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If Adam and Eve didn't know good from evil, how can we say they sinned (according to Roman Catholicism)?

When God made Adam and Eve he said they could eat anything except from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. It sounds like that tree grants the knowledge, so before they ate they didn't know good ...
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Why are there differences in the “Greeting” of the Mass?

This website lists three options for the greeting recited by the presider of the Mass. After the following: Priest: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. [All ...
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Why keep baptismal fonts full in the Roman Catholic Church?

In our (Presbyterian) church, we have a stone baptismal font in which we fill with water whenever we need to baptize somebody. At other times, it's empty, more for reasons of plumbing than doctrine - ...
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What is the Holy See and when is it appropriate to use this term?

Is the Pope, himself, ever referred to as the Holy See or is it simply the place where he lives? Wikipedia says, "Often incorrectly referred to as 'the Vatican', the Holy See is not the same entity ...
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What was the miracle of Blessed Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocch?

Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocch were beatified by Pope John Paul II. They were the first married couple to be beatified. They lived exemplary lives in Fascist Italy during WWII; but I can't find ...
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What is a Consistory?

In Raymundi Martini's Pugio Fidei, there is a section entitled, De Consistorio. While it seems he is using it in reference to Judaism, it also appears there is an equivalent in Catholicism. So, what ...
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What is the Catholic position on ethnic parishes today?

I was thinking about this comment concerning cliquishness in the churches and how they can help build each other up (or avoid strife). Smaller towns in rural America with large immigrant Hispanic ...
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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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According to Catholicism, does God create new angels?

In Judaism there are many Rabbis that preach that we (humans) can create an angel, and some say God creates angels out of a river of fire in heaven, and they worship him. Does the Catholic Church ...
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What specific good does Catholicism attribute to play and entertainment?

In cases where a leisure, entertainment, play activity is questioned for its morality, the moral analysis tends to hinge on at least one evil aspect of the activity—one that either glorifies an evil (...
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Did Jesus and the repentant thief reunite in heaven on the very day they died?(Catholic view)

The reading of Luke 23:43 differs depending on how we punctuate it: And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise. Or And Jesus said unto him, ...
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How is the matter of why the Son of God needed to be sacrificed explained in the Roman Catholic Church?

Why did God the Father need to sacrifice His own Son for the sake of granting salvation to the fallen humanity? Couldn't He just forgive humans without making any sacrifice? Why is it so that "without ...
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What doctrinal value does the Catholic Church place on “Cantate Domino”?

If I understand correctly, Cantate Domino is a papal bull by Pope Eugene IV which is in some way affiliated with the Council of Florence. I have heard it claimed that the writing of Cantate Domino ...
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What is the Catholic explanation for temptation?

I have recently been thinking: Why am I tempted to sin at all? If a Higher Power created me and the universe, as well as a set of laws for me to follow, why am I tempted to break these laws? Did he ...
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What is Heaven like according to Catholics?

What does a person experience who is saved, after their death? Are they going to have a bodily resurrection in the New Jerusalem, in the real world, or is it a spiritual existence? If in the real ...
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How does the Catholic Church explain passages that seem to use culturally specific logic?

In 1 Corinthians, Paul writes about women, prayer, and head coverings. As he often does, rather than simply laying down a law, he appeals to logic and well known facts. For example, Doth not even ...
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What is the difference between apostolic pardon and absolution?

I was preparing for Catechism Class tonight on the the last things, the notes in my teachers manual say that unconscious people receive "apostolic pardon" if they get the anointing of the sick while ...
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Is there one guardian angel for each person?

A Roman Catholic friend of mine told me that each person has a guardian angel. He told me it is based on this verse: Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, ...
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What exactly are 'private vows'?

What exactly are private vows? After somebody I vaguely know noted that she has taken private vows, I have been rather too fearful to admit my ignorance. I went home, looked through the Code of Canon ...
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How young do children start to receive communion regularly in Eastern Catholic/Orthodox churches?

I know that in the Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches communion is given to infants at baptism along with chrismation. What about after that? Do they continue all throughout childhood, or ...
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How do Orthodox Bishops and theologians view the Church Fathers' definition of the word “catholic?”

While perusing the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) website I came across this question. I fully understand what the word catholic by itself means. Orthodox Christians (like many liturgical ...
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Who is the American Catholic Church?

