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

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Questions about Lent

There are some things I've been told since I was kid that I'd like to ask about regarding fasting. I'm a Catholic Maronit. Therefore I'd like Chatholic answers. Are we allowed to eat whatever we ...
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What determines when the Flores de Mayo and the Santacruzan festival will occur each year?

As Wikipedia says: Flores de Mayo (Spanish for "Flowers of May") is a Catholic and Aglipayan festival held in the Philippines in the month of May...The Santacruzan is the pageant on the last ...
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What is the reason to genuflect when the Incarnation is mentioned?

At Mass during the recitation of the Nicene Creed and when praying the Angelus, it is common (or required?) for the congregation to bow or genuflect (bend one knee) during these lines: For us men ...
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What is the Catholic teaching on technology and faith?

We were asked this question in class today and I find it fascinating: Should our actions as scientists or engineers in the creation of our story be guided by our faith? I would like to hear what the ...
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What is the history of Irish Catholic resentment toward Protestantism?

In the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Angela's Ashes, the author depicts several instances of Irish Catholic animosity toward Protestants, especially those from America. What is the background of this ...
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How can an angel be a saint?

In Catholic doctrine, a saint has to (a) be “a dead person” and (b) be “in Heaven”. How is someone deemed a saint? The pope canonizes a dead person who has lived a life of heroic virtue and has ...
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Miracle of the loaves and fishes, multiplication or sharing?

Did Pope Francis say these words about the miracle of the loaves and fishes or not: "This is the miracle: rather than a multiplication it is a sharing, inspired by faith and prayer"? Can we ...
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What's our afterlife really like?

I've heard and read that when we die, and we go to heaven, we won't have bodies. We'll be spirits only, but so happy that we won't need bodies or objects. In School we were taught that when we go to ...
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How does a Catholic church support itself without Tithe?

Usually, in Protestant churches, the church's income is mostly from tithes and then offerings, and secondarily from any outside sponsors the church may have. I am less informed how the Catholic church ...
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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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Is there a doctrinally supported name for a designated “home prayer space” in the RCC?

Some Catholics set up "prayer stations" in their homes, placing crucifixes, candles, and sometimes a few small saint statues for their particular devotions. In doing so, they create a special place ...
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Catholic Marriage to an Infertile spouse

As I understand it, the Catholic Church teaches that there are 3 purposes to a marriage: (According to http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=5822) Procreation and education ...
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What is the meaning in the Bible for the “Branch”?

In the Bible in Zechariah 3:8-10, 6:12-13, Isaiah 4:2-3 mention the Branch. What are they talking about?
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Does Catholic doctrine teach that the Incarnation would have taken place regardless of Adam's decision?

In Catholic doctrine, both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition teach that Jesus Christ died specifically for the expiation of our sins. Historical Christianity professes that God became a man by way ...
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Where does the Catholic church stand on governments supporting foreign groups or other governments that abuse human rights?

Where does the Catholic church stand on governments supporting foreign groups or other governments that abuse human rights? In a Christians perspective; should their/a government support foreign ...
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What does this Catholic symbol mean?

I have this symbol over the entrance of my apartment. I have been told it is a Catholic symbol, and the owner of the flat is probably Catholic since it is the dominant faith here. Searching on Google ...
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In any of James's passages, does he agree to the law being cursed and abrogated?

From what I understand early on there was a sort of disagreement between James (who is said to be the brother of Jesus and the leader of the movement early on) and Paul, the latter saying that the law ...
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The Burden of Proof [duplicate]

In Science class, we were taught that a Scientific theory, even one without "evidence" to back it up, is true until it can be disproven. That being said, and assuming that's actually true, Why is the ...
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Who is the author referred to in the Pope's 4 April 2014 homily?

I'll keep my question short. Does anyone know to whom Pope Francis was referring in today's homily, when he discussed an author whose books were initially banned by the Church, but now this person is ...
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Why is blasphemy against Mary, mother of God, bad?

Source: Blaspheming Mary no longer crime. (1996). National Catholic Reporter, 33(5), 7. I searched for "blasphemy" and "Mary" on EbscoHost and found an article from 1996 that stated that the ...
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Why do Catholics bow for icons of the Virgin Mary?

It doesn't surprise me when orthodox Christians bow for icons of the Virgin Mary, since they believe that she is present in the icon. But why do (some) Catholics also bow for icons of Mary? There are ...
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Marks of the true church in Protestantism or Catholicism?

Although this very related question about the marks of the true church in Reformed Theology has already been asked, my question is whether other Protestant traditions or Catholicism have an equivalent ...
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Does Catholic doctrine teach that atheists go to heaven, too?

From http://gawker.com/pope-says-atheists-can-be-as-good-as-catholics-509487907 Referencing a passage from the Gospel of Mark in his homily, the Pope recounted the story of a priest who told an ...
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When does the Pope speak ex cathedra?

The Catholic Church considers the Pope infallible, but only in limited circumstances. The Pope is a human being like the rest of us, and capable of sinning. However, when the Pope speaks ex cathedra, ...
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What is the Catholic view of Matthew 18:20 in this technology age?

