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

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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.
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Did Pope Francis overstep any official Catholic boundary when he criticized Trump?

Pope Francis implicitly criticized Donald Trump as not a Christian when he said, regarding Trump's proposed policy to build a wall between the USA and Mexico and immediately deport all illegal ...
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Where did the Petrine title of “First Among Equals” originate?

Contrary to the Roman Catholic assertion that Peter and his successors are the Supreme Pontiff, the Orthodox Catholic Churches assert that Peter and his successors hold the honorary title of the First ...
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Why doesn't the Catholic Church ordain women to be deacons?

I understand that women within the Roman Catholic Church and I am guessing in the Eastern Rite Catholic Churches as well, cannot be ordained Priests. What I am wondering, is why they cannot be ...
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In the Catholic Church, other than cardinals, are there any other prelates that may don red cassocks?

In the Catholic Church, the clerical dress (cassock) of cardinals is scarlet red in color. Are there any other catholic prelates who may don red cassocks?
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What are the consequences of suicide according to the Roman Catholic church?

What are the consequences of suicide according to the Roman Catholic church? Are there exceptions or special penalties?
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Which nuns get new names?

I know that some Catholic nuns chose new names, like Mother Teresa (previously Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu), and others didn't, like Sister Helen Prejean. What determines whether a woman changes her name ...
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In Marian Consecration, does invincible ignorance apply to grace as well as sin?

So, I consecrated myself to Mary about 12 years ago following St. Maximilian Kolbe's formula. What I didn't realize until yesterday night, reading "33 Days to Morning Glory" in preparation of my re-...
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What is the role of “Sign of the cross” gesture in Catholicism?

Catholics make this gesture during or after prayer, by using their right hand to touch the forehead, then the middle of the breast, then the left shoulder, and finally the right shoulder. Is this ...
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Raised Catholic, I was born again at age 19, felt led to be baptized by Immersion. Does this condemn me? [closed]

I now trust in Christ alone, the Catholic Church anathema me, so now I am damned (according to them). How is it that Jesus Christ alone saved me and they can condemn me? Living in peace for my ...
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List of papal teachings considered infallible

After reading When does the Pope speak ex cathedra? I became curious and searched for a list of statements, but couldn't find one. Does such list exist and if not, why is this the case?
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In Catholicism, why should Jesus have been murdered on the Cross instead of just dying of old age?

Imagine that Jesus wasn't murdered but just died of old age. Would there be a difference in redemption for those who believed in Him? If so, why did he need to be killed? To be clear, I'm ...
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Is there a biblical base for the reason why in the Catholic church are so many monasteries? [closed]

In Christianity the Catholic Church has many monasteries and congregations in which priests and brothers live in community life; nuns also live together in their own communities. I know that Jesus ...
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Can a Catholic married in a civil ceremony still take communion?

A couple was married in a civil ceremony. They attend Catholic church and are Catholic. Can they receive communion at mass?
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What does the Catholic church teach about fate of non-Catholic christians?

From what I've heard, The Roman Catholic Church claims to be the only representative authority of God on Earth. Does it indeed claim that, and if so what does it say happens to members of non-Catholic ...
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Do the Catholic Church ex cathedra pronouncements about necessity of Catholicism to be saved still apply?

I think the following was spoken Ex Cathedra: “The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but ...
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According to the Catholic Church, can having ideations to sin ever be mortally sinful?

In the Catholic Church, is having ideations to sin a mortal sin? In other words, would a faithful Catholic have to repent during Confession for having ideations to sin or having attempted, but failed, ...
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Were the children of an annulled marriage planned by God?

In the Catholic Church, a declaration of nullity, commonly called an annulment and less commonly a decree of nullity, is a judgement on the part of an ecclesiastical tribunal determining that a ...
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Do I need to confess the sins I committed before becoming Catholic?

I am currently going through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in order to join the Catholic Church. Do I need to confess the sins I committed before becoming Catholic?
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Which Catholic writer(s) has compared St Paul's “third heaven” to the third stage of interior prayer?

There is a Catholic author who compared St Paul's vision of the third heaven to the third or final stage or way of perfection. I can remember reading it some years ago, but cannot recall it now. This ...
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Is there a Catholic list of Old Testament sacraments?

Augustine said that there are fewer sacraments in the New Covenant than there were in the Old: Thus the sacraments of the Old Testament, which were celebrated in obedience to the law, were types ...
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Has there ever existed a Catholic local church feast at Rome in honor of the Domine Quo Vadis?

The Church of St. Mary in Palmis at Rome, originally was called the Church of Domine Quo Vadis. The title of this church takes its' name from a pious tradition that St. Peter one day decided to leave ...
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Does Dietrich Bonhoeffer fit the requirements to be declared an official martyr?

