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

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What is the weight of authority behind a teaching of the Papal Magisterium?

In World Over - 2013-12-12 | EWTN - video start at 20:15/55:51 - Cardinal Raymond Burke, the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, says, referencing the Pope Francis himself, that the Apostolic ...
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What is the Catholic explanation as to why God has revealed himself in “male” terms?

The Catholic Church teaches that God is neither man nor woman. CCC 370 In no way is God in man's image. He is neither man nor woman. God is pure spirit in which there is no place for the ...
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Is the Catholic faith based purely on the Bible?

I have heard that, although Catholics use the Bible, their faith is not solely based upon it. I have heard it said that for Catholics, tradition precedes the Bible, and that is why there are some ...
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What is the distinction between Consubstantial and One in Being?

The New Translation of the Roman Missal is going to be put into use in Advent 2011 and there is a change made to the Nicene Creed. one in Being with the Father. is going to be consubstantial ...
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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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Imposition of Ashes - where is it (and where it isn't) commonly practiced?

Since I have learnt of this practice, I thought that placing ashes on Ash Wednesday is practiced worldwide, at least within Roman Catholic Church. But now I have been on a Mass (from first Lent ...
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According to the Catholic Church, does abortion need to be confessed, and is it a mortal or venial sin?

I am not Catholic yet, but am attending RCIA and my first confession is next week. I had an abortion years ago. According to the official teaching of the Catholic Church: Do I have to confess ...
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Are unbaptized RCIA candidates required to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the RCIA process?

This question arose after the research that went into my answer to According to the Catholic Church, does abortion need to be confessed, and is it a mortal or venial sin? | by Terry. Are unbaptized ...
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According to Roman Catholic doctrine, why does Mary refer to God as her Savior if she was born without sin?

In the Magnificat, Mary refers to God as her Savior. According to Roman Catholic doctrine, Mary was born sinless and remained sinless throughout her life. So, why does Mary refer to God as her ...
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What are the requirements for a Protestant joining the Catholic church?

What are the requirements for joining the Catholic church as an adult? I'm interested in all the requirements, including whether a previously baptized Protestant would be required to (or forbidden ...
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In Catholicism, what can the Saints be patrons of?

St. Patrick is known for evangelizing Ireland. Since most saints I hear of are also characterized as "the Patron Saint of X", I wondered what Patrick was the Patron of. According to the wikipedia ...
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What is the Roman Catholic method of salvation?

Evangelicals believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith that Christ death and resurrection alone is the basis of their Salvation. Is this comparable to the Roman Catholic concept of ...
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What is the Vatican's position on ISIS?

What is the Vatican's position on ISIS? Specifically, if a Catholic independently sought out the leader of ISIS and shot a bullet between his eyes, would he/she be exalted (like an arcangel) or ...
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When did the split in crufix/empty-cross sybolism occur and why did it happen?

Today, we have Catholic and Orthodox churches (and a few others) using the crucifix, whereas most Protestant denominations use an empty cross in their symbolism. Did this difference in symbolism arise ...
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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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When being confirmed (Catholic) you choose a saint. What criteria should we use to choose this saint? [closed]

When being confirmed (Catholic) you choose a saint. What criteria should we use to choose this saint? Should one choose a saint they like? Would like to be like? Or one that has strengths where I ...
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At what age should my daughters start wearing a head covering when they pray?

Catholic tradition has generally dictated that women wear a head covering - be it a veil, mantilla, etc. - while at Mass. First and foremost, the 1917 Code of Canon Law stated: "...women, however, ...
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According to the Catholic Church in her recent pronouncements, what is the order of truths to which the believer adheres?

This @PeterTurner's answer to What is the difference between a dogma, a doctrine, an infallible statement, an ex cathedra statement, etc.? opined There are a few levels of Magisterial Teaching. ...
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At what age should Christians be confirmed according to St. Thomas Aquinas?

I've read this in Saint Thomas Aquinas' sermons on the Apostles' Creed (emphasis mine): “Confirmation.”—The second Sacrament is Confirmation. Just as they who are physically born need certain ...
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What is the Catholic understanding and explanation regarding Num 11:25?

In Num 11:25, [The] LORD ... took some of the spirit that was upon him and put it upon the seventy elders[.] From my understanding of Catholic philosophy, a spirit is a simple substance that ...
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What is meant by “order” in reference to ministries within the Church, and how did its usage come about?

This FMS' answer to What are the positions relative to each other in the Catholic church's clerical hierarchy? mentioned a twofold hierarchy in the Church, that of order and that of jurisdiction. ...
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Why are Independent Baptist Fundamentalists labelled Protestants?

Something that always bothers me which I witness to Catholics: the well-meaning ones tell me I am a Protestant and say that "we protested the Catholic Church". This isn't true, the Baptist Church was ...
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Did the early Church Fathers believe Christ assume our fallen humanity?

This question will be clarified further. Please leave a comment to ask for further clarification if it's still not clear. From the writings of the early Christian writers we can learn in detail what ...
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Was Emperor St. Justinian an Aphthartodocetist?

Ss. Eutychius of Constantinople and Anastasius of Antioch were deposed and exiled because they openly opposed Emperor St. Justinian's edict in 564 on Aphthartodocetism. On the Hagiography of Eutychius ...
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Which Roman Catholic doctrines are infallible?

