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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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When a Pope is Infallible The First Vatican Council's Pastor Æternus 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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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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That section of the Youth Catechism for the Catholic Church explains itself quite clearly. The quote you reference is the first line of the answer to the question: With Jesus Christ, has everything been said, or does revelation continue even after him? Including your quote, the answer continues on: In Jesus Christ, God himself came to earth. He is ...


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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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The Magi used their Magian astrology to recognize what was happening now. But astrologers use astrology to find out what is going to happen in the future. Note that Magi's saw Jesus in a house (Mat 2:11) not in the birth place of Christ. //It appears that the stars have a knowledge.// Stars do not have knowledge on their own. But God uses nature to ...


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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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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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No, there are not—at least not for contraceptive purposes. The Catholic Church has this to say about (artificial) contraception: Similarly excluded [from consideration as a moral act] is any action which either before, at the moment of, or after sexual intercourse, is specifically intended to prevent procreation—whether as an end or as a ...


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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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This means that the Magisterium of the Church is used to specify to the People of God and to the world how, exactly, the Word is to be applied to our daily lives: The Roman Pontiff and the bishops are "authentic teachers, that is, teachers endowed with the authority of Christ, who preach the faith to the people entrusted to them, the faith to be believed ...


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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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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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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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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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The current Catechism of the Catholic Church is what is known as a universal catechism; that is, a catechism intended to apply for, and meant for the usage of, the entire Catholic Church. The only prior published universal catechism is the Roman Catechism or Catechism of the Council of Trent, which was published in 1566 at the direction of the Council of ...


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Yes, there would be problems with that. The Church views "openness to having children [biological children of one's own, i.e. children conceived by the woman and the man]" as a vital part of marriage: The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own ...


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I believe this to be a valid Question because there can be confusion here. HUMANEA VITAE 11. The sexual activity, in which husband and wife are intimately and chastely united with one another, through which human life is transmitted, is, as the recent Council recalled, "noble and worthy.'' (11) It does not, moreover, cease to be legitimate even when, ...


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While I admittedly don't have a book citation for this, my experience (I've also worked as a cantor and have volunteered in different roles in a few different parishes and I've had three kids baptized) is that pouring is the norm. In addition to my experience of the actual rite, I will also point out that most baptismal fonts are simply too small for ...


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So the Catholic Church bases its beliefs on the truths revealed to it by God; that is, on Revelation from Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. This revelation comes in two parts: Scripture, which has been written down, and Tradition, which has been passed along by word of mouth. In keeping with the Lord’s command, the Gospel was handed on in two ways: ...


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No, the Church does not have a separatist attitude toward science. There have been periods in which, admittedly, some persons in the hierarchy of the Church have viewed the natural sciences with a certain suspicion (one thinks of the condemnation of Galileo), but such an attitude has neither been the norm nor is it compatible with Church teaching. ...


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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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How could a community be truly united without a "deep and intimate relationship with each of its members to its full extent"? Pope Pius XII discusses the Communion of the Saints in his 1943 encyclical on the Mystical Body of Christ, Mystici Corporis Christi: But, corresponding to this love of God and of Christ, there must be love of the neighbor. How ...


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The "'non-overlapping magesteria' model for the relationship between science and religion" is not Catholic. In fact, it is condemned as a part of the heresy of Modernism, what Pope St. Pius X called the "synthesis of all heresies" in his 1907 encyclical condemning Modernism, Pascendi Dominici gregis (my emphases):Faith and Science 16. Having reached this ...


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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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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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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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