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In Catholicism, what is the proper order of the sacraments of initiation and what are the summary arguments in support of this order?

In my parish in the diocese of Honolulu, we are in discussions regarding transitioning the catechetical process so that in a few years, the sacraments of initiation [Baptism, Confirmation, and then ...
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Is it justifiable to kill an innocent person with the following conditions?

I'm asking in the context of the Catholic Church's doctrines on just war and self-defense. Is it justifiable to kill an innocent person in order to prevent a greater evil, with no other practical ...
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How do Catholics explain Mary making sin offering 40 days after Jesus' birth?" [duplicate]

The Bible reports that in accord with the requirement of the Mosaic Law, 40 days after Jesus’ birth Mary offered at the temple in Jerusalem a sin offering for purification from uncleanness. If she ...
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How would Catholics respond to the theory that Mary was a surrogate mother that had no DNA in common with Jesus?

Did the life transferred to Mary's womb contain unique DNA? Did that remain the case through out the pregnancy? Science tells us that a surrogate host mother of an implanted fertilized egg will have ...
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According to Catholic doctrine, do our fallen, finite nature and our relationship with God set us up for abusive relationships in this life?

We are created in the image and likeness of God, and are therefore acting in accordance with our true nature when we strive for self-emptying love, as we imitate God and Christ in so striving. ...
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How do Catholics explain that the fighting leaders of the Hebrews were old men?

In the books of Joshua and Judges the leaders of the Hebrews are old men like Joshua himself or Judah. In particular the following verse made me wonder something: Judges 1:3 (ESV): And Judah said ...
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Is there any branch of the Protestant Church that can receive Communion at Mass? [duplicate]

Does Roman Catholicism allow certain Protestants to receive communion during the mass if they have been baptized and confirmed? I'd like to know if there are any Protestant denominations that Roman ...
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Gregory of Nazianzus - First Oration - Translation of καὶ ἡ ἀρχὴ δεξιὰ

At the very beginning (§1) of his first oration entitled, "On the Holy Pascha and on His Reluctance/Delay," Gregory writes, Ἀναστάσεως ἡμέρα, καὶ ἡ ἀρχὴ δεξιὰ... Browne/Swallow translate καὶ ἡ ...
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Significance of different colored vestments worn by Catholic clergy

What color vestments are worn by the Catholic clergy (Roman rite) during Mass, and what is their significance?
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What does the moniker “the beloved disciple” imply about the marital status of John the Evangelist?

John the Evangelist occasionally refers to himself as 'the disciple whom Jesus loved' (Jn 12:23; 19:26; 21:7; 21:20). (Interestingly, no other evangelist makes such a reference.) Is it possible that ...
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What is the Catholic concept of “freedom to sin”?

This question is inspired by a question posted on ScienceFiction&Fantasy.SE. The central issue (vastly oversimplifying) is whether it's more evil to compel someone to do good than to compel them ...
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Are Russian Orthodox Christians considered heretics by Roman Catholicism?

I heard that Russian Orthodox Christians are considered heretics by Catholics. Are there any official Catholic doctrines, documents or quotes that deny or confirm this statement?
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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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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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Which Catholic theologians say that Purgatory is a “fiery moment”?

I was watching a video interview of NT Wright about life after death, in which he makes a statement that: Some Roman Catholic theologians now say that that's actually what Purgatory is actually ...
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Does St. Gertrude's prayer have any (semi-)official standing in the Catholic Church?

I'd like to know if there was any official or unofficial statement given by the Roman Catholic Church on the St. Gertrude's prayer that saves 1000 souls from purgatory? Is there even any record from ...
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Is interpreting Noah's flood as a civilization-wide event compatible with Roman Catholicism?

I heard an idea a while back that perhaps the flood described in the Old Testament wasn't necessarily a global, worldwide flood, but that it was a worldwide flood in a human civilization sense. In ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, are humans the only beings that can be tempted?

If Jesus got tempted for 40 days does it mean Satan can tempt God? Are humans the only ones that are tempted because of flesh or even in spirit there is still temptation, or are angels and saints also ...
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Purgatory - is it a place or state?

According to Catholicism, does purgatory refer to a place or state? Has it ever been described as a place and then later a state, or vice-versa?
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Can a divorced Christian marry a catholic? [duplicate]

Can a divorced, non-Catholic Christian marry a Catholic who has never been married, according to Roman Catholicism? Can such a couple get married in a Catholic church?
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In the Angelus, which is theologically correct, “conceived of” or “conceived by”?

In the Angelus, which is a short practice of devotion in honour of the Incarnation repeated three times each day, morning, noon, and evening, at the sound of the bell [cf. Angelus | New Advent], I ...
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In light of Catholic Teaching, what is the Catholic explanation of “But who can discern his errors? Clear thou me from hidden faults.” [Ps 19:12]

From my understanding of Catholic Teaching on sin, a person commits sin when they choose deliberately - that is, both knowing it and willing it - something [gravely] contrary to the divine law and to ...
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Were any popes or patriarchs converts to Christianity?

The Biblical Peter was an adult when Jesus began his ministry, and thus ranks among the earliest converts to Christianity. Roman Catholics hold that Peter was also the first pope. Are any subsequent ...
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What's “reciprocal subsidiarity”?

I heard Pope Francis use the phrase "reciprocal subsidiarity" at his address to the U.S. Congress. In recent centuries, millions of people came to this land to pursue their dream of building a ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, is it a sin to vote for pro-choice politicians?