I know that the Pope can speak infallibly (ex cathedra), and that this has officially been done once, as well as three times before Papal infallibility was formally declared. I would assume that any ...
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Can one be baptized and become a Catholic if they don't believe in every particular Catholic dogma?

Can one be baptized and become a Catholic if they don't believe in every particular Catholic dogma? I personally am interested in being a Catholic, i.e., being baptized by a Catholic priest, being ...
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Within the Catholic Church, when and by whom did the story that Jesus was born in a house arise?

This post is a counterpart to this other question of mine: What is earliest mention of the Church tradition that Jesus was born in a cave? In the World Library Publications Missalettes, which have ...
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How do Roman Catholics understand salvation in light of Romans 3&4?

As far as I can understand it, Paul directly contradicts the Roman Catholic doctrine of salvation in Romans 3 & 4 (see verses 3:21-22, 3:28, 4:4-6 in particular, but I'm referring to the broad ...
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What is the biblical basis for classifying the Eucharist as an offering or sacrifice?

It is commonly believed in Catholicism that the Eucharist/Lord's Supper/Communion is a "sacrifice" or "offering." For example, one website states, The Eucharist is a true sacrifice, not just a ...
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Does Catholicism confound the role of “elder” and “priest”?

I am somewhat interested in joining the Roman Catholic Church, but there are some things that I've had to further investigate, one of which is the role of "elder" and "priest" in the Roman Catholic ...
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How do Catholics support transubstantiation?

As I understand it, the doctrine of transubstantiation maintains that bread and wine *literally** become the body and blood of Christ... yet it is impossible to detect this. That is, they do not ...
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How do Roman Catholics reconcile Acts 15:20 with transubstantiation?

I'm curious how a Roman Catholic Christian would defend the practice of transubstantiation in light of Acts 15:20 which states that Christians are "to abstain...from blood" (τοῦ ἀπέχεσθαι ἀπό...τοῦ ...
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Why do Catholics observe Eucharist every Sunday?

Many Protestant churches observe the Lord's Supper once a month and some do it very rarely. If I'm not mistaken, the Catholics celebrate Eucharist every Sunday. Why is Eucharist observed in Catholic ...
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On what grounds does the Catholic church reject sacraments of protestant denominations?

While there is a wide range of opinion among adult-baptism protestants as to whether a Catholic (or other infant) baptism is or can be considered valid, there seems to be (at least in my experience) a ...
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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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What's the name of the heresy that declares Mary Mother of God is a goddess?

Such heresy was condemned centuries ago by the Church, but I cannot remember its name.
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Why would the baptismal state of a spouse be relevant to whether someone can be confirmed in the Catholic Church?

I am currently going through the RCIA process and am 4 weeks away from being confirmed. I was just told by the priest that because my husband and I were married previously (neither in a 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 position on recreational marijuana use?

Several US states have passed voter initiatives to allow recreational marijuana use for adults. What is the Catholic Church’s official position on this issue?
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Why does Catholicism have priests but Protestantism does not?

The Catholic Church (and apparently Anglican or Episcopalian churches) have clergy with the title of "priest", as did Old Testament Judaism. Are Protestant "preachers", "reverends", "pastors", ...
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Is there a future for ecumenism? What is the main obstacle for Christian unity? [closed]

Since the founding of World Council of Churches and the closing of Second Vatican Council to this day we've seen openness from church leaders to re-examine what divides us and what we believe in ...
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Why did the Catholic church stop supporting Genesis creation?

I read that cardinal Ratzinger stated the story in Genesis 1 and 2 should not be interpreted as a literal account of the beginning of things. In spite of recent events like this, they have always been ...
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How old will we be in heaven?

William Lane Craig has argued that after the end of this world our bodies will literally be resurrected in a physical sense. We will then be united with our physical bodies. My question then is ...
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What if Israel had accepted Jesus as their Lord?

Reading Romans 11:11-12 Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. 12 But if ...
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What kind of ecclesiastical structure did Ignatius of Antioch discuss in his epistles?

There are approximately seven "genuine" epistles attributed to Ignatius of Antioch. I'm curious to know what kind of ecclesiastical structure he mentions in his epistles. If he discussed it, in what ...
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Has the Catholic Church outlined specific Biblical passages which should not be taken literally?

I feel humiliated when I ask people to explain Adam and Eve, Noah's Ark, and the temptations of Christ in the desert and people say something like "I'm bored by questions about Adam and Eve and Noah's ...
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Ecumenical Charismatic Catholics as compared to traditional Catholicism

I am asking someone who is a Catholic to explain the main differences between the beliefs of Ecumenical Charismatic Catholics and traditional Catholicism. I have done some research and found that some ...
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What is the difference between original sin and original guilt?

This is a question that every convert to Eastern Orthodoxy always asked. The question can be stated differently: Does the Catholic doctrine of Original Sin include Original Guilt? Fr. John Romanides ...
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How is the Catholic belief in Purgatory supported?

There is already this question on this site: What is the Biblical support for Purgatory? But I believe there might be more the the Catholic argument. We know that Catholics regard the Holy Tradition ...
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Is it wrong to say Jesus is the God of the Old Testament?

Is it wrong to say that Jesus is the God of the Old Testament? Jesus is God, the Father is God, and the Holy spirit is God. With this is mind, is it wrong to say Jesus is the God of the Old ...