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Veneration of the Blessed Sacrament is called latria, which means the worship due to God alone. Dulia is the worship due to the angels and saints. Hyperdulia, being the highest form of dulia, is reserved for the Blessed Virgin Mother. The ceremony where the Blessed Sacrament is adored is called Benediction. Read about its history here.


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In this answer to "Does God create some people Heterosexual and others Homosexual? [closed]", I sought out to answer that from Scripture Idolatry and demonic/evil spirits when men give themselves over to them are the cause of sins against nature, with those sins being a proof of paganism. According to the Church, Every man experiences evil ...


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I think the best example is Humanae Vitae. The commission appointed to study the issue (contraception) recommended some form for married couples. And of course secular society (and most Catholics) in the 60's wanted to see contraception approved. Nevertheless, through the influence of the Holy Spirit, Paul VI reaffirmed the traditional Catholic view of ...


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as long as the church has a bishop originating from the seat of st peter the apostolic succession in such a church is valid. for example in catholic apostolic national church priesthood is valid because the founder was a validly ordained roman catholic bishop.


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It is always helpful and useful to start with definitions From the "PENNY CATECHISM" under Grace and Prayer 139 What is Grace? Grace is a supernatural gift of God, freely bestowed upon us for our sanctification and salvation. 140 How must we obtain God's grace? We must obtain God's grace chiefly by prayer and the holy Sacraments. And From the ...


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In the last chapter, ch. V "The Relation of the Holy Ghost to the Divine Tradition of the Faith" (pp. 210-48), of Card. Manning's The Temporal Mission of the Holy Ghost, he shows how the Holy Ghost has preserved the Church pure, comparing it to the dissolution of other sects like Protestantism. Anytime the Church convenes a dogmatic, General Council (like ...


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I think that FMS has gathered most of the Magisterial references. Perhaps an example from pastoral practice can help understand what is meant by the "law of gradualness." Suppose that someone comes to me (a priest) seeking help confidentially because he has been pilfering money from work. Clearly, that is sinful behavior (it is stealing), and must be ...


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When John was arrested suddenly he doubts Jesus as Messiah. In Matthew 11:2-11 "Are you really the Messiah we've been waiting for, or should we keep looking for someone else?" This doesn't make sense. How should I understand it? John was the last of the line of Old Testament prophets. Mat 11:11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are ...


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Please allow me to present a different approach to the very good selected answer by @PeterTurner, and the other good addition by @MattGutting. In order to make a good confession, one of the steps for a Catholic is to make an Examination of Conscience.1 The section of that examination that may guide one as to what is/is not chaste behavior is e.g. this ...


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IMMANENCE Presence or operation within someone or something. Total "within-ness." As an operation, an immanent act begins within and remains within the person whom it perfects in the process. Thus acts of reflection and love are immanent acts of a human being. They may, of course, have effects outside the mind and will, but essentially they arise ...


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As far as I know, the Catholic Church hasn't made any statement about the origins of homosexuality. The best way to understand this perspective of homosexuality as a "disorder" is as a mental or emotional disorder. To be clear, the Catholic Church hasn't actually called it that, but that is similar to how it has been described, both in your quoted material ...


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In the beginning of John's mission, he seemed to think that God was coming in wrath to judge the wicked: When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? ... Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that does not bear good ...


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There are indeed things that the Catechism has to tell us about chastity; in fact, there is a whole section on it (Part Three, Section Two, Chapter Two, Article 6, Heading II) titled "The Vocation to Chastity". Chastity, we are told, is the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual ...


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The answer is Europe and the Faith by Hilaire Belloc. He consistently and logically argues that the fallacy that you bring up is a result of collusion between the the North Germans who think their ideas and philosophy are better than everyone elses and the English aristocracy who found it necessary (until WWI) to have a close philosophical and spiritual ...


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Orthodox bishops, priests and monks always remove their hats (of whatever kind) when praying. The Bishop removes his mitre at the Altar. Monks hang their klobuk over their shoulder or remove it entirely during the service. So the question seems to stem from ignorance, or not actually attending an Orthodox Liturgy to see what we do. Incidentally it is ...


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There are certainly many documents to either deny or to affirm any number of positions on the conduct of any denomination of the Church. Some may be true in any particular area, and be both good or bad depending on historical accuracy. In truth the Church has never been and never will be exclusive to any one Denomination. And to assert that there have not ...


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Probably because St. Mary Magdalene is thought to be the "woman," "a sinner" of Luke 7:37-38: And behold a woman that was in the city, a sinner, as she knew that he was set down in the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster box of ointment: And standing behind beside his feet, she began to water his feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs ...


