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According to Pope Benedict XV's encyclical Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum, a Christian is a Catholic who holds the faith in its entirety: … Such is the nature of Catholicism that it does not admit of more or less, but must be held as a whole or as a whole rejected: "This is the Catholic faith, which unless a man believe faithfully and firmly; he cannot be ...


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According to Pope Benedict XV's encyclical Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum, a Christian is a Catholic who holds the faith in its entirety: … Such is the nature of Catholicism that it does not admit of more or less, but must be held as a whole or as a whole rejected: "This is the Catholic faith, which unless a man believe faithfully and firmly; he cannot be ...


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When examining your conscience, as a Catholic preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation with a book like the Handbook of Prayers, you'll hit this bullet point under the First Commandment: Did I endanger my faith by joining or attending meeting of organizations opposed to the Catholic Faith (non-catholic services, the Communist Part, free-masonry, ...


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The Catechism of the Catholic Church has this to say on the Image of Man: 355 "God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them."218 Man occupies a unique place in creation: (I) he is "in the image of God"; (II) in his own nature he unites the spiritual and material worlds; (III) he is created "male ...


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Jesus says this to him to humiliate him (i.e., to make him humble). For example, St. Remigius commentates: This must not be so understood as though it were possible for God to cause that the rich, the covetous, the avaricious, and the proud should enter into the kingdom of heaven; but to cause him to be converted, and so enter. See the other Fathers' ...


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Jeremiah 31:31-34 English Standard Version (ESV) The New Covenant 31 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my ...


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The most common take on that passage (and the related ones in Mark 10 and Matthew 10) is the difficulty in being a disciple (or in the case of those two, the immense difficulty and challenge of being an apostle). In the notes for the New American Bible hosted at the Vatican's web site, there is a cross reference to Matthew 10:38-40. 38 and whoever ...


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There is no Church teaching that specifically regards making jokes about the Sacraments. In fact, the problem is not really in making jokes as such; the problem lies in speaking disrespectfully about the Sacraments. The key to understanding the Church’s attitude is recalling that the Church considers the Sacraments gestures that confer grace—in other words, ...


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St. John the Baptist, in John 3:30, demonstrates his profound humility as the Precursor to Christ. Another example demonstrating St. John the Baptist's profound humility is Mt. 3:11: …he that shall come after me, is stronger then I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear… The Catholic Haydock Commentary has this to say about John 3:30: Ver. 30. He ...


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It's worth noting that even though IVF is a bad thing, this has no spiritual implications for people conceived in such a way. God is a master of making lemonade from lemons (Romans 8:28). In fact, if you trace the genealogies of Jesus, you'll find that in the genealogy according to Matthew, Jesus is said to be descended from Solomon, and in the genealogy ...


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It is a good when a new person comes into existence; God still creates a rational soul out of nothing even for those conceived as a result of sin. But it is never moral to use evil means in the case of IVF: depriving a child of his or her right to be conceived in an act of marital love masturbation to obtain semen killing many people by subjecting them ...


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In heaven we will still love God above all things, even our neighbor. The order of charity—that is, of supernatural love—will endure in heaven; the love of God must remain above all, even in heaven. Mt. 22:36-40 says that the greatest commandment is to love God, and the second greatest is like (but not identical) to it: to love one's neighbor as thyself. ...


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Perhaps I'm out of line I am not Catholic but I would like to comment according to the bible just a thought and simply put the Scriptures say man was created in Gods image Genesis 1:26 so why would it not be possible what you're asking then again the Bible simply states God's thoughts are higher than our thoughts and his ways higher than our ways Isaiah 55:8 ...


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The Rule of St Benedict of Nursia lists 12 degrees of humility. Although his rule was written for monks of the sixth century, there are many insights of great value for practicing humility for the average Catholic. From the Holy Rule of St. Benedict, chapter VII. On Humility The first degree of humility, then, is that a person keep the fear of God ...


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In creatures, relations are extrinsic to the essence of the creature. For example, my essence* is humanness, but my relation to my father, mother, wife, friends, or even to God is not humanness; it's not my essence. However, in the Holy Trinity, the Divine Relations are the essence of God Himself. This is a consequence of the Trinity being supremely simple. ...


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I apologize in advance for the huge wall of text. I actually had to trim this down quite a bit to fit under the 30,000 character limit! My own research and analysis The first revelation (at least in the sequence they are presented in The Poem of the Man-God) to deal with God's creation of humans is part of the section titled Birth of the Virgin Mary. In ...


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The doctrines of Original Sin are of the highest level, de fide or "of faith."(cf. this table of theological notes, the proximity of truths to Divine Revelation) The following comes from Ludwig Ott's Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma. Denzinger numbers (e.g., D 788) are references to his Sources of [Catholic] Dogma, a collection of Catholic dogma from Councils ...


