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Is the Roman Catholic understanding of forgiveness different from the Protestant understanding?

Recently I read Simon Wiesenthal's book, The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness, and I was challenged to flesh out my understanding of forgiveness. There were aspects which I ...
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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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What is the theological justification for only the priest drinking the wine in a Catholic Mass?

I recently attended a Catholic Mass for a funeral. When it came time for the observance of the Lord's Supper, only the priest drank the wine. There may be some protestant churches which also follow ...
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What does the Church say about the statements that the Pope Benedict XVI made in the book “God and the World”?

In response to my earlier question, apocalypse_info_click_here answered: While that article in particular is a hoax... Each point in particular has been made and is old news. Benedict ...
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Why are the Jesuits and Society of the Sacred Heart gender specific?

Why is it impossible for women to join the Jesuit order but must instead join Society of the Sacred Heart? Is there something in the initiation ritual that would exclude women?
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Can a Catholic ask for protection from a priest in case his/her spouse has filed a no-fault divorce?

In the case of no-fault divorce, if one spouse files for divorce and the other spouse does not want a divorce, then can the other spouse receive protection from the Catholic priest in order to prevent ...
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What is the Protestant biblical basis for those concluding that 'all moral works' without grace have no good in them (or have the nature of sin)?

I am trying to clarify the difference in my own mind between a traditional Catholic and traditional Protestant view of grace, specifically in terms of the 'works of unbelievers'. It seems hard to ...
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What does “Catechetical Formula” mean?

I ran across the phrase in this question, and a Google search just keeps bringing me to the Ten Commandments example found in the link on the question. I'm not finding a definition anywhere. So what ...
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Does the Catholic church allow a previously divorced man to remarry?

Suppose a Catholic guy marries a non-Catholic outside the Catholic church, then years later they divorce. Can that Catholic guy get married again to someone else (a Catholic female) in the Catholic ...
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How do demotions work in the Catholic Church?

All other controversial materials aside, as I read this article about Raymond Burke, I'm curious about this line, and this line only (emphasis mine): Burke, who was recently demoted from the ...
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What is to be understood by Mary being the “mother of the church”?

Ever since St. Ambrose of Milan there has been a line of thinking that Mary is the "Mother of the Church" - what is to be understood by this title?
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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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Can a non-Catholic be Canonized by the Catholic Church?

While listening to Peter Kreeft talking about Thomistic personalism [PDF], he joked that C.S. Lewis isn't "canonized on earth yet." I know it's a joke, but it seems it would only be funny if it is ...
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What personal possessions did Pope John Paul II have at the time of death?

The pope recieves no salary, but from what I understand, popes do have some personal possessions. A personal possesion is something that you own. For example, Pope Benedict XVI, I believe, had a ...
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Which is more important to the Roman Catholic Church today: Church unity or the actual text of scripture?

I recently did some study on the fact that Augustine objected to Jerome translating the OT into Latin from the Hebrew instead of the Greek because there were significant differences in the texts. ...
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Catholic Theology and Transubstantiation

I'm a bit rusty on my Catholic theology, but I don't every recall any specific set of rules or parameters that govern which substances can and cannot be subject to transubstantiation. Basically, the ...
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Does the RCC permit Catholic laity to answer exegetical questions (i.e., interpret scripture) on a forum or website?

For example, suppose a forum member asked, "What is the meaning of the phrase 'this mystery...which is Christ in you, the hope of glory' in Col. 1:27? (You can replace this with any scripture, the ...
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According to Catholic Church tradition, where, when, how and by whom did the devotion of the Stations of the Cross begin?

Lent is approaching and during Holy Week, it is my understanding that every year at the Colosseum, the Pope leads the faithful in a devotion called the of the Way of the Cross [cf. this photo ...
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Is church attendance and/or participation in Communion a requirement for Roman Catholics?

Is church attendance and/or participation in Communion (i.e., Lord's Supper, Eucharist, Mass) considered a requirement for Roman Catholics?
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In the Catholic Church's calender, what are Solemnities, Feasts, and Memorials?

In researching for this question: Anne and Joachim are the parents of Mary - is this a Catholic dogma? | @H3br3wHamm3r81, I came across Each year the Church venerates the memory of Saints Anne ...
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What is the scriptural basis, if any, for the Catholic teaching that the homosexual tendency is of itself not a sin?

The Catholic Church teaches that the homosexual tendency is not a sin: Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is a more or less strong tendency ordered ...
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According to Catholicism, Can God annihilate the soul?

Catechism of the Catholic Church 362 The human person, created in the image of God, is a being at once corporeal and spiritual. The biblical account expresses this reality in symbolic ...
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Does the incorrupted body of St.Cecilia still exist?

I have searched many sites to find evidence of the incorrupted body of St.Cecilia. But I failed to find any evidence of the real body, only statues of the saint. Can anyone help to find out real photo ...
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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 omitted from the current Western, Catholic Psalter?

