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Why is the Holy Spirit never spoken of as the Father of Jesus?

The sixth article of the creed recites: He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Now a woman conceives by the agency of a man who becomes the father of ...
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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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In the Catholic Church, what is the explanation for having, and the history behind Principal Co-Consecrators?

When researching for an answer, I wanted to provide a link to Pope Bl. Pius IX. He was ordained Bishop 28 Oct 1919 by Principal Consecrator: Archbishop Aleksander Kakowski † Archbishop of Warszawa ...
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What exactly is “Ordinary Time” in the Catholic Church's liturgical calendar?

In the Catholic Church's liturgical calendar, there is a period known as Ordinary Time. What is it exactly and what differentiates this period from the others in the calendar. The answer should also ...
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Has the Vatican issued clarification for pictures which appear to show Pope St John Paul II kissing the Qur'an?

In comments which I have come across on the internet, this picture is thought to be very scandalous as it appears to show Pope St John Paul II kissing the Qur'an. Have the Vatican issued a document ...
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Renouncing the devil during baptism

In "On the Mysteries" (De Mysteriis) [English | Latin], Chapter 2, St. Ambrose wrote, After this the Holy of holies was opened to you, you entered the sanctuary of regeneration; recall what you ...
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According to Catholicism, when exactly were the souls of those who died before Christ conducted to heaven?

My understanding of Catholic teaching is that after the original sin, man was not only kicked out of paradise, but heaven was closed to him so that the after death, the souls of the just were in limbo ...
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In Catholic Church History, when, why and by whom did the four living creatures become associated with the four evangelists?

In the Catholic Church history, when, why, and by whom did the four living creatures become associated with the four evangelists? And what is the reasoning behind this association: Matthew = Man ...
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What is the Catholic interpretation of John 19:26-27?

What is the Catholic interpretation of John 19:26-27? John 19:26-27 (RSVCE) 26 When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your ...
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What are the Church Fathers' arguments that Peter is the rock?

What are the Church Fathers' arguments that Peter is the rock upon which Christ founded his Church? What do they say is the significance of Peter as rock as regards the identity of Christ's Church?
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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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According to Catholic teaching and theology, can man ever see God as he really is?

According to Catholic teaching and theology, can man ever see God as he really is? Has anyone man ever seen God in the past? Who was it? Will man be able to see God as he really is in the future? ...
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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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Is the Sacrament of Confirmation really necessary to complete baptism?

Can the sacrament of confirmation become obsolete in the Roman Catholic Church if the bishop is actually present and takes the time to do the 4th part of the baptismal rite during the baptism of the ...
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According to Catholic sources, what is the “Leviathan” in the Bible?

According to Catholic sources1, what is the Leviathan in the Bible? Is it a mythical creature or a particular animal that it can be identified with or some other creature? 1. E.g. Catholic Biblical ...
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According to the Catholic Church, what is to become of a family when the married couple discovers they are brother and sister?

The scenario A brother and sister are separated at birth and grow up not knowing of each other. Years later they meet and unbeknownst that they are brother and sister, fall in love, marry, and have ...
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Does God have desires that he does not act on? [closed]

I am still very new to this site and exploring my faith. I hope that will incur some level of mercy and understanding when answering this question. How I got here: I was trying to look into some ...
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What things led to the canonization of Thomas More? [duplicate]

Besides his martyrdom, what were some specific things that led to the canonization of Thomas More?
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Is a Catholic “blessing of a marriage” not a wedding?

Consider the following case: A Catholic woman marries an unbelieving man (in particular, a man not baptised in any Christian denomination) in a state ceremony. Following an adulterous episode on the ...
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What is the Catholic explanation as to why God has revealed himself in “male” terms?

The Catholic Church teaches that God is neither man nor woman. CCC 370 In no way is God in man's image. He is neither man nor woman. God is pure spirit in which there is no place for the ...
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How do demotions work in the Catholic Church?

All other controversial materials aside, as I read this article about Raymond Burke, I'm curious about this line, and this line only (emphasis mine): Burke, who was recently demoted from the ...
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What is Reasoning behind the Inquisition and Separation of Holy days to be separate from the Israeli Sabbath

I have been studying the Catholic religion lately and a great question came to mind which is explained below. We know that despite all the differences in branches of Christianity, most denominations ...
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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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Does the Catholic Church have any mechanism to improve poor homilists?

In the United States, principals periodically observe teachers in the classroom to make sure that they are teaching to the curriculum and to ensure that they are using the best pedagogical techniques. ...
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Latin Lyrics for Gregorian Chants

Does the Catholic Church have a particular book that contains the Latin lyrics for Gregorian chants? I suppose most of these chants are sung as part of a liturgy. One such chant is named Communio: ...
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What are the soteriological consequences of heresy?

From the Catechism (paragraph 2089), quoting cannon law 751: Heresy is the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith, or it is likewise an ...
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Is church attendance and/or participation in Communion a requirement for Roman Catholics?

