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Can indirection bring us closer to Christ?

Peter's excellent blog posting pointed to a movement I'd never heard of before: Militia of the Immaculata (MI). In the process of figuring out what it might be, I read this important qualification: ...
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Should one avoid fasting during Easter?

Tomorrow is the first Friday in Easter and in the Catholic Church Fridays are days of penance. If a person usually does something small, like not continuously munch on things while at his desk, in ...
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Why can't the Pope have children? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the basis for clerical celibacy? Why it is said to be a bad thing since Christians say that God had a Son? Why do humans deny that to themselves and accept it ...
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What's the pope's justification today? [closed]

I heard in college that the first popes basically used this to claim power over the christian world: The Donatio Constantini, which proved to be a falsification in the early Renaissance. It was ...
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Changes in Rome since Trent versus the Evangelicals

I am aware that there have been two wide spread movements to bring the Evangelical and Roman Catholic Churches closer together (ECT and ECT2). My question is this: What has changed in Roman Catholic ...
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Where do Catholics believe the historical narrative of the Bible begins?

I heard on the Relevant Radio recently that the Genesis account of the deluge is prehistorical. Meaning, it wasn't really recorded in histories the way other more specific accounts of historical ...
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What is the sacramental principle at work with Anointing of the Sick?

Of the seven sacraments in the Catholic Church. I see how each of them are some form of Sacramentum, an oath between man and God. Marriage has a marital vow Holy orders is a vow to be a priest, ...
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The origin of celibacy for Catholic Priests [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When did the prohibition of marriage for priests in the Catholic church originate? When and why did the Vatican decide that Catholic priests should take a vow of ...
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How are the 12 Anathema's of St. Cyril against Nestorius supposed to be read?

I'd never seen this before today when I was trying to answer a question on the natures of God, but St. Cyril's 12 Anathema's against Nestorius is pretty interesting, and as a piece of literature, I ...
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When are lay men and women permitted to read the Gospel in a Catholic church?

I know that reading the Gospel at Mass is restricted to ordained folks. But, is it permissible for a lay man or woman to lead a word and communion service and read from the Gospel? Can they lead a ...
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How does the Catholic Church identify and collect relics?

I have been told that all major Catholic Churches contain within the alter a relic of a saint. Given that saints are not declared until long after the person in questions death, and many saint die in ...
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Is there any evidence that Lent used to be a 3 day observance?

I was taught that Lent represents the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert. However, in church on Ash Wednesday, my Priest stated that it used to be 3 days and was extended to 40. I can only assume that ...
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Why did the popes begin issuing encyclicals?

It appears as if heavy duty instructions to the world at large began with Pope Leo XIII in the late 19th century. How did it come about that he issued so many encyclicals? Did he set a precedent ...
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Do Catholic children near death recieve the Eucharist as Viaticum

Canon law says that anointing of the sick is to be done to someone having attained the age of reason, same as reception of the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Penance. However, as "Food for the ...
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Debtors vs. Trespassers

I converted to the Presbyterian faith from a Catholic upbringing a while back and have always wondered - but never had anyone to ask - why Catholics use "Trespassers" in the Lord's prayer (Please ...
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Is veneration worship?

I answered this question calling adoration and veneration honor given to God and the saints accordingly. If you look at the edits for my answer, I think I had some confusion as to the terminology ...
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What non-Catholic Christian groups existed in Western Europe during the Middle Ages?

Between the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the Reformation, were there any Christian groups outside the Roman Catholic Church? Who were they?
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What arguments would you give to teenagers who are unconcerned about eternal life?

So the kids in my catechism class aren't all that into the notion of living forever. That's kind of depressing, but I don't think its anything we can't get around. However, what do you tell a kid, ...
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Priestly blessings via alternate media

When I went to World Youth Day in 2005 (wow, long time ago now) my wife and I were sick of walking and wanted to enjoy our honeymoon for a bit so we watched the Pope come into Cologne on a boat. We ...
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Biblical basis for Catholic blessings

What is the Biblical basis for the catholic blessings? And what are those blessings? Being a evangelical, I do not understand from the Bible, the reason for papal, priestly, or other blessings. How ...
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Seeking a richer Catholic understanding of passion vs intellect as it applies to our first parents

I was tempted to answer this question about freewill and Adam and Eve but I chose not to because all I've got it conjecture and I'm not even sure if it's not borderline heresy on the matter. What I'd ...
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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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Is the OT unveiled in the entire NT or just the Gospels?

St. Augustine Sayeth: the New Testament lies hidden in the Old and the Old Testament is unveiled in the New. (paraphrased quote from the Catechism) Just for context, I looked this up and he ...
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How do Roman Catholics understand salvation in light of Romans 3&4?

As far as I can understand it, Paul directly contradicts the Roman Catholic doctrine of salvation in Romans 3 & 4 (see verses 3:21-22, 3:28, 4:4-6 in particular, but I'm referring to the broad ...
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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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What role does the Vatican play in marriage annulments?

I've heard that every annulment must go through the Vatican in some capacity. Does every annulment get reviewed by some tribunal there or is it just a rubber stamp for the tribunal of the diocese from ...
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What does the Roman Catholic church teach about those who die having never heard of Christ?

