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The immediate answer is "No, it is not scripture." Scripture is scripture and adding to it or subtracting from it is a no-no. As to "Does it have the same authority as the Bible?" Well, I suppose the answer is "authority for what?" For some things the authority of the Catechism is superior (certain areas of theology are only hinted at in the Bible). It can ...


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Catholic Church believes that Faith does not contradict science. Though faith is above reason, there can never be any real discrepancy between faith and reason. Since the same God who reveals mysteries and infuses faith has bestowed the light of reason on the human mind, God cannot deny himself, nor can truth ever contradict truth. Consequently, ...


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When a Pope is Infallible The First Vatican Council's Dei Filius said, under Pope Pius IX's authority, regarding papal infallibility: …we teach and define that it is a dogma divinely revealed: that the Roman Pontiff, when he speaks ex cathedra, that is, when in discharge of the office of pastor and doctor of all Christians, by virtue of his ...


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I must preface this with the fact that I'm not an expert on this subject (meaning the Catechism, not masturbation). However, the text itself seems to show very clearly that it's the intention that matters ("in order to derive sexual pleasure."). Clearly, ejaculation isn't required, merely the act of beginning (or continuing) something that is pleasurable. ...


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I'm trying not to give an answer that's purely a quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, but the matter is discussed so well there that there isn't much I feel I can add to it: 816 "The sole Church of Christ [is that] which our Savior, after his Resurrection, entrusted to Peter’s pastoral care, commissioning him and the other apostles to extend ...


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For the same reasons as the councils before it, the Council of Trent was held to address current heresies and prevent schisms. Councils are held for the unity and benefit of the Church. Specifically, the Council of Trent was organized and held to address the budding Protestant Reformation and was part of a series of events and actions by the Catholic Church ...


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According to Catholicism, the Catechism has the same authority as the Bible, its existence is borne out of the same body of folks who brought you the Bible as a compilation of revealed truth in the first place. However, it can't be conisidered a substitute for the Bible and no, it's not scripture any more than the Evangelical Councils were scripture. It ...


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There is no official Catholic division of Ten commandments. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: The division and numbering of the Commandments have varied in the course of history. The present catechism follows the division of the Commandments established by St. Augustine, which has become traditional in the Catholic Church. It is also that of ...


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Benedict XVI said that Genesis is based on a myth Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, in his 1995 book, "In the Beginning ...: A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall" (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, $13), has expressed well the view I am espousing here. He writes: "It has become clear that the biblical creation ...


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The Catechism answers the questions (as ever!): 1035 The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity. Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, “eternal fire.”615 The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God, in whom ...


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First, the history of the catechism is substantially longer than just 19 years! The catholic catechism dates for hundreds of years - one of the earlier "official" ones was promulgated in 1566. Catechizing has been a long-standing practice (arguably, God told the Israelites to do that when He told them to write His law on the door posts and tell it to their ...


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Here are a few verses that support this: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8 NIV Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but ...


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I asked this to a presenter in our diocese's catechist training program. She said that the writings of the Council of Trent (1545-1563) were primarily used. I guess that just helps Warren's answer. Before that, I'd imagine we just looked at stained glass and/or frescoes...


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The Catholic Church's defense, if there is any that is required, comes from the Sacred Deposit of faith = Sacred Scripture + Holy Tradition. One would look at what the Church has taught, consistent with the deposit of faith, throughout the ages. One such teaching is from Pope Leo XIII in Providentissimus Deus the Encyclical on the Study of Holy Scripture ...


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I think that Mal 3:6 answer this question straight forward: But because I, Adonai, do not change, you sons of Ya`akov will not be destroyed. (Mal 3:6 CJB) For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. (Mal 3:6 KJV) As Barnes says in his commentary: I am the Lord, I change not - , better, more concisely, ...


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No, it would not be justified. If papal infallibility was not true and well-established, then defining infallibility ad-hoc in 1870 would have been mortally dangerous for the Church. At that point, there had been 255 popes over the course of about 1800 years. Note that ex-cathedra is not a label; it is basically a clear statement on a particular topic, ...


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I think there's two questions here: What is the "Glory to the Father" prayer? and What is the proper way to pray for the dead? The "Glory to the Father" prayer is a doxology and is a traditional way to end a prayer or series of prayers. It's prayed at the end of each decade of the Rosary and at the end of each psalm in a psalter such as the Liturgy of ...


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Simply to add to the answer given by Geremia... It is quite possible to consistently believe that "outside of The [Catholic] Church there is no salvation", and square it away with some of the more inclusive statements that Popes have spoken recently. For consistency's sake one must believe this statement in the same way that Catholics believe the following ...


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I'm Catholic, but I don't know what a Maronit is. One thing about fasting that people often forget is the reason we do it in the first place. If you just do it because it is the rules, it will not benefit you at all. Sundays and feast days are not actually part of Lent, so you don't have to fast. I have not heard anything about not drinking water. I would ...


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There are many inaccuracies and omissions (listed roughly from worst to less worse): The piercing of the side of Christ didn't show blood and water spewing out! Mary Magdalen was constantly a tag-along with the disciples: when they were in the tempest in the sea and even during the "laying on of hands" after the Resurrection! Mother Mary was not in the ...


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Various specific prayers have, as Peter Turner explained, indulgences attached to them, and various prayers have become customary in praying for the dead, but there's nothing to prevent a Catholic from praying for the dead (or for any other purpose) in whatever words he wants. I often say a very brief prayer of the form "Father, please bring [name] to ...


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Dogma's are declared in the Catholic Church when they become necessary. They are de fide or "of the Faith" going back to the Apostles, but not declared until there is a need to say them in a legal way. That could be because there are many asking questions about the subject and it needs clarification. i.e. papal infallibility was always a part of "the ...


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The answer, I think, is straight out of the "training manual" for filtering and interpreting the Catechism: Inculturation of the faith, under certain aspects, is a linguistic task. This implies that catechesis respect and value the language proper to the message, especially biblical language, as well as the historical-traditional language of the Church ...


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Dogmas and doctrines were written down from very early on. Denzinger's Sources of Catholic Dogma is an excellent collection of important dogmas, ordered chronologically.


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Here's my contribution to Wikipedia on this subject: St. Thomas Aquinas, the most prominent Doctor of the Roman Catholic Church, writes that masturbation is an "unnatural vice," which is a species of lust like bestiality, sodomy, and pederasty, and that "by procuring pollution [i.e., ejaculation apart from intercourse], without any copulation, ...



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