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

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Is celebrating Christmas required of Catholics?

I understand that Catholics are obligated to attend mass and take communion on Christmas — but are they obligated to celebrate Christmas in the traditional tree-in-the-house, gift-giving sense?
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Is there an explanation in Catholicism as to why it was the Son and not the others of the Blessed Trinity to become man and be crucified for our sake?

According to Catholic faith and theology, once God decreed to save mankind, redemption would be by the work of God-made-man. For us men and for our salvation, he came down from heaven: [...] ...
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When are lay men and women permitted to read the Gospel in a Catholic church?

I know that reading the Gospel at Mass is restricted to ordained folks. But, is it permissible for a lay man or woman to lead a word and communion service and read from the Gospel? Can they lead a ...
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At what point is a new soul created according to the Catholic Church?

It seems clear that Catholic Church rejected Origen's claim that souls were created and existed before conception and birth. Does the Church pinpoint fertilization of the egg as the moment a soul is ...
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What is the status of St Malachy's prophecy within Catholicism?

As might be well-known to some, and perhaps especially to Catholics, the name of Saint Malachy, a former Archbishop of Armagh, is often associated with the Prophecy of the Popes. Much of the recent ...
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Roman Catholic: Is piracy of information and media wrong in all circumstances?

I've come across people who claim piracy to be a theft that breaks one of the Ten Commandments (a sin against God). Yet, I've considered the matter and opined the following. 1) Equal Opportunities: ...
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Why can the Catholic Church declare one person a saint but has never declared another damned?

The Catholic Church has a process to canonize someone, to declare that they are a saint, that they are truly in heaven and worthy of public veneration and imitation. (Cf. CANONIZATION - ...
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Why are there so many modern saints?

Seems every man and his dog is qualifying for sainthood these days. Pope John Paul II canonised 483 saints, more saints than in the last 500 years. Is this because modern science has advanced to ...
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What is meant by 'genuine affective' considering a homosexual relationship?

In the Catechism of RCC #2357 is written that homosexuals can't have a true affective sexual relationship: They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity CCC - 2357 ...
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How does the Catholic Church interpret “you are gods” in John 10:34?

Jesus was blamed by the Jews because he made Himself God. So Jesus defended Himself by saying that is written in Ps 82 that 'you are gods'. John 10:34 DRB Jesus answered them, Is it not written ...
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In Catholic doctrine, is limbo eternal?

The Catholic Church professes a belief in the existence of limbo. Although the doctrine on this subject has not yet been defined, does the Catholic Church believe that it is eternal?
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Is the Summa Theologia infallible to Catholics or not?

Me: Ah, so the Summa Theologia IS considered infallible! (Assuming that if the Magisterium and Pope are, then their trusted sources must be through them!) Catholic: No, it isn't infallible by ...
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Is masturbation worse than smoking (for the Catholic Church)?

This says: Smoking in moderation is not a sin at all (CCC 2290). The statement "Smoking in moderation is not a sin at all" can be found elsewhere like here and somewhere there. I have two ...
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What is the purpose of attending the mass and going to Confession?

(My curiosity is going to cost me my reputation again. Anyway, here it goes...) In Catholicism, how important is attending the mass, going to Confession and other liturgical rituals? Do these ...
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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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In which languages could the Tridentine Mass be said in?

I know that the Tridentine Mass was always said in Latin, but have there ever been exceptions to this rule? I heard that some exceptions were allowed, but have no known sources to back up this ...
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Can Bishops give dispensations from certain marriage vows?

If, for instance, someone tells me that his bishop said he could get a vasectomy because having children with his wife in the future is likely to be injurious to her health. Should he be able to ...
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In Catholicism, what does it mean for a priest to bless an object or person?

Catholic priests bless water to make holy water and they bless the faithful at the end of Sunday masses. The Pope has a special apostolic blessing that he gives out sometimes. I know that it is good ...
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Remit of Defender of the Bond in Catholic declaration of nullity investigations

Is the main function, of Defender of the Bond (DOB), to offer "advice" to the tribunal Judge - or to (literally) defend the matrimonial bond? Any answer presented should provide an explicit ...
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Why would popes choose the name Pelagius in light of the Pelagian heresy?

I was checking out the list of pope names by frequency on Wikipedia in search of minutia to defend my assertion that Pope Francis was the first new Pope name a long time and noticed that there were ...
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Why is our physical world so different from spiritual?

I read this comment from one of the answers: As we are only mortal flesh, we are not capable of understanding the unique nature of God. Jesus also many times found it difficult to explain ...
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What happens if the Cardinals who voted against the Pope get stuck with a Pope they don't like?

What happens if the Cardinals get stuck with a Pope they don't like? Do they still have to obey him?
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Why are the Vatican archives kept secret?

Other than a few documents, most of the Vatican archives are kept secret from the public. What is the official explanation for this? As an outside observer, it seems like the secrecy might be to hide ...
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Has a Pope ever secretly canonized a saint?

We know that at certain times a Pope has created a cardinal of the Catholic Church "in pectore" (in the heart). This simply means that the Pope, in creating a cardinal in such circumstances, chooses ...
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What is courting according to the Catholic interpretation of the Natural Law?

The Natural Moral Law is a good way for Christians to understand quite a bit about the nature and purpose of what they're doing and who they are and quite a few of the papal teachings in the last ...
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Is it mandatory for a Roman Catholic girl to convert to Syrian Orthodox if the boy is of the Syrian Orthodox church, in the case of marriage?