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Athanasius has given a very thorough answer. For the less studious, let me give a simple answer: "Divorce" means ending a marriage. "Annulment" means declaring that no marriage existed in the first place. For example, if Mr Brown kidnaps Miss Green and forces her to go through a marriage at gunpoint, few would call this is a "real" marriage. If Miss Green ...


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The Catholic Church—since at least the time of Charlemagne, his tutor Alcuin of York, et al.—promoted learning, established parochial schools, and laid the foundations of the modern university. The Church is "the pillar and ground of truth" (1 Tim. 3:15). If the Church were obscurantist, then why do so many cathedrals have such beautiful artwork, which very ...


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I think, as is often the case, that in some times and places, the Church was co-opted by the Aristocracy. While the Church certainly had a vested interest in promoting learning, the Aristocracy did not. After all, Scripture is a revolutionary thing, and if the working classes (peasantry) became to well versed in exactly what the Bible teaches, they might be ...


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I kind of think the answer to this question is purely pastoral. It's not in any Encyclical or the Catechism, but the answer comes to a person who forms their conscience well and the Church has a lot of guidance on how to form your conscience. Seek first the Kingdom and the Will of God. Marriage (and the acts that follow) is what God calls man to most ...


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In Familiaris Consortio, (Latin roughly translated as "of family partnership"1, but titled in English On the role of the Christian Family in the Modern World), a postsynodal Apostolic Exhortation written by Pope St. John Paul II [the Great] and given on November 22, 1981, it appears that the saintly Pope set out clarify what is 'the law of gradualness' and ...


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Gradualism might just be an -ism St. John Paul II coined (like Personalism, which I prefer). The synod document, which is just a work in progress I believe, references familiaris consortio where the word gradual is used quite a bit. I believe it is little more than the notion that individuals are on a spiritual journey and meet Christ at varying points in ...


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The short answer is "no," an annulment is not a Catholic divorce. Although the term "annulment" has come into common use, it is somewhat misleading, since it makes it seem as if an existing marriage is "annulled" or "cancelled." In fact, Church law does not use that term, but instead contemplates a declaration of the nullity (or non-existence) of a ...


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If you are Catholic, and have the first marriage invalidated, then you can marry once more and participate in Holy Communion. http://www.archatl.com/offices/tribunal/drm_c.html


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Are there other, perhaps special situation, where such a Catholic - divorced and remarried - may be allowed to receive the Eucharist? No there aren't Unless a declaration of nullity [cf.entire Ch 1 (Art 1-7) Code of Canon Law] is issued on the prior marriage, and the current marriage convalidated. a. Epikeia and aequitas canonica exist in the sphere of ...


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In the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham (whose territory is Great Britain), the following apply. The document was issued under the name of the Ordinary, with the approval of the Holy See: The Distribution of Holy Communion In keeping with the Anglican tradition, it is highly commended that Holy Communion ...


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Receiving Communion on the tongue and kneeling has always been and still is the norm for Catholics. The founders of Protestantism (Luther, Cranmer, et al.) advocated Communion in the hand to emphasize, against Catholic teaching, that a consecrated Host is just bread (Deus panis factus). John Paul II wrote in Dominicæ Cenæ that To touch the sacred ...


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Yes, you could conceivably be married by proxy, via Skype. Can. 1104 §1. To contract a marriage validly the contracting parties must be present together, either in person or by proxy [per procuratorem]. There can be no online confession: Can. 964 §1. The proper place to hear sacramental confessions is a church or oratory. §3. Confessions ...


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In the US, what are the guidelines on how one should receive Holy Communion? Those who receive Communion may receive either in the hand or on the tongue, and the decision should be that of the individual receiving, not of the person distributing Communion. If Communion is received in the hand, the hands should first of all be clean. If one is right ...


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Here's the current practice in the USA: Baptism of children in the care of same-sex couples presents a serious pastoral concern. Nevertheless, the Church does not refuse the Sacrament of Baptism to these children, but there must be a well founded hope that the children will be brought up in the Catholic religion. In those cases where Baptism is ...


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One must profess the entirety of the Catholic faith to be Catholic (cf. Pope Leo XIII's Satis Cognitum). Same-sex parents, by their actions and example, intentionally violate natural law (children have a right to a female mother and a male father) and disregard the 6th precept of the Church ("To obey the marriage laws of the Church"); they are practically ...


