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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 ...
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What do red garments represent for leaders in the Catholic church? [duplicate]

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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Why does the Catholic church have so many Masses throughout the week?

Why does the Catholic church have so many Masses throughout the week? For the practicing Catholic, which Mass service is most important? There are the weekly worship services, weekend worship ...
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Modern musical instruments in Catholic church service

These days we can see many churches using latest musical instruments to worship God in the church, example - Assembly of God. Once I attended a Catholic church. Some sisters were sitting at the ...
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An open atheist's fate in the middle ages in Europe

What would happen to me if, while living in Europe, say, in the 13th or in the 15th century - in fact, in any time of the existence of the Roman Catholic Church before reformation - I openly declared ...
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If I win the Powerball jackpot will Catholic Church accept a donation?

LDS has a policy of not taking gambling winnings including lottery money as donations. Over the years several other churches have refused as well. Is there an official policy in Catholic Church about ...
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Is there a particular order in lighting candles on an advent wreath?

In the Catholic tradition, is there a particular order in lighting the candles on an Advent Wreath? If there is, why? Which candle is lit first, and what order follows to the last candle? Where ...
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What are the positions relative to each other in the Catholic church's clerical hierarchy?

I sometimes find myself lost in my own church's different levels of clergy and the Catholic church's seems even more complex? What different positions in the clergy exist within the Roman Catholic ...
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Is Mary, “Mother of God,” the mother of the Son or of the whole Trinity?

I find the Catholic title "Mother of God" for the Virgin Mary confusing. It is clear that she was the mother of Jesus, the Son. But the title suggests (indeed, not literally, but still) that Mary is ...
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Can a practicing Catholic who joined a Protestant church still receive communion in the Catholic church?

If a person who has formerly received the sacraments in a Catholic Church now attends a Protestant church, can they still receive communion when visit a Catholic church?
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What is World Youth Day?

A recent question mentions World Youth Day. Wikipedia says that it's an event for young people organized by the Catholic Church. That isn't very helpful, since there are a lot of different types of ...
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In Catholic understanding when there is more than one Pope, who decides which Pope is real and by what criteria?

I know at various periods of history cardinals were split submitting to multiple competing popes. However as they die, eventually only one Pope is considered the 'real' infallible Pope, and the others ...
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According to the Catholic Church, does Jesus condemn those who don't believe?

From the Nicene Creed: I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ ... He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead After reading this today, which appears somewhat to contrast ...
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According to Roman Catholic Church is it only via Jesus you can come in Heaven?

Normally it has been said that you only enter Heaven by believing in Jesus. But can you say that that is absolutely and exclusive or do you have to leave an opening because we don't always knows the ...
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What are the reasons for the Catholic Church's law regarding the Communion fast?

We know from scripture that the institution of the Eucharist was during supper with the taking of the cup being after supper. And it appears from St. Paul's first letter to the Corinthians that there ...
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Is a Catholic annulment divorce in a Catholic way?

During an interview with America and La Nación – Argentina’s leading daily, in a response to a question , Cardinal Walter Kasper said This marriage was a reality, and to say it was canonically ...
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Understanding Trinity, is the belief that each Person has independent Will?

In the trinity the belief is that the Father is God, the Son is God, and the holy ghost is God. The Father is a Person, and Son is a Person, and the holy Ghost is a Person. And they all always ...
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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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Should Catholic christians be obligated to use in vitro fertilisation? If not, why not?

I've been talking with friends about different methods of contraception and the relationship of the Catholic church towards them. If I understand correctly, most widespread means of contraception (...
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Why do some Catholics file up for commmunion?

My wife was telling me about how in Spain, it's common practice to just go up to receive communion pretty much at random whereas in my experience I've always filed up (even when I was in Germany for ...
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Can a Catholic priest take Anglican services?

I was having a discussion with someone and I said that if a Catholic priest took a Protestant service, it would not be bona fide Protestant service. They replied that Catholic priests can become ...
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What is the Magisterium of the Catholic Church and what power do they have?

Does the Magisterium of the Catholic Church hold equal power with the Pope in decision and statement making? Are they the Catholic Church's 'think-tank'? Do they advise the Pope on matters spiritual, ...
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What biblical verses have been used to justify or even inspire working women?

