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

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According to Catholic Tradition - Was Jesus' experience on Earth scripted? Or did human actors shape it?

God does not play dice with the universe. - Albert Einstein The Bible gives us reason to believe that God (presumably, God the Father) chose the time of Jesus' arrival on Earth. My Question: ...
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Praying for Jesus? [closed]

I'm trying to understand the meaning of prayers, But not just to see it as a communication with God, but more as a unity with Him. That's why I would like to ask if Jesus' mother Mary, or His ...
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Papal Infallibility and teaching heresy?

I had a question that I hoped the Catholics on the board could help me out with. My understanding of the doctrine of Papal Infallibility is that speaking in his official capacity as the "Vicar of ...
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Did the Jews use icons and images to help them worship as Catholics or Orthodox worshipper do?

I understand that some worshippers use icons to 'lift up their minds from earthly things to the heavenly things'? I am not interested about those using them as stage-props for a play (in comparison), ...
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In the Catholic Traditional Mass, what is Low Mass? What other Masses are there?

In a comment to the answer about incense, Low Mass was mentioned. With Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's Summorum Pontificum, there is the return of the use of the Roman Liturgy prior to the reform of ...
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How does the Catholic Church reconcile the holy Catholic Church with (the) Pope(s) asking for forgiveness?

In the Creed, the profession of Christian Faith, an article of Faith is I believe in [...], the holy catholic Church/We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. How does the Catholic Church ...
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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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During the Mass, may the Priest skip the Act of Penitence and the Kyrie Eleison?

cf. General Instruction of the Roman Missal, A. The Introductory Rites. At a certain church during a weekday Mass, the priest goes from the Sign of the Cross to the Collect, skipping 51. The Act of ...
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Mary Queen of Universe?

There is a Catholic church near where I lived called "Mary Queen of the Universe" (Link). It seems from their website it's a shrine for Mary. The name of this does not make much sense to me if it is ...
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What does the title Holy Father mean?

Of the list of the titles of the Pope, what does the title Holy Father mean? Please see Other titles. Do we also know when it was first used?
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Do Protestants believe that the Holy Spirit stopped leading the church? [closed]

What do Protestants believe in the matter of the Holy Spirit leading the church? Especially the Catholic church. The first mention of the catholic church was about the 1st. century. Did the Holy ...
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Does the Catholic Church still stand behind Isaiah 14:21?

The canon of the entire Bible was essentially settled around the turn of the fourth century. By logical extension, the Catholic Church thereby affirmed that the book of Isaiah represented the Word of ...
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Explain to those knowing only of the Ordinary Form of Mass, what incense is and why it is used during the Liturgy at Mass?

In the Mass of Paul VI (OF = Ordinary Form) it is extremely rare throughout a liturgical year for incense to be used as compared to what is now the EF = Extraordinary Form of the Mass. Explain to say ...
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Is the Catholic Church NOT against all birth control?

Card. Kasper made the following comments in an interview with WNYC Radio’s Brian Lehrer as transcribed in this article ‘The Church is not against birth control at all’: Cardinal Walter Kasper: ...
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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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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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Why can't the laity preach a homily, and can a lay person ever preach?

From this, Rochester diocese ends illicit practice of allowing lay people to preach homilies, perhaps because this was going on for such a long time, a person would ask what is the authoritative ...
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How are first-grade relics prepared?

Is there a formal practice to the preparation of first-grade relics? How are the remains of a saint divided? Is there a method of preservation involved? Is there now an authority in charge of ...
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Can a Catholic priest conduct a Catholic baptism upon the request of non-Catholic parents, assuming that they will raise the child Catholic?

Can non-Catholic parents ask the priest to baptize the child (infant) in the Catholic church and promise that they will give the child a Catholic upbringing? I mean, it could be a learning experience ...
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How does the Catholic church view Freemasons?

What are the historic and current views of the Catholic Church concerning Masons?
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Is Freemasonry now open to Catholics? [duplicate]

In the 1983 revised Code of Canon Law, there is not mention of Freemasonry. It is not explicit in Can. 1374 whether Freemasonry is one of the associations prohibited to Catholics. Can. 1374 A ...
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On the validity of the anticipated absolution in absence of the related confession

According to Catholic Church, what are the cases in which the absolution can be anticipated and the confession left for a time in which it will be possible to make it? Also, in cases of anticipated ...
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How comparable are the concepts of the Teaching Magisterium in the Catholic Church and the Jehovah's Witnesses view of their Watch Tower society?

Just how comparable is this particular aspect of each group's ecclesiology? If from an academic viewpoint there are marked similarities, is there an identifiable Jehovah's witness perspective on the ...
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How could Matthew change the same story found in Mark [duplicate]

The same story is found in both Mathew and Mark, yet Mathew, who is said to have written the Gospel after Mark's, but used Mark's skeleton structure and quotes him many many times, changes the story. ...
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What happened to the wives of priests when celibacy was first instituted in the Catholic church?

