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What was/is different about the way the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate celebrate the Novus Ordo Mass?

I've been reading a little too into some recent Churchy news about the Pope "imposing an oath" on a Franciscan group I had heard nothing about. I don't want to cast aspersions on the Holy Father in ...
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What is the difference between Hell and Lake of Fire? [duplicate]

The answers on this question "Heaven/Paradise/Sheol, Hell/Hades/The Lake of Fire" are not clear enough regarding difference between Hell and Lake of Fire. And the sea gave up the dead which were ...
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Why John the Baptist compared holy spirit with dove?

As with reference to the John 1:32 And John gave this witness, saying, "I saw the Spirit coming down from heaven like a dove and resting on him". Why did John the Baptist compare the holy ...
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Is dressing oneself in formal attire on Sundays (Sunday hat and dress) solely an American Christian custom?

Before I start, I realize that this question is related to another question. However, this question is more concerned about the custom of wearing one's "Sunday best", which usually means a nicely ...
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Where in the Bible does it mention that God mourns with us when we mourn?

Where in the Bible does it mention that God mourns with us when we mourn? I have heard this from the philosopher Peter Kreeft, and some others as well. I would like to be pointed to the biblical ...
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Is manhood defined in the Bible? [closed]

I have recently started reasearching the differences and similarites between religion's and their definitions of manhood. I was very interested to find that this question had not been previously asked ...
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Who was the first to describe Methodists as the “People of the Extreme Center”?

I've heard Methodists describe themselves as the "People of the Extreme Center". It gets used to mean that Methodists take the center road on a lot of issues. But I would like to know where the ...
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Why are all angels masculine?

Nowhere in the Bible are angels feminine. If angels are messengers from God, why do these messengers always manifest themselves as masculine? Is it because they assume the gender of their Divine ...
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Is song a critical component of worship or something that we've just borrowed from example?

As a follow-up to this previous question: What is the biblical basis for singing in church? Would worship be incomplete without song? Though their are examples of worship through song in the bible ...
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Is there any methodology according to Bible to drive out demons from possessed people?

There are numerous instances in the Bible where Jesus drives out demons from people who were possessed by them. If we take a general view of these events during the ministry of Jesus, we find that ...
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How does Christianity define idolatry?

How does Christianity define idolatry which is prohibited in the 2nd of the ten commandments? Is there any general consensus among the different branches or are there different opinions? What are the ...
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Can Catholic works of ‘satisfaction’ (prayer, fasting, etc.) for the removal of temporal punishments of venial sin be credited to others still alive?

Here is what I think I understand: A Catholic believes in something called penance that is understood as a sacrament by which forgiveness of sins (committed after baptism) is granted through the ...
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When and why did the modern Young Earth Creationism movement gain such a large following?

Flimzy, in his answer here points out that Historically, Jewish and Christian scholars have not considered the creation account to mean a 6 literal day creation. The earliest scholars to even ...
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How did Reformed Theologians view works-based “Heavenly Rewards”?

I am currently reading Erwin Lutzer's "Your Eternal Reward". I also watched MacArthus's "Eternal Rewards and Motivation". Now, I know that Reformed theologians believe: salvation by grace, not works ...
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Is there any theological work on our experience of natural beauty as believers?

I was wondering if there are any verses in the Bible that speak about the Christian's experience of natural beauty? Or even any theological work would be nice to read. I came across this quote in a ...
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What is the origin of the Church potluck?

When I was being ordained in the Baptist Church, I was asked to write out a statement of faith. The point was to outline one's theology, but many of you know me well enough to know by now that I ...
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Is it valid to baptize multiple persons at once?

To take an extreme example, if a person is on a plane that's about to crash, and she wishes to perform a baptism that is valid according to the Catholic Church (and therefore valid according to the ...
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Who believes that the misfortunes of Jews are a result of “God's curse” for their killing of Jesus?

In this answer user Mike made the following statement: For the curse they put upon themselves was later brought to pass in the actual destruction of their nation which occurred in 70 A.D. Their ...
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Is the main battle of the enemy for the mind? [duplicate]

Pastor stressed in the last sermon, the main battle between us and the enemy (Satan), is for the mind. If it is, what hope is there for people with severe mental illness like schizophrenia, bi-polar, ...
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Do preterists who profess the two-age model believe that Jesus is still with us?

Many preterists (full or partial) hold to the two-age model of eschatology (the Jewish age ended in 70 A.D., ushering in the Gentile age). How do preterists reconcile this perspective with Jesus' ...
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Before the fall of Adam, did anything die?

This seems like a simple question, but I cannot find a clear answer. The book of Genesis (1:29,30), implies that Adam just ate "plants and herbs". So I think it is safe to assume animals were not ...
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Do Jewish people go to heaven?

I believe some prophets of God, such as Moses and Elijah, are in heaven, yet they lived and died before Christ came. How is this possible? What does this mean for the other Jewish people?
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Status of the New Testament in the Church of the East in the ancient times

Which books from the current New Testament were used in the ancient Church of the East in, say, Mongolia in the days of Genghis Kahn? The books in the New Testament were fixed after the Church of ...
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If miracles stopped after the Apostles, then why are there admonitions to pray over people?

There are a number of groups who believed that after the time of the Apostles, God withdrew miracles from the world (please correct me if that is the wrong understanding). But the book of James ...
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At what level of detail does God lead His children?

