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

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What does “he finds his truth” mean in Pope Benedict's Caritas in Veritate?

While I was reading Caritas in Veritate, an encyclical letter by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, I found this fragment: Love — caritas — is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for ...
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Why do Catholics consider praying to Buddha to be idolatry and praying to Mary is not? [duplicate]

Mary and Buddha are both human and lived on earth (Mary 20BC and (Buddha 563 BCE). But why is it praying to Mary's statue called veneration and praying to Buddha an idolatry? Why Shadrach, Meshach ...
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Does the catechism teach not to kill animals for food?

The Catechism teaches that we “owe” animals “kindness.” 2457 Animals are entrusted to man's stewardship; he must show them kindness. They may be used to serve the just satisfaction of man's ...
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Are Catholics expected to bury amputated body parts in a cemetery?

I remember seeing, some forty years ago, the Catholic family of a cancer patient burying his amputated leg in the local cemetery. I do not know if Christians all over the world still practice such ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach that humans are superior to all other creations on Earth?

Does the Catholic Church teach that humans are superior to all other creations on Earth, or does it teach that each creation is equally precious and that not one type of creation is better than the ...
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Does the Old Testament anywhere imply that the Law of Moses may be abrogated?

I am wondering if there are any statements in the Old Testament which either: A) Foretell a time when the Law of Moses will be abrogated (in the way Christ does in the NT) or B) States that some ...
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Why wouldn't a practicing Catholic joke about the Sacraments and what would happen if they did?

Stephen Colbert is a high profile entertainer and an out-an-proud Roman Catholic. As reported by the Daily Beast, prior to taking on his new role as host of the The Late Show, he sat down in an ...
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Why did the Western and Eastern churches react to their respective states so differently?

In Church History in Plain Language, Bruce Shelley points out a key distinction between Western and Eastern Christianity: how each has related to the State through history. Ambrose had hit upon ...
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What was the explicit purpose of Jesus' question to James and John?

At Matthew 20:20-23, we read about the request of the mother of James and John thus: Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor ...
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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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What does the Catholic Church think John the Baptist was referring when making the statement on greatness of Jesus?

John 3:30 (NIV) presents John the Baptist as saying about Jesus: " He must become greater; I must become less.” My question is: What exactly is the Baptist referring to (for example, public ...
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Is there a moral goodness in In vitro fertilization?

I may have a couple of questions here but it's basically the same subject. My first question: does the Catholic Church see any moral goodness in having a baby through In vitro fertilization (IVF)? ...
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In heaven will we love God more than everyone else, or will we love everyone as much as we love God? (Catholic)

Catholic Church teaches that God will be the principal object of our love in heaven. My interpretation of this is that by saying "God will be the principal object of our love in heaven", Church is ...
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Perfect relationship between Trinity and other relationships in heaven - Catholic

My question can sound like a question out of blue, but I am going to ask it anyway. We can come up with many different descriptions of so called "perfect relationship", but for Christians the best ...
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Original Sin as described in The Poem of the Man-God

How do the teachings of the Catholic Church regarding the nature of Original Sin conflict with the (alleged) private revelations of Maria Valtorta, as documented in her book The Poem of the Man-God? ...
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Catholic teachings on the nature of Original Sin

What I am asking What does Roman Catholic theology hold to be the nature of the original sin? If we consider the Tree of Knowledge, its fruit, and Adam and Eve partaking of it as all being metaphors,...
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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 an adult convert to Catholicism required to accept everything in the Catechism before he/she is baptized?

Prior to being baptized, a prospective adult convert to Catholicism attends the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) wherein they are taught the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). ...
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Does Pope Francis recommend giving communion under both kinds to the laity?

I've heard that Pope Francis recommends giving the communion under both species (i.e. the bread and the wine) to the laity, but I can not find proof of this. Is it true and could somebody provide ...
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How do indulgences remit temporal punishment?

"An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain ...
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Are blessed secular objects categorically lower than or different from traditional sacramentals like altars, priest vestments, etc.?

Every Thursday in the National Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus Manila, students of various universities nearby go to Mass. After Mass, the priest comes out with his holy water and sprinkles it on the mass-...
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Can all Catholic sacramentals be re-consecrated after being desecrated?

When a sacramental, for example, a chalice, an altar, or a church has been desecrated, can it be reconsecrated? If yes, does the desecrated item have to undergo a normal consecration process, or does ...
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How should/must Catholics handle, transport, and use holy water?

Some shrines, like the Shrine of Padre Pio Chapel in Quezon City, distribute holy water in bottles for Catholics who want some. So far the only guideline I saw in getting holy water from a basin is ...
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Is praying Rosary by listening as effective as reciting? [closed]

Is praying rosary just by listening to a recorded audio track as effective as praying by reciting? Does the Catholic Church urge to pray by reciting and prefer this method over just by listening or ...
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Is the receipt of the Sacrament of Confirmation a requirement before receiving the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony?

I'm contemplating of getting married. However, I haven't been confirmed yet. I need to know if it's actual Catholic law or if it's simply tradition to receive Confirmation before getting married. ...
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Are monks allowed by Church law to set up a religious order for clergymen with a particular profession (ex. developers)?

Imagine that there is a Catholic monk, who is also a full-stack developer, who, after much thinking wants to set up a religious order for clergymen who code. We have heard of clergymen (monks, priests)...
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Does current Church doctrine/law allow the veneration of a saint's social media accounts?