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According to Roman Catholicism, believers receive these gifts at baptism, which are then made more perfect by the rite of Confirmation. Consider the Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 1285, "The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace." For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are ...


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I believe the catholic church does disregard some of the requirements. I have baptized my godson ,but I am married,but not married by the church.so i do believe they do disregard the being married by the church rerequirement. I was asked to baptize another child in Mexico ,and the mother of the child was told in the catholic Mexican church that the ...


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I'm only a novice, but I have been researching this subject lately and I would be happy to provide you with what little insight I can. Different Catholic churches will have different positions on cessation vs continuation. Typically Catholic churches hold a view point of cessation, however, Pope Francis in particular has been increasingly accepting of ...


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Caveat to this answer: Both priests gave you better pastoral guidance than you'll receive on an internet Q&A site. No, that 100% target isn't a critical milestone for a neophyte, which is the state you'll be in at the Easter Vigil. (One year won't do that volume justice in any case). If you are "on board" with 97% of the 2865 articles you are ...


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1. When a Muslim objects to the teaching that Christ was crucified, what is their given reason that anyone ever attempted to crucify Jesus? I interpret this question to mean "What does Islam teach about why the Jews wanted to crucify Jesus?" and I will attempt to address that. If I have misinterpreted OP's intent then please let me know. In short, the ...


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The Ontological Argument First, the ontological argument focuses on proving the existence of God through reason(source). The proponent of this argument was Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109 C.E.). In a nutshell, this logical proof for theism says that the perfect being you can possibly imagine is none other than God. The other way to understand this is to ...


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Sin has consequences! "Sin has two consequences, or punishments (CCC 1472). The first is eternal punishment, in which the soul loses heaven and is confined to an eternity in hell. This punishment is remitted through the forgiveness of sins. The second is temporal punishment, in which a person must expiate, or make reparation for his sins. This temporal ...


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The ritual the O.P. is describing is a typical blessing of ordinary objects, of which there are many examples in the Shorter Roman Ritual, for example. (Keep in mind that there is no set “rite” for blessings of this kind—the ritual is indicative, not binding.) The blessing of a “normal” object does not turn it into a sacramental or (better said) a sacred ...


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There is so much that the two faiths have in common but I would simply state the 3 most important differences are: 1) Anglicans put Scriptural Authority as ultimate authority. R. Catholics put the Pope's authority as the ultimate authority 2) Anglicans believe that the Eucharist is a precious memorial to Christ and, at it's heart, a mystery. The R. ...


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Sacramentals can lose their blessing for a number of reasons. "Items lose their blessing or consecration if they are desecrated, if they are substantially broken such that they can no longer be used for their sacred purpose, or if they are publicly sold. If an item is sold by one individual to another for only the price of the material itself, that is, ...


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Your question really deals with that of all blessed objects. Holy water is a sacramental of the Catholic Church. Holy water should be treated like any other blessed sacramental object that is at our disposal! As Catholics, we are accustomed to having religious objects “blessed,” which signifies the permanent sanctification and dedication of an object ...


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Interestingly, a large number of people who accept the belief that St. Thomas preached in Kerala, India are non-Christians while the skeptics, sadly, are mostly Christians of various denominations and rites. For instance, the Travancore State Manual (Published in 1940) at Vol I Chapter-X Religion-Christianity (page 713) discusses the issue at length and ...


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Some shrines, like the Shrine of Padre Pio Chapel in Quezon City, distribute holy water in bottles for Catholics who want some. In Italy more or less all churches used to distribute holy water in bottles. According to my knowledge there isn't a correct way for using or for handle, the only thing is to use and treat with respect. Source: my knowledge. ...


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First you must understand that a religious order is exactly like an "enterprise" in the sense of a group of people teaming together toward some goal. All communities started as "startups", i.e. the founder, maybe a co-founder, a few early members and some advisors. They try to adress a problem, for ex. a social problem. Nobody believes in them at first, and ...


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St. Thomas Aquinas, in Summa Theologia II-II q. 83 a. 12 ("Whether prayer should be vocal?") c., writes: Prayer is twofold, common and individual. Common prayer is that which is offered to God by the ministers of the Church representing the body of the faithful: wherefore such like prayer should come to the knowledge of the whole people for whom it is ...


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Two simple answers to your question, but first a reference to recent papal encouragement to pray the Rosary: If the Pope insists on the recitation and meditation of the Rosary, it is because he knows the Church and mankind are facing great dangers, like the threat of a world war and the attacks against the family, that can only be stopped “through ...


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Monica, generally speaking, there is are typical pathways under which a person who wanted to set up a community of like minded individuals could do so and get some sort of ecclesiastical recognition for the community. The way it would be most likely to happen would be that the person recruits others to join his community, then seeks ecclesiastical ...