Is church attendance and/or participation in Communion (i.e., Lord's Supper, Eucharist, Mass) considered a requirement for Roman Catholics?
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Unitatis Redintegratio: Analogy to describe those in “partial” or “imperfect” communion?

In the Vatican II decree Unitatis Redintegratio, or "the Decree of Ecunemism," we see the phrase "imperfect" (non perfecta) used to describe "communion" (communio), as well as the typical phrase, ...
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What is the Roman Catholic interpretation of 2 Thes. 2:3?

The English translation of 2 Thes. 2:3 according to New American Bible, Revised Edition: Let no one deceive you in any way. For unless the apostasy comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the ...
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How does the Catholic Church explain passages that seem to use culturally specific logic?

In 1 Corinthians, Paul writes about women, prayer, and head coverings. As he often does, rather than simply laying down a law, he appeals to logic and well known facts. For example, Doth not even ...
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Meaning of “Confirmatio” in relation to the Sacrament of Confirmation (Sacramentum Confirmationis)

Of the seven sacraments of the Christian faith (as held by the Roman Catholic Church), one is "confirmation." This is derived from the Latin word confirmatio, as seen in the Latin text of the ...
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When and why were stained glass windows first incorporated into the design of a Christian place of worship?

Many Christian churches incorporate stained glass windows into their design. Some members have noted that the use of stained glass windows in architectural design pre-dates Christianity. That ...
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What's the name of the heresy that declares Mary Mother of God is a goddess?

Such heresy was condemned centuries ago by the Church, but I cannot remember its name.
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Can a Roman Catholic be re-catechized and re-confirmed?

As I understand it, many Catholics mark the sacraments according to the human lifespan. During infancy, children born in Catholic families would be baptized. Around 7 years of age, children would ...
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Can I say, “Bless You” to our Catholic priest?

Our priest does such a great job at our church. I shook his hand after church and said "Bless you". I meant to say "Bless you for all you do", but was it offensive to bless a priest?
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Do the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches observe different dates for Pascha?

Someone claimed on another forum that the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church observe different dates for the feast of Pascha/Easter. Is this so? If so, what does this imply about the ...
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Why (and when) did the empty cross v.s. crucifix split happen? [duplicate]

Today, we have Catholic and Orthodox churches (and a few others) using the crucifix whereas most Protestant denominations make exclusive use of an empty cross. When and why did the Protestant ...
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Requirement for Godparents in the Roman Catholic Church

So, I found out that I was baptized as an infant in the Roman Catholic Church (yes, I'm Jewish, but not all Jews - perhaps a minority even - have frum parents; I am simply Jewish by virtue of my ...
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Are Roman Catholics *required* at any time to bow down to statues or images?

Are Roman Catholics required at any time to bow down/ make obeisance to or kiss statues, images, icons, etc. (i.e., inanimate objects)? If so, is it considered a sin not to?
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What is the Lutheran doctrine of consubstantiation and how does it differ from transubstantiation and a more general protestant sacramental view?

In transubstantiation, the bread and wine are said to become the literal body and blood of Jesus. Consubstantiation appears to affirm that "this is my body" does apply to the bread and wine, but not ...
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How do Roman Catholics reconcile Acts 15:20 with transubstantiation?

I'm curious how a Roman Catholic Christian would defend the practice of transubstantiation in light of Acts 15:20 which states that Christians are "to abstain...from blood" (τοῦ ἀπέχεσθαι ἀπό...τοῦ ...
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In the Eucharist, does the bread become Christ's “spiritual body” or “natural body”?

In the act of transubstantiation which occurs during the Eucharist, when the bread becomes Christ's body, and the wine becomes Christ's blood, does the bread become the "spiritual body" (σῶμα ...
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Where do I go to get official Catholic answers?

If a Catholic had questions, where should he or she go for answers other than the Bible (and the catechism)? Specifically, I'd like to know where to get answers on topics I find divisive, intolerant ...
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What is the Catholic theological basis for the Munificentissimus Deus?

If you are looking for direct scriptural proof of this dogma, you will not find any. Mary’s Assumption was not explicitly recorded in Scripture. However, Pope Pius XII formally defined the dogma of ...
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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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Did the Bull, Unam Sanctam, authorize/promote Christian aggression by the “temporal sword”?

Pope Boniface VIII promulgated the Papal bull entitled, Unam Sanctam. In it, he speaks of two swords: the spiritual sword (gladius spiritualis) and the temporal sword (gladius temporalis). We are ...
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Do Catholics believe that God is actively “fighting” Satan?

Do Catholics believe that God is actively "fighting" Satan? Or do they believe that Satan is a "tempter" who only tries to corrupt humans? I vaguely recall stories from the Old Testament when God ...
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Do Catholics believe that Jesus' time in the wilderness was meant as an allegory?

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of ...
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In the Catholic Church's calender, what are Solemnities, Feasts, and Memorials?

In researching for this question: Anne and Joachim are the parents of Mary - is this a Catholic dogma? | @H3br3wHamm3r81, I came across Each year the Church venerates the memory of Saints Anne ...