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

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Can Bishops give dispensations from certain marriage vows?

If, for instance, someone tells me that his bishop said he could get a vasectomy because having children with his wife in the future is likely to be injurious to her health. Should he be able to ...
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In Catholicism, what does it mean for a priest to bless an object or person?

Catholic priests bless water to make holy water and they bless the faithful at the end of Sunday masses. The Pope has a special apostolic blessing that he gives out sometimes. I know that it is good ...
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Remit of Defender of the Bond in Catholic declaration of nullity investigations

Is the main function, of Defender of the Bond (DOB), to offer "advice" to the tribunal Judge - or to (literally) defend the matrimonial bond? Any answer presented should provide an explicit ...
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Why would popes choose the name Pelagius in light of the Pelagian heresy?

I was checking out the list of pope names by frequency on Wikipedia in search of minutia to defend my assertion that Pope Francis was the first new Pope name a long time and noticed that there were ...
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Why is our physical world so different from spiritual?

I read this comment from one of the answers: As we are only mortal flesh, we are not capable of understanding the unique nature of God. Jesus also many times found it difficult to explain ...
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What happens if the Cardinals who voted against the Pope get stuck with a Pope they don't like?

What happens if the Cardinals get stuck with a Pope they don't like? Do they still have to obey him?
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Why are the Vatican archives kept secret?

Other than a few documents, most of the Vatican archives are kept secret from the public. What is the official explanation for this? As an outside observer, it seems like the secrecy might be to hide ...
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Has a Pope ever secretly canonized a saint?

We know that at certain times a Pope has created a cardinal of the Catholic Church "in pectore" (in the heart). This simply means that the Pope, in creating a cardinal in such circumstances, chooses ...
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What is courting according to the Catholic interpretation of the Natural Law?

The Natural Moral Law is a good way for Christians to understand quite a bit about the nature and purpose of what they're doing and who they are and quite a few of the papal teachings in the last ...
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Is it mandatory for a Roman Catholic girl to convert to Syrian Orthodox if the boy is of the Syrian Orthodox church, in the case of marriage?

If a woman is Roman Catholic, and a man is from Kerala, from the Malankara Orthodox Syrian church, and they wish to marry, does the woman need to convert to Syrian Orthodoxy? According to the Syrian ...
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Does the Catholic Church have any guidelines as to what is the ideal age to start dating?

What is the ideal age for a Christian to start dating? I'm not sure when to start, but I know a very devoted Christian family who thinks the age should be 16. Does the Catholic Church have any ...
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Are there Catholic guidelines on naming of children?

Catholics in India, for the last few generations, have been following a unique practice of naming their children. The children are invariably given the baptismal name after a saint; but once they ...
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How is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrated within the domestic church, that is, within the Catholic family?

I've heard that in Columbia there is a rich tradition around celebrating the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. It's a very important feast in the Catholic Church, but it's usually not observed ...
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Where can I find official documents of Buenos Aires' Eucharistic Miracle?

I want to study the Eucharistic Miracle that happened in Buenos Aires, 1996. Does someone know if there are some official documents of the Vatican, or another Catholic Church authority? I just find ...
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According to Catholicism what does it mean for every relationship in heaven to be perfect and fulfilling?

The Catholic church teaches that every relationship in heaven will be perfect and fulfilling (for example, see this American Catholic reflection written by Friar Jim Van Vurst, O.F.M.). What does ...
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Is there a customary way to go around rosary beads?

The picture below depicts one way to go around the rosary beads when praying the Holy Rosary. If a child were to ask, as they typical do, as to why Catholics when praying the Holy Rosary ...
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Does Catholicism teach that Jesus was a theistic evolutionist?

If evolution is true, then the Bible’s account of the creation of the first man, Adam (Genesis 1:26–27; 2:18–24), would be, at best, a story meant to teach a moral lesson but not intended ...
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Do the Roman catacombs confirm the early Church believed in the doctrine of the communion of saints?

Do the Roman catacombs confirm the early church believed in the doctrine of the communion of saints, which includes prayer for the dead, intercession of the saints, invocation of the saints, and the ...
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According to Catholic doctrine, how can an angel be a saint?

In Catholic doctrine, a saint has to (a) be “a dead person” and (b) be “in Heaven”. How is someone deemed a saint? The pope canonizes a dead person who has lived a life of heroic virtue and has ...
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According to Catholics at what moment did the ransom sacrifice go into effect?

At his crucifixion our Lord cried out "My God Why have thou forsaken me?" A bit later he cries out again and in about that moment he died and there was darkness and earthquake and the temple curtain ...
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According to Catholic doctrine, why did Jesus Christ have to die to save mankind if only the physical body is involved in death?

Catholics say:The soul is immortal; all humans have one. Adam sinned and his physical body returned to dust, but his soul moved on to phase 2. According to Catholic doctrine, why does the whole plan ...
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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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Are the theories of Evolution and the Big Bang now binding to Catholics and to be held as true?

On Monday, October 27, 2014, addressing the Pontifical Academy of Sciences , Pope Francis is reported to have said, 'the Big Bang, which nowadays is posited as the origin of the world, does not ...
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What makes a confession sacramental?