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The reason indulgences are granted has more to do with the spiritual disciplines in the repentant sinner's relationship with Christ than with any ability of the Church to promise release from purgatory. If a person concerns himself with choosing rightly, prayer, scripture study, participation in the Church and the sacraments, he will become detached from sin ...


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Note that this is an old ritual that only makes sense in the context in which it was developed. The ritual is no longer used, no doubt in part because it seems very strange for modern sensibilities. A couple of clarifications are in order, first of all. Excommunication (and other ecclesiastical penalties) are, and always have been, "medicinal." Their ...


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The Roman Catholic Church recognizes not only Protestant Church marriages but also sees those marriages as sacramental in nature (Just like Catholic marriages) provided both Husband and Wife are baptized. The Roman Catholic Church however, looks upon non-Christian marriages as valid (for instance a Jewish, Muslim or Indian marriage). But, in the eyes of the ...


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Humans are indisputably biological beings, and therefore (like so many biological beings) indisputably sexual beings. God, having created us as sexual beings, "saw that [everything] was very good" (cf. Genesis 1:31). The Church has always held the official belief (whatever individual bishops, priests, and theologians have said) that sex as an act is not ...


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I understand that, today, the LDS Church does not teach that all non-LDS Christians are going to hell. However, in times past, this appears to have been precisely what was taught: The Book of Mormon indicates that there are only two churches, one true and one of the devil: "Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the Church of the Lamb of ...


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I am LDS. The LDS church does not teach that all other Christians will go to Hell. We believe that God is a just God and loves all of His children. That He wants all to return unto him. We believe all individuals are judged according to the light and knowledge s/he has received. The definition of "Heaven and Hell" is a topic of discussion I have been part ...


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Update 2 Wednesday, October 08, 2014: The error in an article by an author of an article on the Vatican website CANNOT be attributable to the Catholic Church. Summary of the findings so far Is there evidence that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS Church or, informally, the Mormon Church) officially teaches or has taught in the past ...


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Catholics The main requirement for a Catholic who has received First Communion is that the person must be in a state of grace (the person has been to confession since committing a mortal sin). As for divorced and remarried persons, non-marital intercourse is a mortal sin and divorces are not recognized by the Catholic Church so... The person must also ...


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Pope Pius VIII, Traditi Humilitati (# 4), May 24, 1829: “Jerome used to say it this way: he who eats the Lamb outside this house will perish as did those during the flood who were not with Noah in the ark.” Pope Gregory XVI, Commissum divinitus (# 11), May 17, 1835: “… whoever dares to depart from the unity of Peter might understand that he no longer shares ...


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God is always sovereign 1 Pet 4:12-13 (RSVCE) Suffering as a Christian 12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice in so far as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. The one who ...


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As a qualified New Testament scholar, I can tell you there are layers of meaning to this difficult parable, but the "nobleman" Jesus refers to here is Herod, not Himself. If you know something of Herod and the son Herod Antipas and their history, you would see that this is an exact prophetic description by our Lord in part to show his hearers their poor ...


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To say that from Apostolic times the Blessed Sacrament was reserved in the Tabernacle within a church would not be correct There is an opinion among some historians that in the early centuries of the Christian era, say from the first to the fourth, no provision was made to keep the Blessed Sacrament in the churches or in places where the ...


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This answer builds upon and expands upon Jayarathina's answer The following article does not include the reality though that Jayarathina brought up. This reality is that priestesses were common amongst the Pagan world, so for Christ to not have done so, it gives even more reason for why the Catholic Church does not ordain women (it is simply following the ...


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Bye has given you a great answer, that represents the best of Christian thinking on the subject. I'm going to give an answer from a very different perspective, but essentially saying the same thing, for no better reason than I feel like it. It's from the perspective of a scientist/mathematician. Let's assume the worst case scenario, which is that a) there ...


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@Lizzy Welcome to C.SE! These biblical verses sans footnotes come to mind Rev (RSVCE) 4 It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are chaste; it is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes; these have been redeemed from mankind as first fruits for God and the Lamb, Heb 8:11 (RSVCE) 11 And they shall not teach every ...


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Your consternation probably stems from the tendency we have of thinking of God and Heaven in Earthly terms. Even though Jesus did have a human form he is actually a Spirit who according to John 1:1 was in the beginning with God and was God. Sometimes it is easier if we think of Jesus physical body as clothing for the real Jesus which is a Spirit. The Deity ...


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Please see the link below. In a nutshell, at present the Church distinguishes between the writings attributed to her (which the Church acknowledges may have been done by someone else who then put Emerich's name to those writings) and Emerich herself, her life being one of extraordinary virtue (hence her beatification as a saint). ...



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