as saints, and it is said that they are the father and mother of the virgin Mary. Is the belief that Joachim and Anne are the parents of ...
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The Virgin Mary, “the perfect non-divine human being”

In a response in another thread, one individual mentioned that the virgin Mary was “the perfect non-divine human being.” Is this an accepted Catholic belief? If it is, what need was there for the ...
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Is the catechism of the Catholic Church seen as official doctrine for Catholics?

Or is it seen as something that can be challenged or even, in parts, refused?
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What are the positions relative to each other in the Catholic church's clerical hierarchy?

I sometimes find myself lost in my own church's different levels of clergy and the Catholic church's seems even more complex? What different positions in the clergy exist within the Roman Catholic ...
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What is “Traditionalist Catholicism”

Pure curiosity, I see that Mel Gibson is an adherent of Traditionalist Catholicism. Is this a part of "normal" Roman Catholicism, or some distinct branch? What are the differentiators here?
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In the Catholic Church, what makes something illicit vs. invalid?

From this question, Why can't the laity preach a homily, and can a lay person ever preach?, in the Catholic Church, what determines the licitness vs. the validity of something. Please give examples.
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How is Jesus God's final word? (Catholic Perspective)

The Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church says plainly (emphasis added): In Jesus Christ, God himself came to earth. He is God's last Word. Indeed, Hebrews 1:1-2 says, God, having spoken ...
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How are penances decided?

In the Catholic tradition, are penances after confession predefined? For example would lying equate to a standard set of penances that are applied universally by all priests, or are penances set at ...
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Is it wrong to say Jesus is the God of the Old Testament?

Is it wrong to say that Jesus is the God of the Old Testament? Jesus is God, the Father is God, and the Holy spirit is God. With this is mind, is it wrong to say Jesus is the God of the Old ...
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How is the Catholic interpretation of the Woman of the Apocalypse as being Mary reconciled with the dogma of perpetual virginity?

In the Book of Revelation, 11:19—12:1-18, where the Woman of the Apocalypse is introduced, the passage describes "she wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth." Catholic tradition identifies ...
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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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Is it true that Luther claimed Popes and priests commonly practiced sodomy?

This is a simple historical Q & A question regarding the rumor that Luther made this fairly inflammatory accusation.  The question is simple. Is there any solid proof that Luther really thought ...
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Do Catholics reject the sola of the Reformation

The Reformation brought five solas that gives bonderies on how the Protestant view the biblical teaching. Here is the five solas: 1. Sola Gratia (By grace alone) 2. Soli Deo Gloria ...
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When is earliest mention of the Church tradition that Jesus was born in a cave?

The birth of Jesus as recounted by Luke says that: 7 And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them ...
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What is the Catholic explanation of the particular temptations of Jesus in the wilderness?

Please refer to Luke 4:1-13: Jesus fasts and is tempted in the wilderness If Son, stone to bread > Kingdoms for you, if you pay me [Satan] homage > If Son, throw yourself, God will protect you.1 ...
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Does the RCC allow confirmation names that aren't based on saints?

I was wondering if it is mandatory for it to be named after a saint or optional?
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Latin Lyrics for Gregorian Chants

Does the Catholic Church have a particular book that contains the Latin lyrics for Gregorian chants? I suppose most of these chants are sung as part of a liturgy. One such chant is named Communio: ...
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Burying a fish as a Christmas tradition?

To me this almost sounds like a joke, and I want to know if this is really a tradition... I was at a dinner tonight with some vendors, one of whom was from New England. He was telling the group ...