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

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Does Stained Glass art hold any special meaning for Catholics?

We see beautiful Catholic buildings adorned with multiple works of stained glass art; is this for any particular reason other than the fact that stained glass art looks nice?
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Is there any basis in Catholic theology or in the writings of major Catholic theologians for the belief that snakes used to have legs?

Catholicism has pretty much stated that the Genesis creation account is allegorical. The serpent talking to Eve was not an actual event, but a story. Yet I see and hear often from Christians the ...
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Why do Syrian Orthodox churches use only paintings and not sculptures, unlike Catholic churches?

I am an Orthodox Christian, and in our church we don't have sculptures unlike Catholic churches in my area. We only have paintings and pictures. I don't know if this is because of the bull sculpture ...
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From a Catholic perspective, why does Wisdom merely “infer” the things to come?

I'm confused about Wisdom 8:8: Or again, if one yearns for wide experience, she knows the things of old, and infers the things to come. She understands the turns of phrases and the solutions ...
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Why did the Roman soldiers compete to possess Jesus' clothes? [closed]

John 19: 23-24 reads: "When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven ...
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Do Catholics believe that Mary is above all other humans in holiness?

Does her being born as she was (i.e. immaculately conceived), and being the Mother of the Savior (Mother of God) make her higher than everyone else? Or is she considered not necessarily holier than ...
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Why Catholics say “father” to the priest? It seems to contradict Matthew 23:9 [duplicate]

Catholics say Father to the priest and Pope means Father in Greek. However, the law of the Christ states: Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. ...
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How many Catholics are excommunicated in an average year?

Giving the strict nature of so many Catholic teachings it would seem that their would be a lot of folks who find abiding by the rules just to difficult. Pre marital extramarital sex contraception use ...
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What pronoun do Catholics typically use to refer to the Eucharist?

Catholics believe that the communion bread and wine are not bread and wine anymore but the Lord Jesus Christ himself appearing as bread and wine. Since in Catholic dogma the communion bread and wine ...
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What are the Biblical arguments against Transubstantiation?

Catholics believe that the bread and wine in the communion change into the body and blood (and divinity) of the Lord Jesus Christ. They taught that the bread and wine are no longer bread and wine ...
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How do Catholics explain Hebrews 13:10 and John 6:54?

We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat. Hebrews 13:10 (NIV) Catholics interpret Hebrews 13:10 as talking about the Eucharist (source). ...
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Does the Catholic Church allow a professor in a Catholic university to support an idea which is seemingly contrary to Catholic teaching?

Is there a Church law or doctrine forbidding professors at Catholic universities from having (or at least declaring) views contrary to Church teaching while employed at the university? The particular ...
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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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Does Roman Catholic doctrine recognize a moral distinction or difference between abortion and birth control?

Understanding that birth control is renounced in Catholic doctrine, is there a sense that abortion is weightier because in involves the death of a person in addition to the ethical problems Catholics ...
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How do Catholics believe God is eternal if Jesus died on the cross? [duplicate]

The doctrine of the Trinity states that there are three Persons: God (the Father), Jesus (the Son), and the Holy Ghost. The Church also teaches that Jesus died for the sins of humanity. Jesus is 100% ...
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How do Catholics explain the stance of Pope Paul VI on contraception? [duplicate]

Pope Paul VI, in his Humanae Vitae (1968)said that, "It is always intrinsically wrong to use contraception to prevent new human beings from coming into existence." (source) The words of the Pope are ...
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According to the Catholic Church, why did Jesus co-relate end of the world and passing of the generation of His time? [duplicate]

At Matthew 24:34 Jesus, while referring to the signs of the end of the world says: "Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened." Does the ...
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How do Catholics view physical and digital copies of the Bible?

When I was in high school (a mission school), our principal (an Italian theologian and priest) was disgusted with the small blue New Testament bibles! He would throw them out of the window if he ...
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According to Catholic Tradition, can God the Father and Jesus disagree?

According to Catholic Tradition, can God the Father and Jesus disagree? Or are they incapable of disagreement?
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Does the very meaning of the word Catholic indicate how the church came about?

Catholic adjective 1. broad or wide-ranging in tastes, interests, or the like; having sympathies with all; broad-minded; liberal. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/catholic Does this ...
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Does CCC 2291 imply smoking is sinful?

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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Does the Catholic Church consider it sinful for couples who aren't able to conceive to have sex?

Say a married couple has sex, no babies are coming out, they go to a doctor, and they find out that they can't have children due to certain complications. Given that the Catholic church takes a ...
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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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Are there any conditions at all that allow a married Catholic couple to use contraceptives?

Don't laugh at me, but I heard that some conditions are as follows: Soldier coming back from years of serving has only one night to spend with spouse Couple has at least a certain number of children ...
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Would the Catholic Church have problems with gays or lesbians getting married under state law but not having sex?