Since priests were not originally expected to be celibate, many must have been married when celibacy was first introduced. So what happened to the wives during this time when the institution started? ...
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What's the reasoning behind sacramental architecture?

What is the basis for catholic sacred architecture, or sacramental architecture as I've heard it said and what are it's main components? Is this a doctrine rooted in scripture somewhere? When was ...
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What's the origin of the Catholic object that is a staff with a cross on top?

Like I asked in the title, what's the name and origin of a staff with a cross on top? Like the one depicted in the picture.
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Is it appropriate to leave a Catholic rosary in place on a cemetary headstone?

Is it appropriate to put a rosary on a relatives headstone and leave it there even if it starts to discolor and rust the headstone? Would it be a desecration of the grave if someone removed it ...
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In Mark 10:17-31, what did the rich man lack?

I tried searching for this on Christianity.SE, but couldn't find anything. Google searches brought up a lot of opinions based on different theologies and opinions. I'm looking for an answer to this ...
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What Is The Roman Catholic Church's View on Mohnism

What does the Roman Catholic church have to say about monism (the idea that there is no difference between God and his creation)? Meaning creation in some sense is literally God (with or without a ...
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Is the stigmata biblically sound?

The stigmata is sores or wounds in the places that Jesus suffered wounds during the crucifixion. That's about as much as I know. My questions: What's the purpose of the stigmata? Is the stigmata ...
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Why do priests wear a white collar?

Is there a scriptural and/or historical reason why priests wear those white collars? When did that start and why?
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What does Catholicism teach about 'The Massacre of the Innocents'?

Matthew 2:16 says: When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and ...
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Given a Catholic understanding of Hell and individual judgment, do Catholics believe that all Protestants will go to Hell?

I'm interested in a Catholic answer only; I want to know what the Catholic church teaches about this matter. I know that the Catholic Church says that only God is the judge, and that we are the ones ...
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Has the Church stated any advantages or reasoning or prompting to re-formulating positively the Catholic Church's salvation doctrine?

The Church in Catechism of the Catholic Church: "Outside the Church there is no salvation", 846, has re-formulated positively "Outside the Church there is no salvation", often repeated by the Church ...
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Once a Catholic always a Catholic?

According to the Roman Catholic church, what is the status of someone who was baptised as a baby and left the church as a teen? Does it matter if he had Confirmation? Does it matter if he claims no ...
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What are the stipulations for a mixed marriage to be valid in the Catholic Church?

If a devout Catholic woman wants to marry a Baptist man, what what must be made to make the marriage valid to the Catholic Church if they have both gone though the Catholic wedding preparation but ...
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What does it mean to shed blood in the name of Christ?

Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, 1441, ex cathedra: “The… Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that all those who are outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans but also Jews or ...
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Is the entire Bible read at mass?

I'm not a Catholic, but I have attended Catholic Mass and I've been acquainted with the practice of regular mass- that a certain week of the year has the same readings each year. Is the entirety of ...
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Is civil divorce OK for Catholics, are there mitigating circumstances?

This is not a pastoral advice question, I'm happily married. I just really don't know the answer to this question to help a friend, so I guess it's pastoral pastoral advice, but I definitely don't ...
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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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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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Why do high-church people call their personalized Bible study exercises “devotionals”?

Why do high-church people call their personalized Bible study exercises "devotionals", as in the Catholic and high-church Anglican traditions?
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What does the Catholic church say about the book of Ezekiel, chapter 23

The book of Ezekiel, chapter 23 contains adult expressions, many people feel uncomfortable reading. You don't usually read such words in a holy book. What does the Catholic church say about it? ...
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Do Catholic priests have to report child abuse confessed in secret?

Is there any canon, regulation, norm or diocesan norm which requires priests to report confessions of child abuse? Are priests obliged to follow laws to this effect? I'm not asking in regard to ...
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What is the justification of disallowing women to become Roman Catholic priests? [duplicate]

We all know Jesus had chosen his apostles who are all men. But is there any passage in the bible that says Women cannot become priests?
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How do Catholics explain Jesus' words to the thief on the cross, in light of the doctrine of Purgatory?

In Luke 23, there is a brief conversation between Jesus and one of the thieves crucified beside him: 42Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43Jesus answered ...
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Can we tell when the Roman pontiff is speaking “EX CATHEDRA”? [duplicate]

A related question and answer here. Following the comment: That may seem clear to some, however the idea and language of infallibility has evolved over hundreds of year and has many nuances. ...
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Were Adam and Eve meant to live forever; had they not disobeyed God? [closed]

In the book of Genesis we are led to believe that as God created man he was immortal. Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that ...
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What is the endgame for sedevacantists?

"Sedevacantism" is the belief that the See of Rome is currently vacant; that is, there is no current Pope. There are not very many people who believe it, but they do seem to be pretty vocal on the ...