Imagine a hypothetical scenario of a holy Catholic in our century. This person owns a Facebook account, a blog, and an Instagram account. After death and much deliberation by the Vatican, this person ...
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Are Catholic priests allowed by church law to provide professional counseling and referrals to penitents who come to them to confess?

Let us say we have a priest, who is a licensed psychiatrist as well. A devout Catholic confesses their sins to said priest. The Catholic person chats with the priest, and priest asks follow-up ...
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How can Saint Thomas Christians who are Catholic have confidence that St. Thomas sailed to Muziris?

This question is addressed to Saint Thomas Christians that are Catholic. Since the Catholic church rejects the authenticity of both the Gospel of Thomas and the Acts of Thomas, how can anyone in the ...
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By what process did the miraculous conception of Jesus occur?

Is there an official position in Roman Catholic doctrine about the following: when Jesus was conceived, was it from an egg cell of Mary fertilised in a supernatural way, or did Jesus's embryo directly ...
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The Blessing of Herbs on the Feast of the Assumption?

Is there any confirmed historical evidence as to the origins to support the tradition that the Blessing of Herbs and Fruit is associated with the Feast of the Assumption?
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In heaven, will everyone be equally special to us (Catholic)? [duplicate]

It is believed that in heaven, we will have deep and intimate relationships with its every member. In heaven, will the level of spiritual connection and intimacy shared between everyone be equal ? ...
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Are all forms of giving equally morally 'good' according to the Catholic church?

Catholics are called to help others in need and to give up what they have for others. However, we do not all give for the same reasons or in the same manner. I've generated a list of general forms of ...
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Does the divine name YHWH (יַהְוֶה) apply equally to all Persons of the Trinity?

According to the Catholic Church (and other Nicene churches), does the divine name YHWH (יַהְוֶה) apply equally to all Persons of the Trinity?
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Was knowledge of the pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton a component of the “deposit of faith” entrusted to the apostles and their successors?

According to the doctrine of apostolic succession, the Lord Jesus Christ entrusted and delivered the faith (i.e., the depositum fidei) to his apostles whom later entrusted and delivered it to their ...
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According to Roman Catholic Church, why should we pray to Mary and not just through her to her Son? [duplicate]

The Bible does not mention anywhere that we should pray to God through Mary. Obviously she's Mother of God, and we owe her that, but even Jesus teaches to pray to God Himself. But why does the ...
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How Does Catholicism Refute the Reasons Muslims Claim That Jesus Was Not Crucified?

Muslims say Jesus didn't claim to be God. My question is Twofold: 1) When a Muslim objects to the teaching that Christ was crucified, what is their given reason that anyone ever attempted to ...
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Why is wine associated with St John the Apostle?

In the Rituale Romanum of the Catholic Church one can find a blessing for wine which is reserved for the Feast of St John the Apostle (December 27). Why does the Catholic Church associate this ...
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Catholic position about non-truthfully conversion to islam

Two people, call them Jones (Catholic) and Fatima (Muslim), want to marry: first civilly and if the bishop gives a dispensation, religiously. Fatima is from a Muslim country that prohibits Muslim ...
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According to Pentecostal doctrine why is a Catholic Christening not a valid Baptism?

I've got a Pentecostal friend who says that my Christening (Catholic doctrine) does not count as it is not a true Baptism to receive the Holy Spirit. Why don't Pentecostals accept Catholic Christening?...
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What is the difference between Anglo-Catholicism and Catholicism?

I read about Anglo-Catholicism and what I found is that there aren't differences between them and Catholic (in term of doctrine). Am I wrong? If I'm not in wrong, the only difference is in the Pope's ...
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From a Catholic viewpoint, why will there be a particular judgement and a general judgment?

If we are judged by God at the moment of death, why is Jesus, at his Second Coming going to judge the living and the dead at the Last Judgment?
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Historically what percentage of the Catholic Church's liturgical function was done in Latin?

I have been doing some research and reading about the history of what a church gathering looked like, prior to the Reformation. One thing I have not been able to find detailed information regarding ...
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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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Can Uniate (Eastern) catholic priest serve Latin mass?

It is known that eastern priests can be married. On the other hand Western rite claims priest to be unmarried. So consider Uniate eastern catholic priest who is married. Can he, if he wants, serve ...
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According to Catholics, what is the law placed within the Israelite in the New Covenant?

In Jer. 31:31-34, it is written, 31 “Behold, the days are coming,” said Yahveh, “that I shall cut a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I ...
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Has the Catholic Church responded to the argument that sex between a married couple can strengthen their emotional bond?

This is a question I asked based on problems I struggle with as someone raised Catholic as part of a generation taught more about science than any generation before me. I can't simply ignore science. ...
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Has the Catholic Church made a list of events in the life of Jesus which took place in fulfillment of prophecies of the Old Testament?

There appears to be a number of events in the life of Jesus which took place in order to fulfill one prophecy or other of the Old Testament, but are not specifically quoted as such by the evangelists. ...
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Why do Popes have seven candlesticks on the altar at Mass?

Why is it that Popes have seven candlesticks on the altar when they pontificate a Solemn Mass? This is something that I have noticed at several Papal Masses. Sometimes the candlestick is set next to ...
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How does the Catholic Church justify discouraging romantic freedoms of homosexuals?

I was raised a Catholic, and I have been very disappointed with Christian views toward homosexuality. Wikipedia summarizes: Homosexuality is treated in Roman Catholic Church teaching under two ...