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

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Does Catholicism teach that the Pope is God?

I am non-denominational. I have a couple Catholic friends and one of them told me that the Pope IS God. Remembering what I heard about the Catholic religion I corrected him and said that he was at ...
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Why can't the Pope have children? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the basis for clerical celibacy? Why it is said to be a bad thing since Christians say that God had a Son? Why do humans deny that to themselves and accept it ...
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Blue plate special as metaphor for the Trinity

I think this might be the first practical question on C.SE. Please don't close it because it sounds to speculative, I want to know what might be heretical about it according to Catholic doctrine. ...
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What is the importance of reading Bible personally in Catholicism?

What is the importance of reading Bible in Catholicism? Can a Catholic anticipate going to heaven by only attending the masses and going to Confession, but never read the Bible at home? Does reading ...
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Why doesn't the Catholic Church kill heretics anymore?

So the Catholic church used their influence to sanction the execution of so-called "heretics" and now they do not. Somewhere in the middle they stopped supporting executions based on heresy. Why did ...
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The Burden of Proof [duplicate]

In Science class, we were taught that a Scientific theory, even one without "evidence" to back it up, is true until it can be disproven. That being said, and assuming that's actually true, Why is the ...
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When seeking the meaning of inspired scripture, what senses of Scripture can one arrive at according to the Catholic Church?

When one has followed the Catholic Church's rules for interpreting the Bible1 seeking the meaning of inspired scripture, what senses of Scripture - clearly one sense is the literal one - can one ...
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Do Protestants believe that the Holy Spirit stopped leading the church? [closed]

What do Protestants believe in the matter of the Holy Spirit leading the church? Especially the Catholic church. The first mention of the catholic church was about the 1st. century. Did the Holy ...
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Catholicism and the Laws of Moses [duplicate]

The Catholic Church teaches that the Law of Moses (the Old Law) is a preparation for the Gospel, and as such no longer binding. The New Law (the Law of Gospel) is a perfection of it, given ...
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Why Christians wear some elaborate costumes which sometimes outshine those of the pre-Christian epoch? [closed]

What is the need to use elaborate costumes at services and on other occasions? Costumes of some Christian confessions much outshine those of some other religions, including the pre-Christian ones. ...
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Is Catholicism heretical due to perceived idolatry? [closed]

The King James Bible says, Exodus 20:3-6 KJV 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven ...
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Is there a future for ecumenism? What is the main obstacle for Christian unity? [closed]

Since the founding of World Council of Churches and the closing of Second Vatican Council to this day we've seen openness from church leaders to re-examine what divides us and what we believe in ...
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What is the Catholic explanation for the Catholic Church's apparent vacillation on abortion?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that from the very first century, it has always been the perennial teaching of the Church that procured abortion is a very grave moral evil. CCC 2271 ...
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Why do Catholics believe in the immaculate conception? [duplicate]

I would like to know where Catholics got the idea that Mary was born without original sin. I know it's Church dogma from early on but how did it get started, and what was the reasoning? And do ...
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What does the Catholic Church say about the experience of Joy felt by the martyrs?

Is it worth even being skinned alive like St. Bartholomew? In Earthly terms, you wouldn't allow THAT to happen to you even for the adoration of the planet's most lovely woman or the richest bounty of ...
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I feel guilty, when I pray [closed]

Anytime I have a problem such as money, weight, being judgemental, martial problems...etc... Friends tell me to pray about it but I feel extremely guilty to pray about any personal problema b/c ...
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Within the Catholic Church, what are the main reasons given for the decline of Catholicism in the Netherlands?

This Wikipedia article Roman Catholicism in the Netherlands shows that the number of Catholics both as a percentage of the total population and in numbers has declined from 1970 to 2013 (40.5%/5.3m to ...
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According to Catholic Teaching, what is the meaning of true “freedom of religion?”

This @Geremia's answer to "For Catholics who have expressed concern about Pope Francis and are wary of his pontificate, what are the key issues?" raised as an error and heresy of Vatican II, ...
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Does Catholicism have a notion of “the God in me”?

While being interviewed on the NPR radio show "On Being," lobbyist, lawyer, and nun Sister Simone Campbell said of developing compassion for her political opponents (at around 31:30), A few years ...
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Are unbaptized RCIA candidates required to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the RCIA process?

This question arose after the research that went into my answer to According to the Catholic Church, does abortion need to be confessed, and is it a mortal or venial sin? | by Terry. Are unbaptized ...
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When being confirmed (Catholic) you choose a saint. What criteria should we use to choose this saint? [closed]

When being confirmed (Catholic) you choose a saint. What criteria should we use to choose this saint? Should one choose a saint they like? Would like to be like? Or one that has strengths where I ...
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Recognition of Previous Marriage by the Roman Catholic Church

In a situation in which a non-Catholic, previously married to a non-Catholic, subsequently marries a Catholic outside the Catholic Church, is it possible to have a Catholic marriage for the latest ...
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What is the Catholic Church's understanding of science and of the scientific method?

One understanding of science from the science community is in: Science is a particular way of knowing about the world. In science, explanations are limited to those based on observations and ...
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What does the title Holy Father mean?

Of the list of the titles of the Pope, what does the title Holy Father mean? Please see Other titles. Do we also know when it was first used?
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Have there been any high-profile converts from Catholicism back to high-church traditions? [closed]

There are several high-profile "defectors" (tongue-in-cheek!) or converts from high-church traditions (such as Anglicanism) to Roman Catholicism. I am thinking in particular of G. K. Chesterton and ...
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Does the Pope have the authority to baptize aliens (martians)?

