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Sorry, I can't really address this from within the Catholic Church either through membership or knowledge of, but it is entirely non-denominationally biblical. Perhaps the account of the visit of the wise men (Magi)in Matthew 2:1-12 will help: 1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from ...


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First a little anecdote from an 81 year old human, male by design and orientation. Met a lady once who was taught by her mother that using of two leaves of toilet paper simultaneously was both wasteful and environmentally inappropriate. Mother's wrath was unrelenting. Whenever she used two, her guilt was quite profound. She had inherited the definition: ...


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The history of Judas Maccabeus is an important one in this matter. It proves that the West is not right when it believes that grave sin, mortal sin, cannot be forgiven after death. The text of Maccabees demonstrates that it can. To give some context to the incident in Maccabees... What had happened was that many of the dead Jewish soldiers were found ...


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"1.2. It is a divinely revealed truth that sins bring punishments inflicted by God's sanctity and justice. These must be expiated either on this earth through the sorrows, miseries and calamities of this life and above all through death, or else in the life beyond through fire and torments or "purifying" punishments." "INDULGENTIARUM DOCTRINA" (Apostolic ...


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It is not wrong to say what you genuinely believe regarding the Old Testament, providing it does not conflict with the teachings of the Catholic Church. An element of the question is: Jesus is God, the Father is God, and the Holy spirit is God. With this is mind, is it wrong to say Jesus is the God of the Old Testament? According to Christian belief, ...


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at the "hour of our death" we may not be conscious or otherwise capable of any thought. this is when THEOTOKOS will pray for us, when we are unable to pray ourselves. the only basis i have for this is that i heard a priest say it in a sermon and it kinda stuck with me and it kinda made sense to me.


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"…pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death" has to do with asking for final perseverance, "the preservation of the state of grace till the end of life."


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Mark 12:17, draws a clear distinction, with government (Caesar) to be obeyed on matters of concern to the government and God to be obeyed on matters of religion (at this point there is no suggestion that the Church itself is to be obeyed on behalf of God): And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the ...


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Catholic funerals invoke powerful prayers for the dead. Other funerals may do so as well, and are potent inasmuch as they incorporate prayer to the Lord Most High. Prayer is profitable for the souls of the dead in Purgatory, but to say that it 'shortens the time' one spends there is misleading at best. Medieval Catholicism would be rightly understood as ...


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The point of this passage is that the petitioner is asking for Mary, Theotokos, to pray to her Son, Jesus Christ, to assist them at that time, and at their death. It is hoped that her prayer and support will assist with the life of the petitioner, and assist them with grace to meet the Lord with final perseverance and strength. While the process of death ...


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The Church's official view is that this sure is an important question, and you should probably go try and come closer to the truth of it through prayer, fasting, and participation in the Church. The most common verbalized approximation to an answer to this question is that Christ is both Fully God and Fully Man, but this, the Church confesses, is a poor ...


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Some background: what Purgatory is, and what it is not Before answering the question, it is necessary to understand exactly what the Church means by “Purgatory.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) says the following: 1030. All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; ...


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Does the Catholic Church teach that Jesus' human nature was created? It's perfectly Catholic and Orthodox to say that Christ the man is a creature. Because it's referring to one of His two natures, that's what incarnation about. Unless God became man we wouldn't be able to become deified, theosis. We're created, if He is not becoming us there is no Gospel. ...


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The Apostle Peter told us that many false religious teachers will come from within the church itself. 2 Peter 2:1 (NASB) But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon ...


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It is not wrong to say that Jesus is the God of the Old Testament because the New Testament shows that Jesus is active in the Old Testament times. Jesus was the Rock. 1 Corinthians 10:3-4 (NASB) 3 and all ate the same spiritual food; 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; ...


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Code of Canon Law, Book III The Teaching Function of the Church The Church, to which Christ the Lord has entrusted the deposit of faith so that with the assistance of the Holy Spirit it might protect the revealed truth reverently, examine it more closely, and proclaim and expound it faithfully, has the duty and innate right, independent of any ...


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I would reccommend that you contact the National Shrine of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, if you are in the US, as they could most likely help you. I have emailed them in the past at mail@marytown.com with questions. They have always been very helpful with either getting me the answers I seek, or sending me to someone else who will know the answer. If you ...


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It's not even the fullest part of the suggested course at most churches. The fullest part of what is normally suggested is that one either picks the name of a saint or a virtue (e.g. Patience, Chastity, Hope, Faith, Courage, Wisdom, etc.). A common and very-much-encouraged divergence from this is to choose someone in your life (typically a dead relative) ...