I know that the Catholic Church is against gays or lesbians having sex. But has the Catholic Church said anything about a hypothetical or actual situation of gay or lesbian Catholics getting married ...
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What does the Catholic Church think about God being defined as “that than which nothing greater can be conceived”?

I think most modern Catholic theologians disagree with the claim that existing is greater than not existing, but what about the definition given by Anselm? Is that accepted? Why or why not?
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Does the Catholic Church consider the 40 year trek in the wilderness an allegory?

Much of the story about the Israelites 40 year wandering in the desert wilderness is as hard to believe as the flood in Noah's day and the allegorical creation account in Genesis. Does the Catholic ...
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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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Famous theologians or saints who held that there were no valid Popes during the Great Western Schism?

St. Catherine of Siena and St. Vincent Ferrer, for example, disagreed about who the valid Pope was during the Great Western Schism. Are there famous theologians or even saints who lived during the ...
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Why was St. Joseph given instructions in dreams?

We see that St. Joseph was given instruction by the Lord in dreams, as follows: Matthew 1:20 (NIV): But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ...
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Is Romans 1:26 a condemnation of homosexuals or the sin of lust? [closed]

God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one ...
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How do Catholic apologists explain the cross to a Muslim?

I'm an American Catholic currently living in India and teaching Communicative English to students of an Islamic school (ages 5 - 14). I am trying to live on the fence and keeping my faith promoted and ...
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Can an act of martydom include the taking of another's life?

In Islam it seems that "martyrs" can be defined to include those who intentionally take life. Specifically, those who die killing, or during battle with, enemies of the faith. Does Catholicism or ...
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Which, in Catholic belief, is the higher form of prayer - the Lord's Prayer/Our Father, or the Eucharist?

In his answer to a related question, Andrew Leach has discovered a text of Pope Benedict XVI to the effect that the Eucharist is the highest form of prayer in the Church: The Eucharistic ...
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If a Pope does something wrong, or less than ideal, who is he representing?

If/when a Pope does something wrong, who is he representing? is he a man who sins, just like the rest of us, or is he supposed to be sort of like the face of God, thereby showing that if he did ...
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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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According to Catholic Tradition, what is Jesus doing right now?

According to Catholic Tradition, what is Jesus doing right now? Catholics believe that the Holy Spirit is among us on Earth. Catholics believe that God the Father listens to our prayers and ...
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Immortal soul concept: afterlife and the sentence spoken to Adam

This is partially a follow-up question onto this question which left some unanswered questions in my mind. According to an answer to that earlier question, Jesus seems to have literally died on the ...
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How do Catholics reconcile the Immaculate Conception with Romans 3:23?

How do Catholics reconcile the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception with what it says in Romans 3:23 about all having sinned and falling short of the glory of God? Romans 3:23 NIV for all have ...
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Was it necessary for Jesus to be identified by a disciple of His? [duplicate]

Why did the Jewish leaders have to seek the help of Judas Iscariot in identifying Jesus for them ( Matt 26:49 ; Mark 14:45 ) . Is it that Jesus looked so similar to his disciples that it was ...
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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 does a tradition become a Tradition?

When does a tradition became a Tradition, equally accepted and honored as the Bible? Or is a Tradition instigated by the Pope? Can anyone provide a specific example of a Tradition they hold equally ...
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What in Deuteronomy implies that God gave those laws through Moses and not directly?

According to the Catholic Church, what are the differences in the way the Mosaic/Deuteronomic Laws are given versus the Ten Commandments. I have been led to understand that there is a difference by ...
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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 Roman Catholicism, in what way do wives need to submit to their husbands?

What is the Catholic teaching on the way a wife needs to obey her husband? In Ephesians 5:22, we read: Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. (NIV) I'd like to ...
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Was the dogma of the Immaculate Conception formulated in response to someone challenging Mary's ability to bear a perfect Son?

i read that dogma is the churches way of explaining supernatural events in scripture Since I have been doing research on the question of how a perfect Jesus could be born of a descendant of Adam, it ...
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What, if any, were the Catholic orders that opposed the Catholic Inquisition?

During the Inquisition of the Middle Ages, Dominicans and Franciscans were the main church inquisitors. I was wondering if there were other religious orders that, as a whole, opposed the Inquisition. ...
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Why do Catholics teach that Catholics go to hell if they die in a state of mortal sin, but teach some Protestants may go to Purgatory/Heaven?

I have heard, according to Roman Catholic professors and dogma, that if we die with a mortal sin on our soul we will go to hell. However, didn't Pope Benedict XVI say that Protestants can achieve ...
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What is the Catholic view of what it meant for Jesus to be “called” Immanuel?

Matthew 1:23 (NIV) says: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means “God with us”). (Matthew 1:23, NIV) But, nowhere in the Gospels is Jesus ...
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What is the test that determines doctrine from discipline?

Some of the hubbub around the Synod on the Family in 2015 has been (at least superficially) around whether disallowing civilly remarried couples, without annulled marriages, whose original spouses are ...