What does the Roman Catholic church teach about those who die having never heard of Christ? Is there any possibility of salvation for them? Related: What happens to people who have never heard about ...
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What is the biblical basis for and against the “filioque”?

In order to contextualize the question I add the following quote from the wikipedia article concerning Filioque clause: Filioque, Latin for "and (from) the Son", is a phrase found in the form of ...
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What should a Catholic know about Pilgrims Progress?

I'm listening to the Librivox version of Pilgrims Progress and I like it a lot, I really liked reading Pilgrims Regress which I read before I ever even heard of John Bunyan. So far, in listening to ...
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What is the basis for the Catholic teaching that artificial birth control is immoral/sinful?

I understand that the original commandment to be fruitful and multiply involves reproduction. However, planning to wait a little bit here and there seems reasonable enough. So, what is the reasoning ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the special mediatorial position of the Pope, Cardinals, etc in the Catholic church?

Following-up a previous question, what Biblical basis does the Catholic church claim for the special role of Priests, Cardinals, and Popes in the structure of the church?
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What is the Little Office of Our Lady in connection to the Scapular Devotion?

This is particularly confusing and the wikipedia entry is not helpful. I've worn a scapular since going to World Youth Day in 2005, but I've never asked a priest to consecrate my devotion. The ...
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Variations in the Hail Holy Queen (Salve Regina) prayer

In praying the "Hail Holy Queen" at the end of the Rosary with my Parish, there is a bit strangeness in the terms used. For one, some people say Mourning and weeping in this vale of tears and ...
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What's the new rite in Tantum Ergo?

St. Thomas Aquinas' Hymn Tantum Ergo, which is usually sung at Benediction always seems better in Latin: Et antiquum documentum Novo cedat ritui: Mainly because in both the transliterated and ...
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How do the Catholic and Orthodox views of original sin differ?

While reading about original sin, I often read that the Catholic and Orthodox churches disagree on the doctrine of original sin. But as far as I can tell, they both reject the idea that mankind ...
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What isn't spiritual communion?

Spiritual communion is a prayer one can pray if they can't receive communion at Mass and it's a good prayer to pray if you're making a visit to a tabernacle outside of Mass. Sacramental communion can ...
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Is there any real significant difference between Protestantism and Catholicism?

I know a lot of people who have very strong views against Catholics and was really starting to wonder, just as the title suggests, other than Catholicism having priests, what differences are there?
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Does ex opere operato apply to infants?

"Ex opere operato" says that a person must have the proper disposition and desire in order to receive graces through sacraments (correct me if I'm over simplifying this). Does this not apply to ...
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What is the origin of the Catholic apocrypha?

In the Catholic tradition, several "apocryphal" books are used in addition to the same Old Testament canon used by Protestants. What is the origin of these books and how do they differ from from the ...
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How is 1 Timothy 2:5 interpreted relative to the Mediatrix concept?

The concept of Mediatrix has Virgin Mary in a role of a mediator in the salvation process—at least that's what Wikipedia says: Mediatrix in Roman Catholic Mariology refers to the role of the ...
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Who is the oldest Blessed?

Just a question that ought to have a concrete answer and be a good example for how the process of canonization works for my Religious Ed. class: Who has been declared blessed for the longest period ...
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Was “love your enemies” ever included among the evangelical counsels?

In Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin accuses his scholastic opponents of considering the commandment "Love your enemies" to be optional. Specifically, he says that they call it an ...
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Are funerals a way to reduce the time of the dead in purgatory

I was reading an article on TVTropes and I've found this : In a way, there's a "Person Needs Prayer Badly" in medieval European Catholicism... in order to go to Heaven (or reduced their time in ...
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What is the basis for the Catholic teaching that abortion is immoral/sinful?

What is the doctrinal basis for the Catholic teaching that abortion is immoral? I understand that these will be based on Scripture, but will likely come from official Catholic documents. So, I'm ...
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What are indulgences and when and why were they used?

I seem to recall that indulgences had something to do with Roman Catholics doing something to receive forgiveness of sins prior to committing the sins. So, is that what indulgences were? When did ...
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How is spiritual progress described in eastern monastic traditions?

Catholic church has a long monastic history, and there are excellent exponents of spiritual progress whose concepts are used even today. Take Theresa of Avila's "interior castle" or Juan de la Cruz' ...
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What is the purpose of minor basilicas?

What is the purpose of minor basilicas? What is the difference between them and a normal cathedral? As far as I can tell its purely ceremonial. If that is true, what aren't all cathedrals designated ...
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What is the relationship between the Catholic churches of various countries?

I currently live in Mexico, where the Catholic church is quite different than the Catholic church I'm accustomed to in the U.S. This is most obvious to me by the hostility often shown by Catholics ...
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Who do Catholics say the Mary in Matthew 27:56 is?

Roman Catholics believe that Mary the mother of Jesus remained a virgin for her whole life. Mary the mother of Jesus is sometimes seen in the gospels with men referred to as Jesus' brothers, with ...
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Which doctrines are Catholics required to accept?

I only recently figured out that some Catholic doctrines are required for a Catholic to accept, while the denial of others doesn't prevent being a Catholic. Examples of both cases: Mark Trapp, in ...