Matthew 18:20 (NET): For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. There is so much technology now. Does the Catholic Church have a view on whether or not it has to be a ...
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What is the basis for First Communion?

I understand that Catholics practice First Communion for kids. What is the basis for this practice in the Catholic church? What is the proper age?
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Crisis of faith [closed]

I have been a practicing Roman Catholic since I was a child. I am now 42 and I have two children--both of whom are receiving their sacraments. We are more recently infrequent church-goers. I am a ...
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Are names of godparents written on Baptism Certificate?

My friend agreed to be a godfather for my baby. But he cannot be present at ceremony for some visa/travel reasons. Will his name get written on the Baptism Certificate? I want to present/show him some ...
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What is the Roman Catholic view on Matthew 23:9?

In Matthew 23:9, Jesus says: Matthew 23:9 (NIV) And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. What is the Roman Catholic view on this? In the Roman ...
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Why did it take so long for papal infallibility to be defined?

I have a question about papal infallibility. According to this source, That the Church is infallible in her definitions on faith and morals is itself a Catholic dogma, which, although it was ...
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What is the Biblical basis the for Immutable Nature of God?

Dei Filius sayeth this: God cannot deny himself, nor can truth ever be in opposition to truth. The appearance of this kind of specious contradiction is chiefly due to the fact that either the ...
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Can anyone explain Pope Paul VI's arguments in favor of Padre Pio?

Saint Pio (Pius) of Pietrelcina, O.F.M. Cap. (May 25, 1887 – September 23, 1968) was a Capuchin Catholic priest from Italy who is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church. It is claimed that ...
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When does the bread and wine become Body and Blood?

Exactly when during the Mass does transubstantiation occur? I am aware that it occurs during the Eucharistic Prayer, but at exactly what moment? Would this change if a priest were to consecrate ...
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Understanding the idea that Jesus descended into Hell

The Christian understanding that everyone was born with origin sin, and then when Jesus/God was killed at the cross, and then he was resurrected from death after 3 days. From what I understand, there ...
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The differences between Roman Catholic and Irish Catholic

I've heard the terms Roman Catholic and Irish Catholic since i was little, but i never understood what, if any, where the differences between the two. Why the differentiation of the two? What makes ...
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What's a reiki infused rosary?

Kind of weird and new agey, but I was looking on etsy.com for handmade rosaries and there are all kinds of ones that are apparently used for new age spiritual purposes. They look just like regular ...
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What is the importance of reading Bible personally in Catholicism?

What is the importance of reading Bible in Catholicism? Can a Catholic anticipate going to heaven by only attending the masses and going to Confession, but never read the Bible at home? Does reading ...
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What is the difference between icons and idols in churches that permit icons?

There are a number of Protestants that say the use of the images and statues in the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church is idolatry. I know that these churches call certain images "icons", but I ...
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Does the Roman Catholic church consider HIPAA to be an unjust law?

HIPAA, the United States Health Care Privacy Law has been in effect for nearly two decades. It's the law that makes people all nervous about talking about other people's well being with their doctors ...
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Why is the Roman Catholic infant baptism called “christening”?

In popular culture, particularly in stories and fairy tales, infants are christened. The story of Sleeping Beauty begins with the christening of the princess, and at her christening ceremony, there ...
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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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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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What are the reported effects of a pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostela?

In Catholic traditions, pilgrimages are sometimes undertaken with a view that specific effects may adhere to the pilgrim. For St. James of Compostela, are there specific traditions about what a ...
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According to the Catholic Church is the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act an unjust law?

After going off on HIPAA one of the kids brought up Barack Obama and said that, "he's going to make Catholic Hospitals perform abortions." I said that wasn't exactly true, for now, at least, but he ...
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Why did Pope Francis say, “When we encounter the Cross, do we turn to Mary,” rather than to Christ?

When we encounter the Cross, we turn to Mary: Give us the strength, Mary our Mother, to accept and embrace the Cross! —His Holiness Pope Francis Source Since I'm not a theologist, can ...
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How did the second Vatican council (aka Vatican II) address the concept of limbo?

I've heard that the second Vatican council eliminated the concept of limbo. Or maybe that it never existed to begin with. Was limbo part of "official" Catholicism before Vatican II? What changes were ...
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Trying to understand Original Sin in light of OT

From what I understand so far, is that Adam's sin of eating from the tree is past down and everyone born has this sin on their record. This Sin is only washed away if one is Baptized, so if a child ...
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What does 'come upon thee' and 'overshadow thee' mean?

When reading the verse regarding the miraculous birth of Jesus, there are certain terms used which I find very confusing. How do you understand the terms: And the angel answered and said unto her, ...
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When/why did the [N]RSV become a “Catholic” Bible instead of a “Protestant” Bible?

The Methodist church my aunt grew up in back in the 50s and 60s relied almost exlcusively on the RSV, and she continued to use it until her death a few years ago as her preferred translation. ...
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According to Catholic teaching; how long do we go to Hell for?

When people are sent to Hell, is it really for eternity, or does the amount of time spent in Hell depend on the Sins/Crimes committed on Earth? I find it difficult to accept/believe that people who ...