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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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How could David enter the congregation of the Lord when he was descended from Ruth the Moabitess?

I want to ask a question about Ruth the Moabitess and King David. Deuteronomy 23:3 An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall ...
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What do Christians/Christianity make of meditation? [closed]

I have heard one or two controversial comments from Christians regarding meditation and how it shouldn't be done, buddhist links etc. However millions of people around the world find this practise a ...
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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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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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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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Trinitarian Christianity and Numbers 23:19 - Was Jesus a man?

In a discussion about the trinity, I was asked about Numbers. I was completely stumped. Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath ...
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Discrepancy between Yahweh (Christian Bibles) and Eh-yeh (Torah)

I am currently working on a religious drama and outsmarted myself. I come to you for help. Growing up Jewish, I did not hear the term Yahweh until I was 14 in Western Civilization. "Well, you know, ...
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What is the Biblical basis for moral absolutism?

In this world of moral relativism, do any Christians make a scriptural (Biblical) case for moral absolutism? That is, how do they use the Bible to make the case that there is such a concept as ...
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How do Christians decide which biblical laws to retain and which to discard? [closed]

The Christian Bible contains a wide variety of laws and guidance covering a substantial range of topics. Modern Christians do not attempt to follow all of the laws and teaching. Some points are ...
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God's role after judgement day? [closed]

I am a non catholic. However, with the little knowledge I have on the bible I just want to know what God's role is after the judgement day? Do people need a God after they are in heaven?
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What is the difference between classical and revised dispensationalism?

I understand from Wikipedia and elsewhere that dispensationalism can be broken into three main categories: Classical (Scofield, Chafer) Traditional, revised, or normative (Ryrie, Walvoord) ...
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According to the Catholic Church, what did Jesus mean by saying that the least in the kingdom of heaven in greater than John the Baptist?

We read at Matthew 11:11 (NRSVCE): "Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he." What ...
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When omniscient God had a plan for Jesus, why did God think of killing everyone?

There seems to be a contradiction between these two verses. So the LORD said, "I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created--and with them the animals, the birds and the ...
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In Calvinism, why does free will to accept salvation seem to take away from God's glory?

Background: We are unable to accept Christ without His work in us. God gives every man, life, faith, breath, and everything else needed to come to Him. "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in ...
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In dispensationalism: Was gracious salvation through Christ an alternative plan

In the course of doing research in eschatology, I found this quote by the now deceased dispensationalist scholar, and Dallas Theological Seminary founder Lewis Sperry Chafer: It may be concluded ...
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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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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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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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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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How was John the Baptist , as a child, protected from Herod's soldiers?

At Matthew 2:16 (RSVCE) we read: Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, was in a furious rage, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that ...
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Zealot hypothesis for empty tomb

I have a naturalistic hypothesis for the empty tomb and the resurrection appearances. Perhaps Zealots stole Jesus' body and spread rumours that he was alive in Galilee in order to start an ...
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Understanding Jesus counter argument against the Pharisees (Luke 11:19 )

I don't understand the following counter argument by Jesus. And if I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? Luke 11:19 One viewpoint is that the Pharisees' students ...
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Have mormons stopped preaching door-to-door?

Some time ago I read an article such as this one (dated June 25th, 2013), that says that: Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Sunday that missionaries won’t be ...
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Why doesn't the Pope try asserting doctrines ex cathedra to check if they're true?

My understanding is that the Catholic Church teaches that when the Pope speaks ex cathedra, he is infallible, because what he says in such instances is divinely protected from error. There are a lot ...
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What specific good does Catholicism attribute to play and entertainment?

In cases where a leisure, entertainment, play activity is questioned for its morality, the moral analysis tends to hinge on at least one evil aspect of the activity—one that either glorifies an evil ...
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Did John Wesley reject the Athanasian Creed?

I've seen a few examples online of people claiming that John Wesley objected to the "hell" clauses of the Athanasian Creed, such as on the United Methodist Church website: United Methodists are ...
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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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Texts in Eastern services expressing ideas about the role of woman in child development

I have quite a specific question about the view of ancient Christians on the development of a child. I always assumed, that since the Ephesus Fathers considered being born of human woman as a ...
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Is Luke's label for Christianity - “the Way” - used in later Christian writings?

Christianity is referred to several times in the book of Acts as "the Way" (hē hodos), initially at 9:2: [Saul] asked [the high priest] for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he ...
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Using the Hebrew calendar is there a way to determine when the seventy seven's starts and ends?

Using the Hebrew calendar is there a way to determine the start and end of the seventy seven's. Will it end on a jubilee year, and how will that date translate to our current calendar, for example ...
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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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how are tarot cards,horoscope,and readings aginst God and scripture? [duplicate]

how is it that tarotcards and horoscopes and readings are against scripture? if one doesn't believe in them but uses for warnings or educational purposes,or fun? help! i have loved one that goes on ...
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Wouldn't the “spirit of Jesus” [mentioned in Acts 16:7] challenge the idea of the Trinity?

As seen here: http://www.studylight.org/commentary/acts/16-7.html ...and after they came to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them; If Jesus ...
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What is Church substitution doctrine?

Some denomination believe that the church is a substitute in the ends times.I am told this is called replacement theology. Can some explain what they substitute and what verse(s) this is based on? ...
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What is the Biblical support for a distinction between veneration and worship?

I was reading a question about icons, and this raised some questions for me. Catholic and Eastern Orthodox beliefs hold to there being a difference between worship and veneration. What is the ...
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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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The Jews were so offended after Stephen said that he saw Jesus “standing” at the right hand of God in Acts 7:55 that they stoned him. Why? [closed]

Jesus is pictured as "sitting" at the right hand of God, rather than standing, in most of the New Testament. But Stephen saw Jesus "standing" in Acts 7:55. Then in verse 58 they cast him out of the ...
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How has the ontological argument been used to explain the Trinity?

The basis of an ontological argument is the existence of an idea of a great God, of whom none greater can be imagined. However, we've heard many times that the human mind cannot comprehend the ...
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In Eastern Orthodoxy, how is an icon recognized as inspired?

In a discussion on imagery and icons, the Orthodox Study Bible says: Every image, or icon, of Christ has significant theological content. For it proclaims anew the Incarnation of God, who "became ...
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Were Jews allowed to sacrifice to the LORD at altars other than at the tabernacle and temple?

I am familiar with the references in Leviticus and Deuteronomy that legislated that the sacrifices were to occur only where the LORD had chosen to "put His name." He evidently had put His name with ...
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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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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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What is the general Baptist stance on pacifism?

In short: Are Baptists generally for or against going to war? It seems Baptists have a general freedom in their personal beliefs. Is there a general consensus on going to war or avoiding it?
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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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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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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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Do the notes in the NABRE accurately reflect the Catholic Church's understanding of biblical inerrancy?

The NABRE is largely a product of the Catholic Church, and it is approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. It's even available online at the USCCB website. So I was surprised to ...
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Why are psalms in the bible printed with funny spacing?

What is the significance of the awkward spacing (on the right below) when songs are printed in the bible? Is this spacing in the original scripts, or is it assumed by the translator somehow?

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