I know that there are at least two Pslams omitted from the current Breviary, and I know that some pieces of others are missing (Psalm 136, for example, is missing the verse about dashing baby's skulls ...
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Why did the early Christian church stop building and worshiping in temples?

The use of temples was central during the Old and New Testaments. Christ himself even cleansed the temple by throwing out the money changers who were defiling his Fathers house. John 2:16 Why did that ...
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Non-movable feasts in the Lent and Easter seasons

The latest possible date for Ash Wednesday is March 10th and the earliest possible date for Pentecost is May 10th. Besides the movable feasts, is there any indication that the Catholic Church places ...
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When did the older English spelling of the endings of Isaiah and Elijah stop being used in the Catholic Church?

I was reading Archbishop Fulton Sheen's Life of Christ and he always refers to Isaiah and Isaias and Elijah as Elias. I know that's one of the traditional English spellings, but when did it change ...
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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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Is Catholicism the only religion to uphold the indissolubility of marriage?

Is Catholicism the only religion to uphold the indissolubility of marriage? If not, which others do?
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What is the Catholic Church's position on the scientific theory of evolution?

Understanding the scientific [Biological] theory of evolution simply as descent [from a common ancestor] with modification through Darwin's proposed mechanism of natural selection, starting from the ...
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What is the Catholic Church's view of Anne Catherine Emmerich - can her visions and prophecies be trusted?

What is the Catholic Church's view of Anne Catherine Emmerich - can her visions and prophecies be trusted? Is she a true prophet by the biblical standard? (This question has been prompted by the ...
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How does one discern a calling to the vocation of religious life?

Approaching this from a Catholic perspective, I'd like to ask believers how they came to know that they were called to join the religious life (as a brother or nun), as opposed to the other vocations ...
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What do Chinese Catholics call their priests?

This Catholic article explains and defends the usage of the word, "Father," in reference to priests. Now, in the Chinese language, people have a tendency to use the same familial words for society at ...
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In a Eucharistic miracle, do the communicants still partake of the sacrament?

In the miracle of Lanciano in the eighth century, not only the substance but also the accidents of the bread and wine became that of flesh and blood. Chemically, it was identical to human flesh and ...
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Is a Catholic “blessing of a marriage” not a wedding?

Consider the following case: A Catholic woman marries an unbelieving man (in particular, a man not baptised in any Christian denomination) in a state ceremony. Following an adulterous episode on the ...
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When and how did the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament start in the Catholic Church?

In some Christian Churches, there is according to Wikipedia, a devotional ceremony known as Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The question is when and how did this ceremony arise within the ...
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Genesis's Order of Events: Is there Unanimous Consent Among the Fathers?

Is there unanimous consent (as described here and here) among the Fathers of the Church who wrote on the interpretation of Genesis that the order of events as described in Genesis actually occurred in ...
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Is every Doctor of the Church a Saint? What are the requirements to be made a Doctor of the Church?

This is a question directed at Roman Catholics, or anyone familiar with the history of the Roman Catholic church. Every Doctor of the Church is a saint. I was curious if this is perhaps a ...
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At what age should my daughters start wearing a head covering when they pray?

Catholic tradition has generally dictated that women wear a head covering - be it a veil, mantilla, etc. - while at Mass. First and foremost, the 1917 Code of Canon Law stated: "...women, however, ...
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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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How do Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians evangelize?

If you have been to a public university or college campus in the USA, then you may have seen a live, theatrical performance of street evangelism. Sometimes, the preacher may give his (yes, the ...
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In Catholicism if God is infinite love, can love always increase in intensity or does that mean quantity?

According to the official facts laid out by the Pope and his Magesterium, as God is unending love and joy, does that mean that these emotions can always 'rise' in their intensity? For instance, we ...
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Which encyclical talks about the Mass as a sacrifice?

I am interested to know if there are any encyclicals which specifically compare the sacrifice of the Mass with the Temple sacrifices of the old Testament, wherein Jesus himself takes the place of the ...
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Abstinence from meat

Why do Catholic church teaches to practice abstinence from meat on certain occasions(Example :Good Friday) or periods like lent? I have heard some say that it is in respect towards Christ. However, ...
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Has Protestant-led public bible study ever been viewed by Roman Catholics as violation of the Magisterium?

The Catholic Encyclopedia has this text on the topic of the Magisterium, and the problems of Protestant approaches to scripture: In a similar way they show that they cannot dispense with a ...
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Within the Catholic Church, when and by whom did the story that Jesus was born in a house arise?

This post is a counterpart to this other question of mine: What is earliest mention of the Church tradition that Jesus was born in a cave? In the World Library Publications Missalettes, which have ...
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Were a lot of 'Christians' in the past not Christians at all? [closed]

The intent of this question is not to define 'what is a true Christian?', but to ask: Given that each tradition has it's own well-defined understanding of what being a Christian means, how do they ...
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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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Can the Pope speak ex cathedra about the return of Christ?

Can the Pope speak ex cathedra about the return of Christ? Specifically, if someone approached the Vatican, met with the Pope, and convinced him that he was the second coming of Christ, could the ...