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First, I strongly recommend you read this article, which addresses this common concern among young Catholics. Addressing your specific question: Of course we can answer these questions! Any time anyone is in need of help we are, in fact, called to provide that assistance if we are capable. This is a fundamental part of Christian charity. Furthermore, ...


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I can't help you with the digital version; the closest things seem to be the selections of texts that can be found in some websites (for example, visit the site of the Missionarie dell'Immacolata). However, you might find some hard copies in specialized bookstores like this one, which defines its availability as "usually available for shipping in 2 weeks" ...


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I'm reading the Lenten Triodion, and in this particular version there is a forward by Archimandrite Kallistos Ware, where he states: Until the fourteenth century, most Western Christians [i.e., Catholics], in common with their brethren in the Orthodox East, abstained during Lent not only from meat but from animal products, such as eggs, milk, butter and ...


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The Catholic Church does not allow re-marriage (see Mt 19:6, Mk 10:9, Rom 7:2). The important question therefore becomes, "Was the first 'marriage' a true marriage?" If it was a true marriage, then the Catholic is clearly not free to marry, for you cannot marry again so long as your spouse is alive. If it was not a true marriage, then the Catholic is free ...


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Lutherans do not generally use the term consubstantiation. Nor do they use the term impanation. Impanation, by analogy to the Incarnation, would imply some kind of hypostatic union between the bread and Christ (just as between the human and divine natures in Christ), which is explicitly rejected by the Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord (6.38). The ...


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Every now and then I hear a non-Catholic Christian say, "Catholics are not Christians." Very often communication that is made to express emotion is taken as attempting to communicate fact and confusion ensues. This can frequently be seen in arguments between husbands and wives. I'd really like to know the thought process of those who say that "Catholics ...


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Evangelicals would say that there were faithful churches who kept the gospel before the reformation. I think there are two historical factors involved: Protestants recognise several movements of like-minded people before the reformation, such as the Lollards and Hussites. I think that Luther himself at one time admitted that his own beliefs essentially ...


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[Answering from the perspective of my Non-Denominational Evangelical Church] Evangelical Christians give a lot of emphasis on "Born Again Christian". As the Wikipedia article says, Evangelicals are Christians who believe in the centrality of the conversion or "born again" experience in receiving salvation, believe in the authority of the Bible as ...


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Amongst non-denominational evangelicals, a Christian is often regarded as being synonymous with someone who has been born again (regenerated) a la John 3:3 - Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” - John 3:3 NIV They regard regeneration (or 'getting saved') as something that occurs if and ...


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If you have knowledge of nothing you cannot know evil. You can not know right from wrong. You can only have faith that God is right and satan is wrong. If you have the ability to learn. You can learn to deceive. You can learn to play off the good faith of others and trick them into getting what you want. It was not the tree of knowing right from wrong. It ...


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The part of the question concerned with a sitting pope revoking or contradicting an infallible statement made by a previous Pope requires us to define carefully just which statements unambiguously qualify as infallible statements, and which do not. Not every papal pronouncement was seen as infallible. Michael Baigent says, in The Jesus Papers, page 13, that ...


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It simply means that Mary is blessed not only for bearing the flesh of Christ, but most of all because she heard the word of God and obeyed it. "Mary is more blessed in receiving the faith of Christ, than in conceiving the flesh of Christ. ... For his brothers, his relatives according to the flesh who did not believe in him, of what advantage is that ...


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Did Nero "sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself as though he were God" (1 Thessalonians 2:4)? Before Nero, was there "a revolt [αποστασια = apostasy] first," after which "the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition" (ibid. 2:3)? Cardinal Manning writes: St. Jerome, with some others, interprets this revolt to be the rebellion of the nations ...


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CC597 The historical complexity of Jesus' trial is apparent in the Gospel accounts. the personal sin of the participants (Judas, the Sanhedrin, Pilate) is known to God alone. Hence we cannot lay responsibility for the trial on the Jews in Jerusalem as a whole, despite the outcry of a manipulated crowd and the global reproaches contained in the apostles' ...


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The Catholic Church regards itself as bound by the words of Jesus, who is reported (Matthew 19:9) as saying: I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another commits adultery." On the face of it, this places the origin of Catholic annulment in the time of Jesus, limiting the purpose of annulment to ...


