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

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How do Catholics view the role of conscience in determing morals?

Once in a while I come across statements from Catholics that seem to say that there isn't an absolute truth. It sometimes sounds very like the postmodern mantra that "what is true for you isn't ...
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In Church History, when and how did The Glory Be (The Doxology) originate?

In Church History, when and how did The Glory Be (The Doxology) originate? Is the history of this prayer known as to when and how it originated? The Glory Be is part of those basic prayers like the ...
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When does a tradition become a Tradition?

When does a tradition became a Tradition, equally accepted and honored as the Bible? Or is a Tradition instigated by the Pope? Can anyone provide a specific example of a Tradition they hold equally ...
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Why do Anglicans kneel when Catholics would stand?

During the liturgy in both churches, there are several times (for example, at the Collect, just before the first reading) when a prayer is introduced by words, "Let us pray." At those times, we ...
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What is a Catholic's response to advice contained in Laudatio Si?

Pope Francis' Laudatio Si is a treasure trove of practical advice for living simply or at least moderately. He seems to want people do use less air conditioning and facebook. I've already used "The ...
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What is the biblical basis for the Catholic and Eastern doctrines of the Assumption of Mary?

Catholic doctrine asserts that Mary the Mother of Jesus was not only without sin and ever-virgin, but that she also ascended into Heaven. Some Eastern traditions hold that she even died, then was ...
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Matthew 18:10 “Children's angels always behold the face of the Father” - what does this mean?

Matthew 18:10 seems to put forth an idea that children have a certain privilege over adults: Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their ...
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Is Baptism of a child still valid if one of the pouring during baptism misses?

In the Rite of Baptism for one Child the Celebrant when baptizing the child, says and does: N., I baptize you in the name of the Father, He immerses the child or pours water upon it. ...
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What is the Catholic view on frozen embryos

We all know that IVF fertilization is against the catholic teaching. Recently I found out that when the treatment is carried out, some of the embryos are frozen for the future implantation in case if ...
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What is “spirit” in Holy Spirit?

Jesus taught the woman of Samaria that "God is spirit". The answer to the Penny Catechism Q17. What is God? is God is the supreme Spirit, who alone exists of himself, and is infinite in all ...
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How does Original Sin come back in man even after being washed at the time of baptism?

According to Catholic thought, if we are washed of Original Sin at the time of baptism, why do we transmit Original Sin to our children? In other words, how is it that my child is born with Original ...
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What are legitimate reasons for a Catholic priest to take a sabbatical?

Some of the priests I know were recently given a sabbatical year (in both cases it wasn't for the sake of study - the priests ended their parish assignments lasting for many years and had time to ...
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What is the origin and basis for the Catholic teaching regarding Mary's vow of celibacy prior to her betrothal?

In the answers to this question it is asserted that Mary had taken a vow of celibacy prior to her betrothal to Joseph. Thus, Joseph already knew that he and Mary would never have marital relations ...
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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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Papal Blessing at World Youth Day 2016

A friend of mine will be attending World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland from July 26 - August 1. He will be carrying some religious medals with him to be blessed by Pope Francis. He is under the ...
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How was the Catholic Easter calendar established, despite this passage?

Matthew 12:40 For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. If Jesus said ...
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How has the ontological argument been used to explain the Trinity?

The basis of an ontological argument is the existence of an idea of a great God, of whom none greater can be imagined. However, we've heard many times that the human mind cannot comprehend the ...
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In Catholic evening prayer, why do some days have Psalm prayers, other days do not?

Nov 9, feast of St. John Lateran, feast, evening prayer, no psalm prayer. Nov 10, St Leo, pope and Doctor, memorial,, evening prayer, psalm prayer. Nov 11, St Martin of tours, bishop, memorial, ...
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According to the Catholic Church, when Jesus speaks, is he is speaking as a Man or God or both?

I want to know if there is an official Catholic ruling on the quotes that occur in the New Testament. The belief is that Jesus is both 100% Man and 100% God. So when we come across a direct quote ...
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Protestant denominations that reject solas?

Historically, the five Solae have been a divider between Catholic and Protestant theologies. Yet, I can't help but notice that most denominations do not believe in the "alone" taken in its fullest ...
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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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Can a prospective Catholic convert skip the RCIA by self-teaching?

Main Question: Can a prospective Catholic convert skip the RCIA by self-teaching the entire corpus of the Catechism of the Catholic Church? Sub-questions: What parts of the RCIA would the ...
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Do Catholics believe that Jesus' time in the wilderness was meant as an allegory?

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, ...
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Are Catholic Bishops the successors of the Apostles alone or the Elders too?

In researching my answer for this question I started to think about the doctrine that the Bishops are the successors of the Apostles as being a bit unfair to the other folks. For instance, if St. ...
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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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According to Catholic Tradition - Was Jesus' experience on Earth scripted? Or did human actors shape it?

God does not play dice with the universe. - Albert Einstein The Bible gives us reason to believe that God (presumably, God the Father) chose the time of Jesus' arrival on Earth. My Question: ...
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Pre-Vatican II Latin Prayer

I'm new here, I was just wondering of someone knows what books were used for English catechesis prior to the 1960's in English speaking countries. I'd like to teach my CCD kids a few prayers in Latin ...
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What is the evidence that the bones found under St. Peter's Basilica are actually St. Peter's bones?