In the Catholic tradition, confession to a priest is treated with special protection as a sacred rite. The priest is charged with maintaining the confidential nature of the confession, something they ...
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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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Are there other sources for the belief in Catholicism that the Apostles composed the articles present in the Apostles' Creed between them?

In the section Origin of the creed in the article Apostles' Creed | New Advent, it states that throughout the Middle Ages it was generally believed that the Apostles, on the day of Pentecost, while ...
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Did Isaiah prophesy the countenance of Jesus who was undergoing Passion?

While most people agree that Jesus, in His human form, had a serene and attractive countenance, a few insist that He had the looks of an average person (by human standards). They quote Isaiah 53:2 ...
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Is a radically sanated marriage a true marriage without subsequent marital intimacy?

Supposing that a couple had a putative marriage which was consummated but was in fact invalid according to Church canon law. If the couple's marriage undergoes a radical sanation, but for some reason ...
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There are some Catholics who disagree that Muslims and Catholics “worship the same God”. What are their arguments that Allah is not God? [duplicate]

The Catholic Church teaches that Muslims [...] adore the one and merciful God. In the first place amongst these there are the Muslims, who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach that God requires our consent to work miracles on us?

Matthew 13:57-58 (RSVCE) says: 57 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” 58 And he did not do ...
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Was this teaching (of soul existing before a birth) condemned by the Church?

What's the official name (if any) of the teaching that the soul of a man exists even before he is conceived and that at the moment of conception his soul gets simply "connected" to his newly conceived ...
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Is the Star Wars “Church of the Force” a revival of the Manichaean heresy?

Lots of Christian movie critics have been going on and on about the new Star Wars movies of late and some bring up a good point: “Darkness” and “light” are notable themes in Gnostic and especially ...
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In Catholicism, what are the arguments for the reasonableness (see body) of an eternal hell?

An eternal hell is difficult concept for some to grasp even among those who call themselves Catholic. [Cf. Debunking the myth of hell, by Carol Meyer, Feb. 3, 2011 | NCR]. The last paragraph in the ...
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In Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Lutheranism, what are the main explanations on the matter of why Jesus Christ needed to be baptized?

What are the main explanations on the matter of why Jesus Christ needed to be baptized in Catholicism, in Eastern Orthodoxy, and in Lutheranism? As far as I understand, baptism in the above-mentioned ...
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According to Catholics were Adam and Eve aware that they possessed immortal souls before Satan told Eve that she would not die?

Eve's comment to Satan in Eden seems to indicate that she and Adam believed that eating of the forbidden tree would result in absolute death. They likely had witnessed the death of animals and would ...
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When is the end of the Christmas season for Latin rite Catholics?

When does Christmas really end for Catholics? I know it starts different for most Eastern Orthodox, but for Latin Rite Catholics, like myself, I don't know when it actually is supposed to end. At the ...
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Do Catholics tithe?

This might seem like a silly question, but I am not a Catholic, and so I do not know the answer! Do Catholics tithe?
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What is the rationale for forbidding priests to marry in traditions where already-married men are allowed to become priests?

As everyone knows, married men are unable to be ordained as priests in the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church, nor are priests allowed to get married for as long as they remain priests. This is ...
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Which order/choir of angels did Satan most likely belong to before he fell?

In the Summa Theologica Thomas Aquinas answers that Satan could have belonged to either the lower grade of angels or to the higher angels before he fell. According to Catholic texts, which of the ...
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According to the Catholic Church, what is meant by the prophecy, “A bruised reed he will not break . . .”?

Isaiah 42:3 has this prophecy: A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. What does this prophecy imply, and how was it fulfilled? Are there any authentic ...
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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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What exactly is a “Hail Mary”?

The practice of a saying a "Hail Mary" is often referred to in colloquial speech, sometimes as a way to caricaturize Catholics. References to the practice instantly conjure up images of Catholicism, ...
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How is offering X Hail Marys not considered vain repetition?

So if the Hail Mary is a prayer and saying the prayer multiple times is encouraged in Catholicism, what established reason does the Catholic church give to justify it not being a vain repetition. ...
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Where can I find the text of the documents produced at the Council of Quiercy (853)?

The Catholic Encyclopedia has an article about the "Councils of Quierzy", and indicates that at the 853 council, Hincmar wrote decrees about predestination, universal redemption, free will, and grace. ...
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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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Do Catholics consider saying “Jeez(e)!” to be a violation of the Second Commandment?

Is saying "Jeez(e)!" (also: Geez(e), Jese, Jez, and with lower-case initial) using God's name in vain? These expressions are a corruption of the Name of Jesus.
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What is the Catholic view of what it meant for Jesus to be “called” Immanuel?

Matthew 1:23 (NIV) says: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means “God with us”). (Matthew 1:23, NIV) But, nowhere in the Gospels is Jesus ...
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What's the level of the teaching that we can't be sure someone is in Hell?

As far as I know, according to Catholic doctrine we can't be sure that any particular soul is in Hell. I understand the reasons (one can repent in the last moment, which is not observable by others), ...
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What is the scriptural basis for a monarchical episcopate?

What scriptural basis has traditionally been put forth by the Catholic and the Orthodox Churches to support the idea of monarchical episcopate (the idea that there must be only one bishop over a city ...
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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 ...