If a woman is Roman Catholic, and a man is from Kerala, from the Malankara Orthodox Syrian church, and they wish to marry, does the woman need to convert to Syrian Orthodoxy? According to the Syrian ...
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Are there Catholic guidelines on naming of children?

Catholics in India, for the last few generations, have been following a unique practice of naming their children. The children are invariably given the baptismal name after a saint; but once they ...
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How is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrated within the domestic church, that is, within the Catholic family?

I've heard that in Columbia there is a rich tradition around celebrating the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. It's a very important feast in the Catholic Church, but it's usually not observed ...
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Where can I find official documents of Buenos Aires' Eucharistic Miracle?

I want to study the Eucharistic Miracle that happened in Buenos Aires, 1996. Does someone know if there are some official documents of the Vatican, or another Catholic Church authority? I just find ...
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Is there a customary way to go around rosary beads?

The picture below depicts one way to go around the rosary beads when praying the Holy Rosary. If a child were to ask, as they typical do, as to why Catholics when praying the Holy Rosary ...
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Does Catholicism teach that Jesus was a theistic evolutionist?

If evolution is true, then the Bible’s account of the creation of the first man, Adam (Genesis 1:26–27; 2:18–24), would be, at best, a story meant to teach a moral lesson but not intended ...
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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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According to Catholic doctrine, how can an angel be a saint?

In Catholic doctrine, a saint has to (a) be “a dead person” and (b) be “in Heaven”. How is someone deemed a saint? The pope canonizes a dead person who has lived a life of heroic virtue and has ...
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According to Catholics at what moment did the ransom sacrifice go into effect?

At his crucifixion our Lord cried out "My God Why have thou forsaken me?" A bit later he cries out again and in about that moment he died and there was darkness and earthquake and the temple curtain ...
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According to Catholic doctrine, why did Jesus Christ have to die to save mankind if only the physical body is involved in death?

Catholics say:The soul is immortal; all humans have one. Adam sinned and his physical body returned to dust, but his soul moved on to phase 2. According to Catholic doctrine, why does the whole plan ...
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Are the theories of Evolution and the Big Bang now binding to Catholics and to be held as true?

On Monday, October 27, 2014, addressing the Pontifical Academy of Sciences , Pope Francis is reported to have said, 'the Big Bang, which nowadays is posited as the origin of the world, does not ...
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What makes a confession sacramental?

In the Catholic tradition, confession to a priest is treated with special protection as a sacred rite. The priest is charged with maintaining the confidential nature of the confession, something they ...
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Are there other sources for the belief in Catholicism that the Apostles composed the articles present in the Apostles' Creed between them?

In the section Origin of the creed in the article Apostles' Creed | New Advent, it states that throughout the Middle Ages it was generally believed that the Apostles, on the day of Pentecost, while ...
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Did Isaiah prophesy the countenance of Jesus who was undergoing Passion?

While most people agree that Jesus, in His human form, had a serene and attractive countenance, a few insist that He had the looks of an average person (by human standards). They quote Isaiah 53:2 ...
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Is a radically sanated marriage a true marriage without subsequent marital intimacy?

Supposing that a couple had a putative marriage which was consummated but was in fact invalid according to Church canon law. If the couple's marriage undergoes a radical sanation, but for some reason ...
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There are some Catholics who disagree that Muslims and Catholics “worship the same God”. What are their arguments that Allah is not God? [duplicate]

The Catholic Church teaches that Muslims [...] adore the one and merciful God. In the first place amongst these there are the Muslims, who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach that God requires our consent to work miracles on us?

Matthew 13:57-58 (RSVCE) says: 57 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” 58 And he did not do ...
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Was this teaching (of soul existing before a birth) condemned by the Church?

What's the official name (if any) of the teaching that the soul of a man exists even before he is conceived and that at the moment of conception his soul gets simply "connected" to his newly conceived ...
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Is the Star Wars “Church of the Force” a revival of the Manichaean heresy?

Lots of Christian movie critics have been going on and on about the new Star Wars movies of late and some bring up a good point: “Darkness” and “light” are notable themes in Gnostic and especially ...
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In Catholicism, what are the arguments for the reasonableness (see body) of an eternal hell?

An eternal hell is difficult concept for some to grasp even among those who call themselves Catholic. [Cf. Debunking the myth of hell, by Carol Meyer, Feb. 3, 2011 | NCR]. The last paragraph in the ...
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In Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Lutheranism, what are the main explanations on the matter of why Jesus Christ needed to be baptized?

What are the main explanations on the matter of why Jesus Christ needed to be baptized in Catholicism, in Eastern Orthodoxy, and in Lutheranism? As far as I understand, baptism in the above-mentioned ...
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According to Catholics were Adam and Eve aware that they possessed immortal souls before Satan told Eve that she would not die?

Eve's comment to Satan in Eden seems to indicate that she and Adam believed that eating of the forbidden tree would result in absolute death. They likely had witnessed the death of animals and would ...
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When is the end of the Christmas season for Latin rite Catholics?

When does Christmas really end for Catholics? I know it starts different for most Eastern Orthodox, but for Latin Rite Catholics, like myself, I don't know when it actually is supposed to end. At the ...
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Do Catholics tithe?

This might seem like a silly question, but I am not a Catholic, and so I do not know the answer! Do Catholics tithe?
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What is the rationale for forbidding priests to marry in traditions where already-married men are allowed to become priests?

As everyone knows, married men are unable to be ordained as priests in the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church, nor are priests allowed to get married for as long as they remain priests. This is ...