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

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What exactly did Pope Gregory the Great mean by “Universal Bishop?”

In the 6th Century, Pope St. Gregory the Great wrote this: "I say it without the least hesitation, whoever calls himself the universal bishop, or desires this title, is, by his pride, the ...
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The Eucharist and the supernatural Priesthood

This is probably a question mostly directed at Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christianity. Why is it that only a priest can consecrate the Eucharist? Is there the assumption that there is some sort of ...
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According to Catholicism, in what cases is Purgatory necessary?

As I understand it, there are at least two "steps" necessary for a person to reach Heaven; I hope this description is valid from nearly all Christian viewpoints. First the person has to choose to ...
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What is the Protestant argument against the doctrine of Purgatory?

The Roman Catholic Church teaches the idea of Purgatory, which is defined by Wikipedia as follows: Purgatory is, according to Catholic teaching, the state or place of purification or temporary ...
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Debtors vs. Trespassers

I converted to the Presbyterian faith from a Catholic upbringing a while back and have always wondered - but never had anyone to ask - why Catholics use "Trespassers" in the Lord's prayer (Please ...
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What is the Roman Catholic view of Christian perfection or entire sanctification?

Does the RC Church have a view on Christian perfection or entire sanctification? If so what is it? To what degree do they believe believers can experience any amount of freedom from sin in this life?
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Praying to people outside the Trinity

I understand that the Roman Catholic church direct some prayers to Mary, the mother of Jesus. For me it would be strange to address my prayers to anyone outside the Holy Trinity. Do Catholics pray to ...
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The seriousness of sin changed?

I started to have the feelings that the seriousness of the sins are changing in today's age compared to the past. My question is: Does it also change in the God's eyes? -or- My Question is: Does the ...
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According to Catholicism, Can God annihilate the soul?

Catechism of the Catholic Church 362 The human person, created in the image of God, is a being at once corporeal and spiritual. The biblical account expresses this reality in symbolic ...
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Do divorced non-Catholics need an annulment to marry in the Catholic Church?

Here's something I've got no idea about. In the case where one party is married in a Baptist Church but divorced and the other party has no encumbrances. Barring quarrelsome arguments I can't answer ...
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What is the very least a Catholic needs to believe about Genesis 2 and 3?

There have been a couple skepctical questions asked here recently based off of what some people think are either false premises or assumptions or something. But I am still confused as to what the ...
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What is the basis for clerical celibacy?

In the Catholic Church, priests are required to stay celibate. (As far as I know, protestant priests that convert to Catholicism are allowed an exception -- they can become Catholic priests even if ...
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What is “New Creation” according to Catholicism?

2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. I don't know if this subject has importance in ...
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Why can the Catholic Church declare a person a saint but not state that they are 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. ("Mary and the Saints", ...
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What do Chinese Catholics call their priests?

This Catholic article explains and defends the usage of the word, "Father," in reference to priests. Now, in the Chinese language, people have a tendency to use the same familial words for society at ...
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Does the Catholic church believe that God really forgives by confession alone?

My question is does the Catholic Church hold that God forgives every crime by confession alone? If so I could commit crimes from Monday to Saturday and then go and confess to a priest on Sunday - ...
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What is the Catholic understanding of 'age' in Scripture and in its Tradition?

New Testament scriptural passages with 'age': Matthew 12:31-33 (RSVCE) 31 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be ...
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How do Catholics reconcile these verses about giving publicly and yet privately?

I understand that the Bible encourages charity, however my question is in regards to how it proposes we ought to go about performing charity according to Catholic Christians. "Do not repay anyone ...
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How do Catholics reconcile a metaphorical Adam and Eve with Original Sin [duplicate]

It is known that many Catholics believe that Adam and Eve is a story better left to the metaphorical imagination, rather than literal interpretation (though other denominations may feel differently). ...
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How old were Joseph & Mary when they marrried?

A nun in my Catholic school taught us that Mary was 14 and Joseph was 17 and that this was not atypical for the day. Also that in Joseph's case his Marriage to Mary was his second. Would there be any ...
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Why did the Catholic Church change so radically after Vatican II in regards to the status of Jews?

It's said that the full deposit of the faith was revealed by Jesus. For example, before Vatican II the Church was overtly anti-Jewish. St. Thomas Aquinas writes in the Summa Theologica that "it would ...
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How do we know the Saints, the Righteous and the Holy Ones are alive and in heaven? [duplicate]

Why should Catholics ask the Saints and Mother Mary to take our prayers to God for us? How does the Catholic church know they can canonize "Saints"? How do we know the angels and saints will intercede ...
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Are there any Catholic sects which disagree with the sinlessness of Mary?

As a protestant, the concept of the sinless state of Mary is one of the hardest aspects of Catholicism to swallow. The historical account of the adoption of this doctrine doesn't lend any credibility ...
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First Confession for a Protestant becoming Catholic

So my wife is Catholic and my daughter has been baptized in the Catholic faith and my new born son is soon to be baptized as well. I was baptized myself but I've fallen away from my Baptist roots for ...
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How does the Catholic church explain Matthew 19:9 which seems to allow divorce in case of sexual misconduct

Matthew 19:9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery. On a simple examination, it seems to imply that sexual ...
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What are the differences between Catholics and the Jehovah's Witnesses

What the are differences and similarities between Jehovah's Witnesses and Catholics? To what extent is the official bible accepted by the Catholic church different from the official JW translation? ...
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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 (or were) sacraments necessary for salvation in the Catholic religion?