What are the major doctrinal differences between the American Catholic Church and the Roman Catholic church? Why did they split?
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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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Was the white smoke ever supposed to be miraculous?

With everybody waiting on a puff of white smoke to eminate from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, the engineer in me is curious about the mechanics. I know in modern times that a special additive ...
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What is a Scapular, and what theology is tied to it?

I ran across this question, and I'm wondering if someone can give me more information on what a Scapular is, and what, exactly, the significance and/or theology goes along with it?
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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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How do Roman Catholics reconcile the apocalyptic sayings of Jesus with his not having returned?

There are verses in the earlier Gospels that fairly explicitly say that Jesus will return: "I am," said Jesus. "And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and ...
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What's “reciprocal subsidiarity”?

I heard Pope Francis use the phrase "reciprocal subsidiarity" at his address to the U.S. Congress. In recent centuries, millions of people came to this land to pursue their dream of building a ...
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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 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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What was/is different about the way the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate celebrate the Novus Ordo Mass?

I've been reading a little too into some recent Churchy news about the Pope "imposing an oath" on a Franciscan group I had heard nothing about. I don't want to cast aspersions on the Holy Father in ...
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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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Is it valid to baptize multiple persons at once?

To take an extreme example, if a person is on a plane that's about to crash, and she wishes to perform a baptism that is valid according to the Catholic Church (and therefore valid according to the ...
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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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What's so great about the Canticle of the Sun? [closed]

A few years ago, I tried to explain to the 7th-8th graders in my catechism class how awesome St. Francis was. I told 'em about him giving up all his stuff and rebuilding the Church etc... but, for ...
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Do the notes in the NABRE accurately reflect the Catholic Church's understanding of biblical inerrancy?

The NABRE is largely a product of the Catholic Church, and it is approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. It's even available online at the USCCB website. So I was surprised to ...
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Does Catholicism confound the role of “elder” and “priest”?

I am somewhat interested in joining the Roman Catholic Church, but there are some things that I've had to further investigate, one of which is the role of "elder" and "priest" in the Roman Catholic ...
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Hierarchy of Catholicism, government, and papal teaching

The bible teaches that we should submit to our governments in: Romans 13:1-2 (KJV) Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ...
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What rules does the Catholic Church have for venerating crosses/crucifixes on Good Friday?

Each year on the Good Friday service at my parish we venerate the cross, but I really wish it were a crucifix, and I've wondered why we don't have one for that purpose. I've been trying to find one ...
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A little more about natural law, the rules and punishment within natural law?

There are some things about the natural law (in Christian perspective), which I do not understand. If I have understood it right, then the natural law is based on our conscience, like everyone know ...
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Second Coming of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday?

During the Easter Vigil, the Catholic Church will chant (sing) the traditional Easter Proclamation hymn of the Exsultet. The Exsultet expresses the Church's belief that this is the same night in ...
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How novel is John Paul II's theology of the family as “ecclesia domestica”?

The Second Vatican Council wrote in Lumen gentium 11 (English, Latin): The family is, so to speak, the domestic church. In it parents should, by their word and example, be the first preachers of ...
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How do Roman Catholics interpret Luke 4:13, regarding the devil leaving Jesus “until an opportune time”?

Luke 4:13 (NIV) reads: When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him [Jesus] until an opportune time. What is the Catholic interpretation of the phrase "until an opportune time"? ...
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Did Pope Francis overstep any official Catholic boundary when he criticized Trump?

Pope Francis implicitly criticized Donald Trump as not a Christian when he said, regarding Trump's proposed policy to build a wall between the USA and Mexico and immediately deport all illegal ...
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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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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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Can a person be baptized against their will, according to Catholicism?

In the 2006 film Nacho Libre, there is a scene where Ignacio, a Roman Catholic (but not an ordained priest), decides to sneak up on his tag partner Steven and baptize him, despite Steven not wanting ...
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Was Adam anatomically God's image? [closed]

Under patronage and control of Pope Julius circa 1512, Michelangelo painted the fresco on the Sistine Chapel that shows the creation of Adam. The complementary poses of the two figures emphasize ...
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Why is the Holy Spirit never spoken of as the Father of Jesus?

The sixth article of the creed recites: He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Now a woman conceives by the agency of a man who becomes the father of ...