There were some bone fragments found under St. Peter's Basilica in the 1940's. Pope Paul VI said in 1968 that the bones were "identified in a way that we can consider convincing." What is the ...
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Natural law, accident

When it comes to natural law (in Catholicism perspective), I understand that there is wrong to kill, also when it's suicide, but is it wrong with self defense? And what if there is an accident? Like ...
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Can a practicing Catholic be an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church Monastery?

Stephen Colbert's wikipedia bio states: Colbert is a practicing Roman Catholic and a Sunday school teacher and an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church Monastery. These two (bolded) ...
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In Catholicism, why should Jesus have been murdered on the Cross instead of just dying of old age?

Imagine that Jesus wasn't murdered but just died of old age. Would there be a difference in redemption for those who believed in Him? If so, why did he need to be killed? To be clear, I'm ...
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Why was St. Joseph given instructions in dreams?

We see that St. Joseph was given instruction by the Lord in dreams, as follows: Matthew 1:20 (NIV): But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ...
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How do Catholic apologists explain the cross to a Muslim?

I'm an American Catholic currently living in India and teaching Communicative English to students of an Islamic school (ages 5 - 14). I am trying to live on the fence and keeping my faith promoted and ...
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What, if any, were the Catholic orders that opposed the Catholic Inquisition?

During the Inquisition of the Middle Ages, Dominicans and Franciscans were the main church inquisitors. I was wondering if there were other religious orders that, as a whole, opposed the Inquisition. ...
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Communion of saints - Is there a Greek equivalent of “ecclesia penitens”?

The doctrine of the communion of saints states that the body of Christ consists of three churches: The Church militant, or Latin ecclesia militans, or Greek ἡ ἐκκλησία ἡ στρατευομένη The Church ...
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What is the Catholic interpretation of Soteriology in the Bread of Life Discourse in John chapter 6?

Catholics interpret the Bread of Life Discourse in John chapter 6 in light of transubstantiation (= the miracle of bread changing into Jesus' literal flesh and wine changing into Jesus' literal blood ...
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According to Catholic theology, why does God have an only Son?

Catholics, and to my understanding other Trinitarian Christians, believe and teach what is borne by scripture [cf. Eph 4:4-5] i.e. there One God the Father, One God the Son, and one God the Holy ...
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Why do Catholics make the sign of the cross at the Eucharist?

I know that no where in the Catholic Rite of Communion does it state that the communicant must make the sign of the cross after reception of the Eucharist in either species. So why is it that so many ...
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Is there a Biblical precedent for the Petrine privilege?

Is there a Biblical precedent for the Petrine privilege? The Petrine privilege per the Code of Canon Law being Code of Canon Law Can. 1142 For a just cause, the Roman Pontiff can dissolve a ...
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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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What is the Catholic understanding of 'reign with him' in 2 Tim 2:12?

2 Timothy 2:11-13 (RSVCE) has: The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we shall also live with him; if we endure, we shall also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will ...
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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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When did the practice of Confession in the Catholic Church begin?

Confession, specifically the practice of confessing one's sins to a priest, is a quite common practice in the Catholic Church. When and how did this sacrament first originate and become codified as ...
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Is the type of love shared between all heavenly members an affectionate brotherly love mentioned in Bible (Catholic)?

Does Catholic Church teach that the type of love shared between all heavenly members is an affectionate brotherly love mentioned in Bible, for example, Romans 12:10 and 2 Pet. 1:5-7? Below are the ...
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Is promotion of contraception a reason to excommunicate?

Melinda Gates (wife of Bill Gates) promotes contraception such as condoms and sterilization among many other things. This is against the Catholic teaching. She also claims to be a practicing catholic. ...
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How is the Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul celebrated in the domestic church, that is, within the Catholic family in Malta?

The Catholic Archdiocese of Malta celebrates the Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul on February 10 each year. I would like to know if the domestic church has any traditional ways of celebrating this ...
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Tridentine Latin Mass in Hebrew?

In 1957, Pope Pius XII gave permission to St James Vicariate for Hebrew Speaking Catholics in Israel to celebrate the traditional Tridentine Latin Mass of Pope Pius V in some part in Hebrew. Can ...
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Does Stained Glass art hold any special meaning for Catholics?

We see beautiful Catholic buildings adorned with multiple works of stained glass art; is this for any particular reason other than the fact that stained glass art looks nice?
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Byzantine Chant vs. Gregorian Chant: What are the differences in goals as far as attitude and concepts between these two chanting styles

I'm NOT interested here in the difference in musical structure and rules here, per-say, between the Byzantine and Gregorian chanting styles. What I'm more interested in is the difference between them ...
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How many practicing Canon Lawyers are there in the USA, and the world?

To me, it seems Canon Lawyers are hard to come by. In fact, I've never met one and 19 out of 20 times I see the phrase "canon lawyer" it is usually in the form "I am not one". It seems becoming a ...