Does the Pope have the moral authority to baptize martians? Pope Francis says he would baptize aliens.
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Who, according to Catholic teaching, do Muslims worship?

Performing this Google search: Do Catholics and Muslims Worship the Same God? will return a number of sites and especially in the commboxes, there are divergent views from yes to no to yes but ... to ...
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According to Catholic Tradition, Is It Really Necessary to Say “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord”?

According to Catholic Tradition, is it really necessary to say "Holy, Holy, Holy Lord"? As Catholics, we say this at Sunday Mass; but I've often wondered if the triple 'holy' was either redundant ...
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Does the Catholic Church say or teach anything at all about “minimum wage?” [closed]

Does the Catholic Church say or teach anything at all about minimum wage? By this I do not mean that the Church says the minimum was should be $x.xx. Does the Church, perhaps through her social ...
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Where did the Roman Catholic denomination in India originate, and why are there differences amongst Indian Christians? [duplicate]

I would like to know from where Roman Catholic denomination originated. Why does we have many groups like CSI, Jacobites, Orthodox, Evangelist, etc? Is it because of the believes people divide among ...
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In the Catholic Traditional Mass, what is Low Mass? What other Masses are there?

In a comment to the answer about incense, Low Mass was mentioned. With Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's Summorum Pontificum, there is the return of the use of the Roman Liturgy prior to the reform of ...
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What are the main differences between the current Roman Catholic Church's liturgical calendar and the one that preceded it?

What are the main differences between the current Roman Catholic Church's liturgical calendar (for the Roman Rite) and the one that preceded it?1 When did the change-over occur? For instance the ...
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According to Catholic teaching, is Mary the most perfect creature God could ever make or is she the most perfect he has made?

Is Mary the most perfect creature God could ever make or is she the most perfect creature God has made and he can always make a more perfect one? What is the Catholic teaching and theology on whether ...
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What is the Mexican celebration 'Las Mañanitas'?

What is the Mexican tradition Las Mañanitas celebrated in some Catholic Churches sometime in December? The acceptable answer will be the one that describes the tradition, its origin, and ...
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What are the rules for inheritance for women?

Are there any rules for inheritance for women in the Roman Catholic creed? It would be helpful if you could provide the verse for reference.
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Is love in a human being immanent or is to say that heresy?

In a paper I am writing I am trying to find a good word to describe that love (and compassion?) are inherent in every human being, and preferably that it comes from The Divine. According to Catholic ...
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According to the Catholic Church, who are those that belong to the full membership of the Church?

According to the Catholic Church, who are those that belong to the full membership1 of the Church? When answering, please reference an authoritative document e.g. the Catechism of the Catholic ...
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Is the Catholic Church actively preparing for the contact with a highly advanced sentient alien species?

According to constitutional and public interest lawyer and educator Daniel Sheehan, the Catholic Church is actively preparing for the discovery of and contact with a highly advanced sentient alien ...
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Homosexual marriages in the Catholic church

Based on Romans 13:1-2, if marriages between same sex partners are legal (in the state / country), would the church perform the rites/ritual? Furthermore, on what grounds could they NOT perform the ...
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What does the Catholic church say about the book of Ezekiel, chapter 23

The book of Ezekiel, chapter 23 contains adult expressions, many people feel uncomfortable reading. You don't usually read such words in a holy book. What does the Catholic church say about it? ...
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Did Jesus say “My people perish for lack of knowledge”?

There is a video on YouTube that went viral, in which a woman says "Jesus said: My people perish for lack of knowledge". I can't find anywhere in the bible where Jesus says something like this. Is ...
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What is the Catholic Church's attitude to the use of Viagra in marriage?

Is there an obligation to use Viagra if it would enable a couple to have children which they otherwise couldn't? This question originated from Should Catholic christians be obligated to use in vitro ...
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What does catholicism say about inheritance?

Are there rules regarding inheritance of property in Catholicism? For example, can a non-Catholic inherit property from a Catholic according to the Catholic faith?
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How did the Catholic canon that Christians could not 'share a meal with a Jew' differ in spirit from the Pharisees traditions concerning Gentiles? [closed]

Anyone who has studied the New Testament knows that possibly the greatest offense that the Jewish leaders had against Christ was that he did not respect their traditions. Jews at that time put the ...
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Does Catholicism Share Some Beliefs with Deism?

Deism teaches the watchmaker analogy, and Catholicism teaches about the gift of free will and the natural order of things. Those seem to have a lot in common. For instance: According to Catholic ...
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How could Matthew change the same story found in Mark [duplicate]

The same story is found in both Mathew and Mark, yet Mathew, who is said to have written the Gospel after Mark's, but used Mark's skeleton structure and quotes him many many times, changes the story. ...
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Catholic chronology

Do Catholic geologists still take seriously (as literal chronology) Eccles 1:4 "the earth abideth forever" which Saint Thomas Aquinas cites inter alia in his discussion of God and eternity in Summa ...
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What's the purpose of angel's fight?

In Revelation 12:7 Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. According to common sense or human logic there ...
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Would organisms genetically descendent from humans fall under the purview of the Catholic defined God? [closed]

Scientists are discussing the theoretical possibility of transferring human bacteria to other planets as a way of encouraging a genetically descendent human species - primarily in places such as Mars. ...
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How does the Pope's recent evolution comments line up with the Gen 1; 1-5 text? [closed]

Gen 1:1-5 1 In the beginning God *c r e a t e d * the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over ...