It seems that some people worry and pray about every aspect of their life, while others only sweat the big stuff. For example, I doubt any believer does not pray about whether they should marry a ...
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What is the status of St Malachy's prophecy within Catholicism?

As might be well-known to some, and perhaps especially to Catholics, the name of Saint Malachy, a former Archbishop of Armagh, is often associated with the Prophecy of the Popes. Much of the recent ...
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Justification of Offertories according to the Regulative Principle of Worship

I was in a church today that considers itself to hold strictly to the regulative principle of worship (that which is not explicitly commanded for public worship in Scripture is implicitly condemned) ...
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What's so great about the Canticle of the Sun?

A few years ago, I tried to explain to the 7th-8th graders in my catechism class how awesome St. Francis was. I told 'em about him giving up all his stuff and rebuilding the Church etc... but, for ...
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What biblical and historical support is there for the practice of child communion.

About seven years ago my wife and I (who are childless) left our old church and set out to find the best church we could in the area. We ended up in a church that practices paedo (child) communion. ...
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Do the temples need cleaning?

I find a lot of church practices wrong and I always feel I have joined the wrong family, and fear my salvation will be affected in the end. Is it right for selling and buying to go on in or around ...
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Did Lucifer have any chance? [closed]

When Lucifer defied God he must have thought he stood a chance of winning. Did he? And if not how is it he didn't realize that?
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Why did John Wycliffe oppose papal authority in the 14th century?

He's been called the "Eosphoros of the Reformation", but how did he come to realise that it was the Bible which spoke against papal authority above government authority?
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When is the end of the Christmas Season for Latin rite Catholics?

When does Christmas really end for Catholics? I know it starts different for most Eastern Orthodox, but for Latin Rite Catholics, like myself, I don't know when it actually is supposed to end. At the ...
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Does ex opere operato apply to infants?

"Ex opere operato" says that a person must have the proper disposition and desire in order to receive graces through sacraments (correct me if I'm over simplifying this). Does this not apply to ...
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What do Orthodox Christians mean when they talk about the Real Presence in the Eucharist?

The Orthodox Church is one of several denominations that teach the Real Presence, but they don't all have the same understanding of this doctrine. What is the Orthodox understanding?
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Does the Orthodox Church accept Gay marriage and why?

Some say that it is "okay" some say that it is not, but these are just opinions. What does the Orthodox Church thing about that, and how do they deal with it?
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How did “credibile est, quia ineptum est” become “credo quia absurdum”?

The quote "Credo quia absurdum" (I believe, because it is absurd) is ascribed to Tertullian. But Tertullian never wrote this: what he wrote (De Carne Christi, V, 4) was "Prorsus credibile est, quia ...
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What rules does the Catholic Church have for venerating crosses/crucifixes on Good Friday?

Each year on the Good Friday service at my parish we venerate the cross, but I really wish it were a crucifix, and I've wondered why we don't have one for that purpose. I've been trying to find one ...
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Why did God not want man to have the knowledge of good and evil?

When God created man, he created him with the fore knowledge that man would eat from the forbidden tree, and even with the knowledge that man would bring sin into the World; God created the tree in ...
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Use of “the LORD” in Old Testament names

Many traditional Hebrew personal names contain a reference to God in their meaning. For example the name יְהוֹשֻֽׁעַ׃ Joshua means 'Yahwah is salvation'. But what about Yahwah itself [יְהוָ֨ה] ? Is ...
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Is “Worship Pastor” a new term?

From Wikipedia article "Worship pastor" A Worship Pastor usually refers to a person in some Christian churches, largely in North America, who ministers within the church via music performance, ...
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Reconciliation of all things

God unveiled to us through apostle Paul His plan... Colossians 1:20, NASB to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether ...
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What is the basis for the doctrine of the Trinity in the Book of Mormon?

The Community of Christ--formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints--is a rather unique branch of Christianity in that it stems from the LDS Church, recognizing the Book of ...
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Why didn't Mary tell Joseph what Gabriel had said to her?

From Gabriel's visitation of Mary in Luke 1:26-38, ending with this famous line: "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May your word to me be fulfilled." Then the angel left her. And also ...
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How are prayer and asking the saints to intercede distinguished?

The Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches encourage us to ask the dead saints to intercede for us. To quote from Software Monkey's answer to another question: First off, it's useful to understand ...
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Do Protestants believe that “Our Father” is on par with “Our Mother,” or is Jesus strictly invoking a male symbol only?

According to some people calling God 'Father', without adding that God is also Mother, unfairly exalts one image for God above all others and ignores the culturally conditioned nature of all our ...
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Why (and when) did the Apostles stop requiring exactly twelve apostles? Why was James not replaced?

In Acts 1:12-26 we read the story of how Matthias was chosen to replace Judas. This kept the number of apostles at Twelve. Sometime later, James, the brother of John was murdered (Acts 12:2). James ...
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A little more about natural law, the rules and punishment within natural law?

There are some things about the natural law (in Christian perspective), which I do not understand. If I have understood it right, then the natural law is based on our conscience, like everyone know ...
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What is the history behind Angelus prayer?

In Roman Catholicism the faithfuls are supposed to say Angelus prayer thrice a day and at designated time of the day. When and how saying of Angelus came into being and what is the history behind it?
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When Meister Eckhart deliniates the “ground” and “powers” of the soul, what is he differentiating?

I'd like to know where to look for scholarly articles that could help elucidate unclear points in ancient writings. For instance, Desert Fathers speak a lot about "heart", "spirit", "mind", ...

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