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

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Renouncing the devil during baptism

In "On the Mysteries" (De Mysteriis) [English], Chapter 2, St. Ambrose wrote, After this the Holy of holies was opened to you, you entered the sanctuary of regeneration; recall what you were asked,...
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Baptism of grandchildren

My grandchildren were not baptized and I was worried about it. They are going on a trip. Therefore, I took it upon myself to baptize them. What if anything is the Catholic Church's view of this? ...
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What is the basis for the claim that Ezekiel 44 is about Mary the Mother of Jesus?

Upon being referred to the statements of Thomas Aquinas in Summa Theologia, I read this: It is written (Ezekiel 44:2): "This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall pass ...
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Can a baby be baptized in a Catholic Church if the mother does not have papers proving she was baptized?

I tried to baptize my baby at a local Catholic Church in Toronto, but the priest told me I need to provide documents proving I was baptized. I don't have such documents because I was baptized and ...
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What is an overview of Jesus' ministry during Holy Week?

Starting with his arrival in Jerusalem, what is an overview of events in the final week before his resurrection as they occurred on specific days of Holy Week? Note: I'm looking for an answer that ...
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Are Catholics permitted to honour Mary as a priest?

Mary, the Mother of Jesus was present at the foot of the Cross as her Son was dying in order to ransom mankind from sin. This got me thinking that Mary must hold a special place in Catholic devotion. ...
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According to the Catholic Church, could a “Jesus-name” baptism ever be considered a valid baptism?

Related: What is the earliest extrabiblical teaching of baptism using a trinitarian formula? According to Oneness Pentecostals and others, baptizing in the name of Jesus, instead of the name of the ...
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Phileo/Storge love in God and heaven?

My friend and I were talking about the four types of love the Greeks distinguished, and my friend said God's love is purely Agape. But doesn't God wants to be friend with each of us? And doesn't God ...
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The Apostle Paul and the doctrine of forgiveness?

Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done (2 Timothy 4:14). Forgiveness is central in Christianity with all the great churches.Jesus own ...
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Why do we confess?

James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Why is it so powerful to confess a ...
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Questions about Lent

There are some things that I've been told since I was kid that I'd like to ask about regarding fasting. I'm a of Catholic Maronite Rite and I'd like Catholic answers. Are we allowed to eat whatever ...
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Mary's painless birth

Where does the Catholic tradition that Mary's birth was painless come from? My wife just got home from a non-denominational study about Mary and she said she thought everybody knew this, but ...
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Transubstantiation while barred from sacraments

If someone is banned from receiving the sacraments through interdict or excommunication but does so anyway (perhaps they go to a different parish where their status is not known) does the sacrament ...
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What did St. Thomas Aquinas write about Christ's passion?

St. Thomas Aquinas never wrote a complete treatise devoted solely to Christ's passion. So what did St. Thomas Aquinas have to say about Christ's passion?
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What are the differences between Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic views of sin? [closed]

What are the differences between Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox views on sin? Where those differing views come from? And how those differing views about sin affect their respective doctrines ...
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How is the Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul celebrated in the domestic church, that is, within the Catholic family in Malta?

The Catholic Archdiocese of Malta celebrates the Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul on February 10 each year. I would like to know if the domestic church has any traditional ways of celebrating this ...
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Why is saying Vespers on Holy Thursday and Good Friday discouraged?

According to my copy of ''The Divine Office'' (the UK/Australia edition of the Liturgy of the Hours/Roman Breviary), on Holy Thursday and Good Friday the saying of Vespers is discouraged: Evening ...
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Is there a difference between celebrating Mass for a living person and for a deceased one?

In the Catholic church, the people can have Mass celebrated for someone. From the salvation point of view, what is the difference between celebrating a Mass: for dead persons whose souls are in ...
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Why is Mary Magdalene the patron saint of hairdressers?

Why is Mary Magdalene the patron saint of hairdressers and when was the first time she was assigned this role? From Wikipedia: Patronage Apothecaries; Kawit, Cavite; Atrani, Italy; ...
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How do Protestants view “Catholic” miracles, such as those that attest to a saint?

An important part of Catholicism is the canonization of saints in the present day. One of the criteria for canonization is the confirmation of miracles associated with the would-be saint. In ...
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What is an overview of “mysteries” in the Catholic Church?

In some of my reading on Catholic doctrines, I've noticed that some teachings are clearly explained with rational or moral arguments, and others are called mysteries, that often lack such clear ...
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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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What is the meaning of this excerpt from Foundation of the Christian Faith, by Karl Rahner?

Please help me understand the excerpt. English is not my first language. From my understanding: The 20th century Catholic theologian Karl Rahner is here talking about the importance of faith in ...
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If a Catholic converts to some Protestant religion is he excommunicated or given any official rebuke by the Church?

Contemplating the question do Catholics recognize Protestants as Christian here:Does the Catholic Church officially recognize Protestants as Christians? I am not sure what an official church policy ...
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Punishment for apostasy in Catholicism [duplicate]

Is there a punishment for apostasy (leaving Christian faith all together) according to the Catholic faith ? If yes, what's the punishment ?
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What is the difference between Tradition and Revelation according to Catholicism?