I was reading this article on How To Be A Good Housewife, and what got my attention was the fact that Mexican women are encouraged to become housewives, because the Bible says so, and Mexico is very ...
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Why are Holy See-PLO's relations “special”? [closed]

In an official Pope's discourse it is said: The Holy See currently maintains full diplomatic relations with 179 States, to which must be added the European Union and the Sovereign Military Order ...
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Which Roman Catholic doctrines are infallible?

I know that the Pope can speak infallibly (ex cathedra), and that this has officially been done once, as well as three times before Papal infallibility was formally declared. I would assume that any ...
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According to the Catholic Church, how did Paul become a saint?

In the eyes of the Catholic Church how did Saint Paul become a saint? Was it the encounter with Jesus that made him a saint? Or was it something different? Please answer exactly where he became one, ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach that some who died before Christ are still in Limbo? Why?

In Dante's Inferno, the Poets (Homer, Ovid, Horace, Lucan, etc) and other figures are portrayed as residing in Limbo. Ostensibly, during the crucifixion of Jesus, he entered Limbo and took with him to ...
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When is earliest mention of the Church tradition that Jesus was born in a cave?

The birth of Jesus as recounted by Luke says that: 7 And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them ...
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What is the Scriptural basis for Catholics praying to Mary and the various saints?

While researching for this answer, I came across this quesion. In its answer it stated: Roman Catholics are taught to pray to Mary and various saints. Such prayers are not scriptural and are, in ...
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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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What happens to retired Popes like Pope Benedict?

Does the pope get paid for being the pope? The above question is answered very well and shows that the Pope genuinely has no personal assets. He is well cared for by the Vatican. But what about the ...
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What is latae sententiae?

I heard that some things (like getting an abortion or attacking the pope) have the penalty of latae sententiae excommunication. What is that?
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Is it true that Luther claimed Popes and priests commonly practiced sodomy?

This is a simple historical Q & A question regarding the rumor that Luther made this fairly inflammatory accusation.  The question is simple. Is there any solid proof that Luther really thought ...
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In what order were the Sacraments added?

In his book The Pursuit of God, A. W. Tozer has this phrase: 'The sacraments' were first two, then three, then four, until with the triumph of Romanism they were fixed at seven. What were these ...
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In light of the list found in Isaiah 11:1-3, why are there seven gifts of Holy Spirit and not six?

The patristic authors1 enumerate the following list of gifts or emanations of the Holy Spirit among other lists of moral virtues. According these authors, these qualities are completely demonstrated ...
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Is the Roman Catholic church condemning Protestants?

In the early church the apostles often use the term 'let them be anathema'. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, were to preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached ...
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Renouncing the devil during baptism

In "On the Mysteries" (De Mysteriis) [English], Chapter 2, St. Ambrose wrote, After this the Holy of holies was opened to you, you entered the sanctuary of regeneration; recall what you were asked,...
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Difference between Eutychianism and Monophysitism

I was reading about some Catholic Christological heresies. Then I came across Monophysitisism and Eutychianism. Both discuss the divine and human nature of Christ. They both theorize that Christ had ...
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Why has “Devil's advocate” office been changed?

Pope John Paul II abolished* reduced the power and changed the role of the Promotor fidei (Promoter of the Faith) office, better known as Advocatus diaboli (Devil's advocate) in 1983, thereby the ...
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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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Is it wrong to say Jesus is the God of the Old Testament?

Is it wrong to say that Jesus is the God of the Old Testament? Jesus is God, the Father is God, and the Holy spirit is God. With this is mind, is it wrong to say Jesus is the God of the Old ...
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What is the biblical and traditional support for the Catholic Marian devotion?

In this answer it was stated that the Bible does support Marian devotion, which the Catholics practice. In Luke, Mary says "all generations will call me blessed." I can see how this lends credence to ...
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Any Roman Catholic Church martyrs from 10 - 15th centuries?

Do we know of any martyrs from among the Roman Catholic Church that lived during the 5 centuries before Martin Luther (i.e. 10 - 15th centuries). I am especially interested in those who have been well-...