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While it is not an absolute requirement that Catholics be confirmed before they are married in the Church, confirmation before marriage is something the Church strongly urges. The Code of Canon Law states: Catholics who have not yet received the sacrament of confirmation are to receive it before being admitted to marriage if this can be done without ...


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I am a Catholic, born and raised. I lived in a home where we need to recite the Rosary every day except when we attend Mass on that day. If our work/school schedules are too tight we make it every Saturday. I would say from experience that no, merely reading it is not enough. I have to recite it regularly to remember it, at least for three months. How ...


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No What is the Church's definition of a holy relic? "A relic is something connected with a saint or blessed, including a part of their body (e.g. hair or a piece of bone), their clothing, or an object that the person used or touched." Relics are classified into three categories: First Class Relics: items directly associated with the events of Christ's ...


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In essence, the Church’s answer is, “We do not know,” and there is no way of finding out. There is no official Church teaching regarding this question. (For a summary of the Church’s teaching on the Incarnation and what it entails, see Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC] 456-483.) There is some room for speculation here, based on what we now know about ...


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In essence, care should be taken lest the Sacrament of Confession be confused with psychological counseling. A priest with a degree in psychology should be sure not to confuse the spiritual purpose of the Sacrament with the therapeutic purpose of psychology. Therefore, the proper procedure would be for the priest to instruct the penitent to bring up his ...


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Both the Gospel of Thomas and the Acts of Thomas are considered apocrypha by the Catholic Church and as such are not deemed to be part of the deposit of faith. No one can say with absolute confidence that St Thomas sailed to Muziris, India in 52 AD. Nevertheless both tradition and legend in this domain are believed by many of St Thomas Christians. Their ...


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Acts of Thomas is the earliest extant reference to Thomas’ journey to India and conversions of Indians. Keith Hopkins says in A World Full of Gods, page 154, the Acts of Thomas was written in Syriac, probably at the beginning of the third century in Edessa, Syria. R. E. Frykenberg says in 'India', published in A World History of Christianity, page 152, it ...


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The official Catholic doctrine on the matter is in accord with a commonly held belief among nearly all Christians that Jesus was conceived within a virgin, and that the process by which this occurred was a mystery and a miracle. The heresies of the Psilanthropists and Adoptionists are notable early exceptions, and modern criticisms of the doctrine come ...


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From my view, the simplest and most succinct biblical arguments against the Roman doctrine of transubstantiation are John 6:48 I am the bread of life. [RSV] and John 6:51a I am the living bread come down from heaven; [RSV] Now, since the doctrine of transubstantiation specifically provides that after the consecration, the substance of Jesus has ...


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Yes. The divine name applies to each of the persons of the Trinity. Matthew 28:19 is explicit that the name of the Trinity is one and the same. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Matthew 28:19 (ESV) The name of God tells us about God's very being ...


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According to holy text in The Lord's Supper we do not see any indicating to any miracle, so we can not say that a miracle was happened depending on guessing, to say This is my body, maybe can be understood symbolical way like I'm the door, way, You are a salt, This is Lamb of God, Did the Holy Spirit forget to tell us that there is a miracle?! like Cana ...


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The morality of an act depends on three things what is done (the object), why it is done (the intention) and the circumstances. 1750 The morality of human acts depends on: the object chosen; the end in view or the intention; the circumstances of the action. The object, the intention, and the circumstances make up the "sources," or ...


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The Tetragrammaton is not supposed to be pronounced, nor did Christians ever licitly pronounce it in the liturgy, according to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments's June 29, 2008, letter, summarized here: The letter from the Holy See explains that the Divine Name as revealed in the Old Testament, יהוה (YHWH), has ...


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St. Thomas Aquinas addresses the question "To whom should we give alms?" in Summa Theologica II-II q. 32 a. 9 c.: As Augustine says (De Doctr. Christ. i, 28), "it falls to us by lot, as it were, to have to look to the welfare of those who are more closely united to us." Nevertheless in this matter we must employ discretion, according to the various ...


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There are some obvious things that could be said about this question (the Bible citations for why anyone would do or not do these specific things are pretty easy). A few less obvious things to bring up with this question: Catholics (as do many Christians and non-Christians) value the virtue of prudence - it is not enough to know that a certain act is just, ...


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For the Catholic Church and other Nicene churches (the Eastern Orthodox, the Oriental Orthodox, the Armenian Orthodox, the Assyrians; as well as the majority of Protestants), the divine name YHWH (which is closely linked to the expression “I am” or “I Am Who I Am” (see Ex. 3:14), applies to God in His divine nature—hence to all three Persons of the Trinity. ...



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