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

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According to the Catholic Church, does any child have the “right” to be baptized?

The Church, echoing the affirmation of the LORD himself, teaches that Baptism is necessary for salvation.1 Furthermore, parents are obliged to take care that infants are baptized in the first few ...
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How do Catholics reconcile these verses about giving publicly and yet privately?

I understand that the Bible encourages charity, however my question is in regards to how it proposes we ought to go about performing charity according to Catholic Christians. "Do not repay anyone ...
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When are the various assorted labels for Catholics - see body - applied and how are they related? [closed]

This question arises from: For Catholics who object to Vatican II, what are the key issues? | MonicaCellio, and as a complement to it. From the Catholic Church's Credo Chart, Catholics believe in the ...
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Explain to those knowing only of the Ordinary Form of Mass, what incense is and why it is used during the Liturgy at Mass?

In the Mass of Paul VI (OF = Ordinary Form) it is extremely rare throughout a liturgical year for incense to be used as compared to what is now the EF = Extraordinary Form of the Mass. Explain to say ...
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What is the significance of transubstantiation? [duplicate]

During the Eucharist ceremony where the Priest says some words and then transubstantiation takes place, what is the significance of this event? I realize this is derived somehow from the last supper ...
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Are Catholics more likely to accept Platonism's idea of the Forms? [closed]

No faith seems to directly accept the Forms, although I wondered if Catholics are more likely to agree with the idea of things in this World ( including thoughts) echoing a perfect and pleasurable ...
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Are sinners in Satan's kingdom?

OK, people seem to agree who is in Christ's kingdom. But if there is a Satan's kingdom. Are non-Christians or sinners part of his kingdom? what does that say about rich evil politicians? Does the ...
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How do young Catholics remember a set of prayers in order to pray the rosary?

How do young Catholics remember a set of prayers in order to pray the rosary? Do they have to memorize everything by rote, or do they get some help with mnemonics? Should they pray in Latin or in the ...
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What is the role of the Pope? [closed]

Background: I am not a catholic and I was just curious as to what exactly the Pope's role is in the church in present day. I know Pope's in the past have sanctioned the crusades, and conquering and ...
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Why does the Catechism of the Catholic Church abridge the first commandment?

(This question came up while I was speaking with someone, and I don't think that I was able to answer it very well. Note that I am not asking whether the Church is right or wrong, just for a clear ...
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What are the moral, religious, and promissory obligations of canon lawyers?

Where canon lawyers are charged with advis[ing] people about how to exercise their rights [as Catholics] and to fulfill their obligations in accord with [canon] law and Canon Law is defined as ...
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New Perspective on Paul? [duplicate]

What is the New Perspective on Paul? It's promoted by numerous New Testament scholars such as N.T Wright, James D. G. Dunn and E.P Sanders. I have read a lot of their articles and books on it. I ...
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Can a Catholic marry a Baptist? [duplicate]

Could a catholic marry a baptist or does one have to convert? How would the wedding look like and what type of church
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Requirements to be a Sponsor for a Catholic Baptism [duplicate]

A family member of mine honored me by asking to be his son's god parent in baptism. However, I have not yet completed all the required sacraments under Code of Canon Law. I am not yet confirmed, due ...
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What are the major differences between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Catholic Churches? [duplicate]

Do the priests of the Eastern Catholic Churches attend seminary school before ordination?
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What are the steps for a non-Catholic Christian to become a Catholic? [duplicate]

What are the steps for a non-Catholic Christian to become a Catholic? What is the process, and what does it entail? What actions are incumbent upon such an aspirant? Where does confession fit in? ...
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According to Catholic teaching that is biblically supported, who are “the enemies of Christians?”

From Luke 1:68-79 (RSVCE), Catholics have a prayer that is termed CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH (the Benedictus [cf. Traditional Prayers — Common Prayers | liturgyoffice.org.uk]). In it there is a section: ...
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Who is credited with being the first to use these terms “conservatives”, “traditionalists”, “progressives and liberals” within the Catholic Church? [duplicate]

Pope Francis in his speech at the conclusion of the Synod 2014, said One, a temptation to hostile inflexibility, that is, wanting to close oneself within the written word, (the letter) and not ...
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How do we know the Saints, the Righteous and the Holy Ones are alive and in heaven? [duplicate]

Why should Catholics ask the Saints and Mother Mary to take our prayers to God for us? How does the Catholic church know they can canonize "Saints"? How do we know the angels and saints will intercede ...
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How can there be free will if God is all knowing? [duplicate]

This is a question with which I have struggled. If God knows the future and all our actions then we do not have any choice in what we do, all is predetermined. So what is the answer to this ?
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What does Acts 13:39 mean? [duplicate]

Acts 13:39 (NIV) — Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses. If the law of Moses is not anymore ...
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How do Protestants interpret Malachi 1:11 and Isaiah 66:20-21?

For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same My name shall be great among the Gentiles; And in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: ...
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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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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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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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Reasons Behind The Worship of Christ

According to the Catholic understanding of Christology, Worship and the Trinity; would it be accurate to state that we worship Jesus because He is the Person who is the 2nd Person of the Trinity? ...
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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 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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Heaven, sooner or later? [duplicate]

According to Catholic teaching, when you die does your spirit go directly to be judged, then purgatory and off to Heaven? How long till you are in heaven? I am not sure of what book of the Catholic ...
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What happens to atheists? [closed]

I'm a Catholic, and I have many friends who are Catholics, Atheists, Agnostics, Protestants, Jewish, etc., And I want to know what happens to non-Christians after death according to other Christians. ...
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What is the scriptural basis for the practice of baptizing infants into the faith? Was there ever an example given in the OT or NT of this being done? [duplicate]

In scripture that refers to Baptism I always see the command to either "repent and be baptized" or "believe and be baptized". Since repentance and belief both require a decision and action that is ...