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The Church has always condoned asceticism and care for one's body. Indeed, this part of Tradition predates the Church itself and was observed amongst the Jews prior to Jesus' time. (also afterwards. Both have been, as far as I can tell, traits of devout Jewish persons across all times. Note that asceticism and voluntary poverty are not the same thing and ...


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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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The Church has been opposed to drugs at least since Saints Paul and John. The Greek word φαρμακεία (pharmakeia) can mean "drugs" or even "abortifacients," so Scripture certainly prohibits drugs, which includes those producing chemical abortions and potentially abortifacient contraceptives. In the following verses, the Rheims-Challoner translation translates ...



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