I'm wondering what the Roman Catholic church stance is on this man and whether they will ever declare him a martyr? I'm guessing he is too protestant to ever have any recognition in the Catholic ...
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Are Catholic priests not supposed to get paid or have any belongings?

According to some Catholic friends, a Catholic priest is not supposed to own any belongings and they're not supposed to get paid. They are to be "married to the church" in that sense. Is there an ...
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Did we exist before we were born? [duplicate]

Jeremiah 1:4–5 (NIV) reads: 4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I'd like to know if this hints that ...
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Did Jesus and the repentant thief reunite in heaven on the very day they died?(Catholic view)

The reading of Luke 23:43 differs depending on how we punctuate it: And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise. Or And Jesus said unto him, ...
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What's Moses up to nowadays?

I'm teaching tomorrow on the general judgment and need an answer about folks in heaven. I know Mary and Jesus are there body and soul. I think (although my teachers manual doesn't mention it in this ...
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Is there a “medical” dispensation formally allowed from Lenten fasting in Catholicism?

Today, 10 February 2016, begins the observation of Lent in the Catholic Church, and indeed in much of Western Christianity. Catholic rules for the observation of Lent include the requirement for ...
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Is LDS baptism considered valid by the Roman Catholic Church?

Mormons use a Trinitarian formula when baptizing [cf. D&C 20:73]. Yet I've heard that the Catholic Church does not recognize Mormon baptism as valid. When, what, and from whom was the ...
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What is the Catholic Church's position on the relationship between science and religion?

Hugh Ross in his book Navigating Genesis states that the "non-overlapping magesteria" model for the relationship between science and religion (of whom Stephen Jay Gould is a proponent) is endorsed by ...
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Is the Pope allowed to publish books after resignation?

I've heard that after popes die (at least after Bl. John Paul II died) all their unpublished works and letters are burnt and I heard on the radio this morning that Pope Benedict XVI is pretty much ...
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Is there a list of popes by autonomous particular church?

The Roman Catholic Church consists of a couple dozen autonomous particular churches in full communion with the Holy See. Is there a list that indicates the particular church affiliation of each of ...
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According to Roman Catholic Church is it only via Jesus you can come in Heaven?

Normally it has been said that you only enter Heaven by believing in Jesus. But can you say that that is absolutely and exclusive or do you have to leave an opening because we don't always knows the ...
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In Catholicism, do the teachers more truly constitute the “church” than the hearers?

While reading Louis Berkhof's Systematic Theology, I found him claiming that Catholicism makes an important distinction between the teaching church (ecclesia docens) and the hearing church (ecclesia ...
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What country has the largest Catholic population without a cardinal?

Among all extant countries without a priest currently serving as cardinal, which one has the greatest population of Roman Catholics? And among all extant countries that have never had a priest ...
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Why are some words of Jesus in Aramaic transliterated in the Gospels of Mark?

There are a few instances in the Gospels where the words originally spoken by Jesus are transliterated . For instance, we see at Mark 5:41 ;" He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (...
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Why doesn't the Catholic Church give indulgences to everybody, regardless of their works?

In learning about indulgences, I started to wonder why a work was necessary for the giving of an indulgence. In looking at the Catechism of the Catholic Church, it appears to me that a work is ...
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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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Does the Roman Catholic church recognize LDS baptisms? [duplicate]

According to some of the answers in this question, the Roman Catholic church recognizes baptisms that use water and follow the Trinitarian formula, even if they are not performed by a Catholic. ...
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What is the consequence of being baptized twice, according to the Catholic Church?

The Catholic Church teaches that once a person is baptized, they cannot (or must not) be baptized again. I'm asking this question in that context, looking for a Catholic answer. What is the ...
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Which bible is the best for the Catholic faith? [duplicate]

I was raised a Catholic and want to return to the church after many years. My question is the Bible I am supposed to read. I have the ESV study Bible and the NRSV Bible. Which is the best for the ...
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According to the Roman Catholic church, who can baptize a new believer?

As far as I remember, there is no rule in the Bible as to who can baptize a new believer. However, I'm almost certain that sometime in the early history of the Roman Catholic church, someone or some ...
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A gull and a crow attacked the peace doves released by the Pope. What is Christian interpretation? [closed]

In 2014 pope Francis released two doves of peace to signify reconcilation in Ukraine. Yet, they were instantly attacked by two birds, one by a gull, the other by a crow and lost the feathers in the ...
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What happens when one returns to faith?

In the Catholic tradition, what happens to one who grew up a faithful Catholic, apostatized, and then later returned to faith? What would the process of returning to the church look like? (i.e. Would ...
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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: [...] ...