From what I think I understand, the Catholic Church believes that there is no direct revelation from heaven to lead the church, and that the scriptures alone are not enough to rely on, this is why ...
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What explanation did the Catholic Church give regarding the incorruptible bodies? [closed]

We all have heard about the incorruptible bodies within the Catholic Church tradition. Was there any scientific explanation given to the Roman Catholic Church or did the Church give a scientific ...
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As a protestant, may I participate in the Eucharist (Communion) when visiting a Catholic church?

I think the title sums it up. I'm a protestant Christian, and have many Catholic friends. When I visit their churches, is it permissible for me to participate in the Eucharist/Communion ceremony by ...
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According to Catholicism, does God create new angels?

In Judaism there are many Rabbis that preach that we (humans) can create an angel, and some say God creates angels out of a river of fire in heaven, and they worship him. Does the Catholic Church ...
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Format for the Catholic Mass

I've been to a Catholic Church very few times in my adult life. It's a very different experience than the protestant Churches I'm used to. In most of the Protestant Churches, there is generally a ...
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According to Catholicism what happens to young children who die before being baptized?

John 3:5 is as follows: Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. In the light of that, what happens to those ...
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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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How does the Roman Catholic Church interpret predestination?

I've been trying to determine how the Roman Catholic church interprets the idea of predestination. From what I have found so far it appears to be a view more rooted in single predestination, though I ...
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Is Catholicism a “works” denomination?

Catholicism venerates people's works as that is the only way to become a saint - you actually have to DO something. I understand that there has been a strong debate regarding faith or works (or ...
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When/why did the [N]RSV become a “Catholic” Bible instead of a “Protestant” Bible?

The Methodist church my aunt grew up in back in the 50s and 60s relied almost exlcusively on the RSV, and she continued to use it until her death a few years ago as her preferred translation. However,...
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What specific good does Catholicism attribute to play and entertainment?

In cases where a leisure, entertainment, play activity is questioned for its morality, the moral analysis tends to hinge on at least one evil aspect of the activity—one that either glorifies an evil (...
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Why is the Vatican against “The Son of God” movie?

I didn't watch that movie, I watched a Catholic Maronite priest saying that the Vatican issued a warning about the movie saying that it's not about the true message of Christianity. The priest added ...
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Does Catholicism consider body building to be a sin?

I am an amateur body builder. I have heard that the Roman Catholic church categorizes this as a 'sin'. Is this in line with church beliefs?
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How do Catholics explain Jesus' words to the thief on the cross, in light of the doctrine of Purgatory?

In Luke 23, there is a brief conversation between Jesus and one of the thieves crucified beside him: 42Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43Jesus answered him,...
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Did all Popes use the inverted cross?

The above image shows Pope John Paul II sitting on a chair with an inverted cross on it. According to tradition, the inverted cross symbolizes Saint Peter. Was Pope John Paul II the only pope who ...
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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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Can a person be baptized against their will, according to Catholicism?

In the 2006 film Nacho Libre, there is a scene where Ignacio, a Roman Catholic (but not an ordained priest), decides to sneak up on his tag partner Steven and baptize him, despite Steven not wanting ...
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How do Roman Catholics interpret Luke 4:13, regarding the devil leaving Jesus “until an opportune time”?

Luke 4:13 (NIV) reads: When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him [Jesus] until an opportune time. What is the Catholic interpretation of the phrase "until an opportune time"? ...
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According to the Catholic Church, if the penitent thief had died before Jesus, would he have had to wait for his reward?

At his crucifixion Jesus told the repentant evildoer, "Today you will be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:43). As that grueling day drew to a close, the legs of the two evildoers were broken to hasten ...
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Tridentine Latin Mass in Hebrew?

In 1957, Pope Pius XII gave permission to St James Vicariate for Hebrew Speaking Catholics in Israel to celebrate the traditional Tridentine Latin Mass of Pope Pius V in some part in Hebrew. Can ...
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When and why did the Catholic Church stop the Crusades?

When and why did the Catholic Church stop the Crusades? Was there a specific reason why they stopped? Or were they no longer necessary at some point in time?
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Why does Catholicism have priests but Protestantism does not?

The Catholic Church (and apparently Lutheran, Anglican and Episcopalian churches) have clergy with the title of "priest", as did Old Testament Judaism. Are Protestant "preachers", "reverends", "...
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Which liturgical rites (forms of Mass) are presently used in the Roman Catholic Church?

A liturgical rite is a way to celebrate the Mass. At least for the purpose of this question I will assume this meaning of the term. The standard way Mass is celebrated by Roman Catholics is in the ...
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How does the Catholic Church interpret Galatians 2:7?

From my understanding, the Catholic belief of ordained church leadership comes from the interpretation of Jesus' words to Peter: And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my ...
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Do Catholics consider saying “Jeez(e)!” to be a violation of the Second Commandment?

Is saying "Jeez(e)!" (also: Geez(e), Jese, Jez, and with lower-case initial) using God's name in vain? These expressions are a corruption of the Name of Jesus.