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The Pilgrim's Progress is a beautifully written book in the writing style known as allegory. On the surface it seems as though it is but an exciting adventure tale, but to those familiar with the Bible and Protestant theology, one recognizes immediately that there is far more to this story than appears on the surface, and it really serves the Christian as ...


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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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RCIA candidates who receive the sacraments of Baptism and First Eucharist at the Easter Vigil Mass also receive Confirmation at that time: Today in all the rites, Latin and Eastern, the Christian initiation of adults begins with their entry into the catechumenate and reaches its culmination in a single celebration of the three sacraments of initiation: ...


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In the first place: the pronoun "they" in Romans 1:27 does not refer to the Romans reading the letter, nor necessarily to anyone they knew. It refers back to the group described in Romans 1:18 as those who suppress the truth by their wickedness These may or may not have been actual specific persons; the New American Bible (the standard Bible to be used ...


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The official Christological view of Catholic Church is dogmatized in her twenty one Ecumenical Councils. Council of Florence in relation to the eternal procession of the Holy Spirit from the Father through the Son is indispensable for Catholic. In those councils, the same Apostolic faith passed down from the Apostles are kept. That the whole and only person ...


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The significant difference comes when you include gnomic disposition developed from Greek theology. St. Maximos the Confessor expanded concupiscence to be a property of our human personhood. It's a desire of will. Apart from grace this desire is predisposed away from God. This disposition of will missed the mark (in Hebrew hamartia). This is why St. James ...


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In Latin theology original sin does entails inheriting the burden of Adam's sin (in Latin reatum) referring to penalty (in CCC, stain of original sin) not guilt (lat. culpa). Therefore there is no substantial difference. People tend to conflate Protestant's original guilt into St. Augustine's original sin. With this being clarified there is no substantial ...


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Sometimes. Canon 1059 of the Code of Canon Law states: Even if only one party is Catholic, the marriage of Catholics is governed not only by divine law but also by canon law, without prejudice to the competence of civil authority concerning the merely civil effects of the same marriage. Therefore, the canons concerning marriage in the Catholic Church ...


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There are many responses being made such as Colloquy at Regernsburg in 1541, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification in 1994, and lately together with Evangelicals in Evangelicals and Catholics Together in 1994. The main purpose of this response is to bridge an ecumenical reconciliation between Catholic and Protestant groups. Council of Trent is ...


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This answer is a personal opinion, no more, but it is the personal opinion of an aging man who has read almost every word Lewis ever wrote, most more than once. When Lewis returned to the faith, he was doing what many do, looking for a spiritual home that was also a social orthodoxy. This can be seen if you read his memoirs, 'Surprised by Joy'. Shortly ...


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Aside from the underlying reasons the Protestant Reformers gave for calling the Pope the Antichrist, there is a more basic reason that the London Baptist Confession in particular says what it says. That reason is that the LBC from 1689 is more or less a Baptist revision of the earlier Savoy Declaration (1658), which was itself taken from the earlier ...


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The original sin is the sin that is committed by Adam and it's effects are all passed on to all of his offspring. Romans 5:12 (NLT) 12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. Here's the crux of the matter: Genesis 2:17 (NLT) except the tree of the knowledge of ...


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Calivinists adhere to the doctrine of total depravity and the original sin. Total Depravity - the state of complete lack of desire and ability to do anything for God's glory due to the affliction of the original sin. Romans 3:9-12 (NLT) 9 Well then, should we conclude that we Jews are better than others? No, not at all, for we have already shown ...


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The Bible tells us that God is spirit or spiritual (i.e. immaterial,incorporeal). John 4:24 (NASB) God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The Trinity is one God. Matthew 28:19(NASB) 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the ...


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The Church teaches that the human propensity to sin is a result of original sin: Following St. Paul, the Church has always taught that the overwhelming misery which oppresses men and their inclination toward evil and death cannot be understood apart from their connection with Adam's sin and the fact that he has transmitted to us a sin with which we are ...


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Roman Catholicism teaches that water baptism done in the name of the Trinity washes away all kinds of sins.This means that a baptized person is cleansed from all sins. There is 0% sin in the baptized person.They use the following Bible verses to support this teaching: Acts 22:16 (NIV) 16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and ...


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Put simply, the Nicene Creed states a belief in "one holy, catholic, and apostolic church," and the concept of an apostolic church (i.e., one in the apostolic succession as the Roman Catholic Church defines it, in which each bishop is ordained in an unbroken line reaching back to the Apostles) is key to which churches are capital-C Churches according to the ...



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