According to the Wikipedia page, Though not every individual has to receive every sacrament, the Church affirms that, for believers as a whole, the sacraments are necessary for salvation, as the ...
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Hierarchy of Catholicism, government, and papal teaching

The bible teaches that we should submit to our governments in: Romans 13:1-2 (KJV) Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ...
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Is the Genesis creation account consistent with the Big Bang theory according to Catholic theology?

I'm doing some research and am trying to determine whether the creation story of Genesis, chapter 1 (7 days-let there be light) is consistent with the Big Bang Theory. I am finding sources that ...
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What is the Authoritative Catholic explanation of why the Magi get a pass, yet Catholics are to reject astrology?

What is the authoritative Catholic explanation of why the Magi get a pass, yet Catholics are required to reject astrology? Catechism of the Catholic Church | Divination and magic, 2116 has: All ...
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Should the Catholic rosary be recited in Latin or the vernacular language?

Should the Catholic prayer be recited in Latin or the vernacular language? During recitation, should the Catholic recite by chanting the verses or by singing with a catchy melody? Is it a sin to use ...
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What would the Catholic Church's hierarchy look like without the Vatican?

What does the Roman Catholic Church teach would happen if something catastrophic (God forbid!) Destroyed the entire city of Rome, as well as the Vatican city-state? As an example - what would happen ...
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What is Roman Catholic Church's official view on the nature of Christ?

One question that has haunted the Catholic Church from the very beginning is about the way divine and human are related in the person of Jesus Christ. The differences in doctrines have lead to the ...
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Are Angels more accessible than Jesus?

Why would one choose to pray to an Angel or a Guardian Angel over Jesus at times? Some people notice that their prayers are answered on some occasions more readily from an Angel or Guardian Angel. ...
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What are the main differences between Anglicanism and Catholicism?

The Anglican Church came for the Roman Catholic Church about when the Reformation was starting, so they are several hundred years old. Today, how is the Anglican Church different from the Catholic ...
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What is the purpose of a Rosary?

I am not Catholic and I am pretty sure the Rosary is mainly a Catholic artifact, and in modern times devout Catholics seem to always have a Rosary (as in, you know they're Catholic because of the ...
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What is the Catholic Church's official position on the Spanish Inquisition?

The Spanish Inquisition seems to have had plenty of support from the Universal Inquisition at the time, but what is the present Vatican's view? Has the Church repudiated the Inquisition?
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Understanding grace

Grace is the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings Medjugorje, Message 25 June 2014 Dear children! The Most High is giving ...
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What is the official Roman Catholic Bible? [duplicate]

If I want to buy a copy of the Bible, which version does one buy that would be the official Roman Catholic version? It seems the Kings James version is the most popular, is that the one? Will this ...
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What is the argument for papal succession?

First off, I do not mean for this question to sound as an attack on the Catholic Church. I would like to know the stance of the church regarding this. I found this resource, which documents the ...
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Homosexual marriages in the Catholic church

Based on Romans 13:1-2, if marriages between same sex partners are legal (in the state / country), would the church perform the rites/ritual? Furthermore, on what grounds could they NOT perform the ...
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Difference between Eutychianism and Monophysitism

I was reading about some Catholic Christological heresies. Then I came across Monophysitisism and Eutychianism. Both discuss the divine and human nature of Christ. They both theorize that Christ had ...
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Is Latin considered a more holy language in the Catholic church?

I've heard that many Roman Catholic churches still hold Mass services and particularly ceremonies (e.g. weddings) in Latin. Is this true, and if so why is Latin considered to be a better language than ...
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How is offering X Hail Marys not considered vain repetition?

So if the Hail Mary is a prayer and saying the prayer multiple times is encouraged in Catholicism, what established reason does the Catholic church give to justify it not being a vain repetition. ...
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What is the Catholic stance against In Vitro Fertilization?

I was researching a different question and saw that some people find that In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is something that should be avoided on the basis of religious grounds. Does anyone know what ...
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What exactly is a “Hail Mary”?

The practice of a saying a "Hail Mary" is often referred to in colloquial speech, sometimes as a way to caricaturize Catholics. References to the practice instantly conjure up images of Catholicism, ...
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Is every Doctor of the Church a Saint? What are the requirements to be made a Doctor of the Church?

This is a question directed at Roman Catholics, or anyone familiar with the history of the Roman Catholic church. Every Doctor of the Church is a saint. I was curious if this is perhaps a ...
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Jesus said he was sent only for the lost sheep of Israel, so what is their destiny?

Jesus said that I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel. (http://biblehub.com/matthew/15-24.htm) It is safe to say he was rejected by the Jewish people (in general, excluding the few who may ...
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What are the necessary circumstances that qualify a marriage for annulment in the Catholic Church?

I understand that the Catholic Church issues annulments under certain circumstances for some marriages. What are the specific circumstances necessary to qualify a marriage for an annulment? I'm ...