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The answer seems obvious: No Church could publicly back any government or foreign group that abuses human rights. Historically, the Church's stance may have been different behind the scenes, as most well-known recently in South America. However, Pope John Paul II issued a number of apologies for past wrongs, on behalf of the Church, and these should define ...


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In addition to Jayarathina's answer for the United States, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England & Wales lists For use in the Liturgy (that is, at Mass): Revised Standard Version Jerusalem Bible New Jerusalem Bible* New Revised Standard Version* Good News — may be used for Masses with Children Grail Psalter ...


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The King James Version is not accepted by the Catholic Church. Primarily because it is translated to fit Anglican theology. There is no Catholic edition of the NIV either. Not to mention these misses Deuterocanonical Books. Regarding NRSV make sure it is a Catholic edition. The correct bible that a Catholic is supposed to use is the Latin Vulgate Bible. ...


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I vote for family altar or home altar. The terms clearly communicate what they are referring to and Googling either terms give good results on web and image. They are differentiated from "Christian altar" or other kinds of altars found in churches by the adjective "home" or "family"


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I believe these are symbols of martyred apostles. Key: Peter Sword: Paul Axe: Possibly Matthew Trident: Thomas Jacob Prahlow has collected some research. Although an upside-down cross is associated with Peter, he was given the keys of the kingdom (Cf. Matthew 16:19) and the key is a very common symbol. Paul, a Roman citizen, was executed by ...


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The practice is entirely biblical. At the Last Supper, Christ took a single cup at the end of the meal and handed it round the apostles: Mt 26:27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” The ...


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I think you are misunderstanding the idea of a scientific theory being "true" until it's disproven. The scientific method progresses by people proposing theories about the universe and how it works. For a theory to be scientific, it must be falsifiable. This means that you can do an experiment that disproves the theory. For example I could have some ideas ...


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I don't know for sure who the Pope meant, since he did not give very many clues, but I think he was referring to Antonio Rosmini-Serbati (1797-1855). His writings criticising the church were placed on the Index during his lifetime, but he was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007. The biography fits the way that Pope Francis describes events, with the ...


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First off, Catholics do not believe Mary is "present in the icon" in the same way we believe Jesus is present in the Eucharist in a particularly physical way (the Eucharist, or physical incarnation of Jesus on Earth, is the only actual physical thing that Catholics worship to my knowledge). Though Mary, like all the other saints (and of course our omniscient ...


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We also have to consider that in the Italian language, blasphemous phrases are commonplace and generally regarded as standard verbal interjections in informal environments. It is therefore not so surprising that laws concerning blasphemy had a certain complexity in Italy, but eventually were completely decriminalized in 1999 (a good article describing how ...


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Mainly for historical interest, I point out Optatus, a bishop of Milevis in modern-day Algeria. In a work published some time around A.D.370, he wrote at length in opposition to Parmenianus, the bishop of Carthage and leader of the Donatist movement. Parmenianus claimed that there were six distinctive gifts of the true Church, and that Donatism possessed ...


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Honestly, I think this is as much a question about Italian culture as it is about any Christian belief. The Italian culture produced laws against blaspheming saints; in the USA there were sin taxes and then the prohibition movement. I'm not sure that the reasons why are directly Christianity-related. That said, one can point to common beliefs that ...


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Let's separate out the different issues: Is it wrong to say that Jesus is the God of the Old Testament? No, it is correct to refer to Jesus as the God of the Old Testament, just as it is right to refer to the Father and Spirit as the God of the Old Testament. One instance of this can be seen in Isaiah 6 where Isaiah sees Yahweh, and in John chapter 12, ...


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In Catholicism, the marks of the Church are that she is one holy catholic apostolic these words are taken from the second part of the Nicene creed, which is commonly prayed at every Mass and the tenents of which are generally accepted by mainline Protestant denominations. I think, but have very little basis for this thought, that Protestant reformers ...


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In 1870 Papal Infallibility was proclaimed an official teaching of the Church. However it was not declared an infallible dogma. But that is an issue of circularity. Furthermore, one of the two recognized invocations of the dogma of infallibility was made retroactively to cover the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, not to be confused with the Virgin ...


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The Catholic and Protestant traditions revere the Lord Prayer, which says in part: Matthew 6:12 "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." Immediately after telling His disciples to pray that way, Jesus gives us more details about forgiveness: Matthew 6:14-15 "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also ...


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The Catechism of the Catholic Church lays down some precepts: 2042 The first precept (“You shall attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation.”) requires the faithful to participate in the Eucharistic celebration when the Christian community gathers together on the day commemorating the Resurrection of the Lord.82 82 Canons 1246–1248 ...


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Yes. There are numerous accounts throughout the bible. Hebrews Chapter list the names notable characters; Able, Noah, Abraham, and others. The Apostle Paul's story is found the book of Acts. Reading the stories will give additional insight. Ezekiel 18;23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? ...


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The Catholic Encyclopedia article gives a good albeit old insight into canonical age. In those days 100 years ago and previous, confirmation was before first Communion. Nowadays in most diocese in the USA that's flipped around. The terms, age of discretion and age of reason are used to describe what is needed for a youth to fully understand what they're ...


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That is a really good question. The way I came to believe was line upon line, slowly. There was no burning bush. Hebrews 11 is an excellent chapter about Faith. Now Faith is a whole different topic. Basically, We don't see God, so we need faith, or a belief in something which is not seen but true. As for an account in the Bible about someone coming to ...


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Can someone knowledgeable please offer something of real substance to restore my faith? My heart goes out to you on several levels. Though "knowledgeable" is relative, I will share with you what is on my heart after reading your post. I, too, consider myself an intellectual man. I am studied and well-read. I am more of a cynic than a critic. Yet, in ...


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Heretic are they who restricting belief to certain points of Christ's doctrine selected and fashioned at pleasure. They believe not what Christ really taught, but the suggestions of his own mind. - (Summa Theologica - Second Part of the Second Part - Question 11) Schismatics are they who of their own will and intention separate themselves from the unity of ...


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A heretic is one who denies a dogma of the faith. A schismatic is one who refuses to be subject to the authorities of the church. (I'll leave soteriological consequences to others.)


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It totally depends on the church that issue the certificate. In many denominations - especially Baptists and other evangelical congregationalist denominations - the certificate itself is generated by the church secretary. It is not a legal form, even if it can be used as a proxy for a birth certificate in some circumstances. In a Roman Catholic church, or ...



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