Let's not make this a debate about pro-life and pro-choice views of abortion. According to Roman Catholic teaching, would it be a sin if I voted for a pro-choice politician such as Bernie Sanders?
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What is the Catholic teaching on oral sex and impotence?

According to the Catholic Church, are a married couple permitted to engage in oral sex when sexual problems such as impotence make vaginal sex impossible?
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Does the last judgement include a last chance to reconcile?

I was reading a Catholic Magazine a few years ago (it might have been Catholic Answers) and I remember reading an article on the last judgement that seemed to suggest that at the end of time there ...
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Where does the Scripture say that you need to be in the state of Divine Grace in order to go to Heaven?

If I am correct, the Catholic Church teaches that you need to be in the state of Divine Grace at the moment of your death if you wish to go to Heaven. If you are not, then you are automatically ...
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Was Jesus having the beatific vision when He said: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?”

I know that Jesus had the beatific vision while he stayed on earth. But at the cross, he said "My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?" sounding like he has not having the beatific vision at that ...
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Acts 6:8 - Stephen is described as “full of grace” (πλήρης χάριτος)

In Acts 6:8, according to some manuscripts the Greek text states, Στέφανος δὲ πλήρης χάριτος καὶ δυνάμεως ἐποίει τέρατα καὶ σημεῖα μεγάλα ἐν τῷ λαῷ. (NA28) which is translated by the NABRE into ...
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Why does the Roman Catholic church allow girls to serve the altar?

I once knew a classmate who told me that she belonged to the Coptic Orthodox church. Out of curiosity, I asked her whether she had ever served the altar, because I figured that serving the altar was ...
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If God is a Trinity, are Father and Son manifestations of Divinity without being spirits? [duplicate]

If God is a Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, does this mean that Father and Son are manifestations of Divinity without being spirits, so that only the Holy Spirit is a spirit? Please answer ...
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Catholic and other faith intermarriage

Why isn't a Catholic supposed to marry outside of their faith, and what are the consequences if you do? Additionally, would there be some inside of Catholicism who don't think this is an issue? I am ...
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Does the Catholic church have an officially-sanctioned, organized form of spirituality analogous to Orthodox hesychasm?

According to my understanding, hesychasm, along with asceticism, is the official, traditional, and uniformly accepted spiritual path of the Orthodox church. Is there an analogous, well-defined, ...
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Can priests (or popes) administer sacraments in a liturgy other than their own?

As I understand it, the Roman Catholic Church consists of a number of "particular churches" with separate liturgical traditions. For example, the Ruthenian and Hungarian Greek Catholic Churches use ...
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How does one reconcile the sinlessness of Mary with her sin offering in Luke 2:24?

In Luke 2:22-24, it is written, 22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; 23 (As it is ...
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According to Catholicism is feeling nostalgic a sin?

According to a Doctor of Church (e.g., St. Thomas Aquinas), is feeling nostalgic a sin? I think it is, because saints have advocated detachment from the world, and it is a constant theme of even ...
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Did Roman Catholic Church law ever condone (the contemporary practice of) incest?

I may not be asking the right question, but I'm trying to figure out the context behind a quote from an Arthur Pink sermon: herein we may see the blasphemous impiety of the popes of Rome, who in ...
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Did the Saints commit mortal sin sometimes?

Does the Catholic tradition record if some saints committed mortal sin from time to time during their holy life or after conversion? There are many saints who converted and lived their lives in the ...
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Why did the medieval church become involved with marriage?

It seems, through my research, that the Christian Western marriage was created during the Middle Ages (cf. this question). So, does that mean that before the Middle Ages, the Western Christian church ...
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Is a marriage between a transman and transwoman in accordance with Roman Catholic canon law?

Is a marriage between a transman and transwoman in accordance with Roman Catholic canon law? The transman and transwoman can still engage in intercourse to make babies, but the transman would be the ...
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Why was the first man called Adam?

I have started reading the Bible and I have found that in Genesis 2.19 the first man is already called Adam without any previous reference to this name. But when it comes to Eve there is a clear ...
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In Catholicism, is skipping weekly Mass a mortal sin?

The statistical blog FiveThirtyEight states: Weekly Mass attendance is a natural place to divide Catholics by practice — skipping weekly Mass is a mortal sin, so Catholics who don’t attend as ...
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Has the Catholic Church ever opposed interracial marriage?

A fun refutation of gay marriage supporters who say on Facebook: Not too long ago cross-racial marriages were not allowed, supposedly by God. would be to say, well that's not my church so what ...
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Does Catholicism Have Anything to Say About 'Physical Evil'?

Does the Catholic Church have anything specific to say about the Problem of Natural (or Physical) Evil. I'm not asking for a defense of Moral Evil, which I have heard answers for and accepted them as ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, why did Jesus not name the rich man in the story of Lazarus and the rich man?

In the story of the rich man and the poor man (Luke 16:19–31), Jesus did not name the rich man. The name Lazarus that Jesus gave to the poor man is said to have originated from a Greek word meaning ...
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What is the biblical basis for the concept of “partial” or “imperfect” communion?

According to Wikipedia, The Catholic Church makes a distinction between full and partial communion. Where full communion exists, there is but one Church. Partial communion, on the other hand, ...
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Is there a way to know for sure that a given practice is true Catholic Tradition?

Is there a way to ascertain if a spiritual practice really comes from Catholic Tradition, and is not a fabrication? If, for example, I am told to look at the book of Athanasius in the New Testament in ...
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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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What Bible Version is best to buy as a practicing Catholic? [duplicate]

What bible version is best for me as a Catholic, NIV, NASB, ESV, NKJV, NLT, KJV ?