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I don't have proof for my answer but I think the elected pope choses a name of a holy person whose personality he exceptionally likes or best describes himself. Look at Pope Francis and his vita for example. He's always shown his love for the poor as did Francis of Assisi.


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What was John's baptism? An academic paper from Colin Brown offers an answer by surveying the historical context of John's baptism, and the (scant) details we're provided about John himself. I'll attempt to summarize his key points: The traditional picture of John standing in a waist-deep river, trickling water over people's heads is 'a scene of pious ...


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Jesus was sinless and didn't need to be baptized by John as a repentance from sin. We know this because of the many places in scripture Jesus' sinlessness is confirmed. However, Jesus did ask John to baptize him anyway, even though John was aware that Jesus wasn't a sinful candidate, in that John knew Jesus' identity and what His purpose on earth was. ...


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It can never be fully solved because God is in the equation, and that is why it is also referred to as the mystery of evil. This article, Evil | New Advent, states the problem as, To what, then, is the evil of human life, physical and moral, to be attributed as its cause? But when the universe is considered as the work of an all-benevolent and ...


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The most prevalent answer to your question, by some would be original sin. but if we take a longer look at the passage in Mark, for instance: Mark 1:7 and 8 And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. 8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize ...


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Jesus' baptism was not a confession of guilt. He fulfilled the rite of baptism because He identified Himself as one of us, taking the steps we are to take. His life of perfect submission here on earth is an example to us. Matthew 3 (NKJV) 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” 15 ...


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As the Catholic Church understands the sacrament of baptism today, it has two purposes: Initiation: Baptism makes a person a member of the Church. Baptism is birth into the new life in Christ. In accordance with the Lord’s will, it is necessary for salvation, as is the Church herself, which we enter by Baptism. (Catechism of the Catholic Church ...


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Yes, it is an open question. Yes, it is a "solved" question. No, it is not an OR question. The question you are asking "Is Theodicy an "open" question or a solved one?" is based on a faulty premise. Namely, "open" does not mean "unanswered" or "unsolved" - it means one that is continually being investigated. Thus, the opposite of an "open" problem isn't ...


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It varies. For example, Benedict XVI chose his name after St. Benedict and Pope Benedict XIV. Pope Pius XII likely chose "Pius" because he is in the episcopal lineage of Pope St. Pius X. John Paul I and II chose theirs after the preceding John XXIII and Paul VI. Christ chose St. Peter's for him. ☺ Other than that, yes, "the names essentially [come] down ...


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The 1983 Code says: Can. 1024 A baptized male alone receives sacred ordination validly. The 1917 Code elaborates: Canon 968 §1. Only a baptized male validly received sacred ordination; for liceity, however, he should be outstanding in the qualities according to the norm of the sacred canons, in the judgment of the proper Ordinary, and not detained ...


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Can. 1041 The following are irregular for receiving orders: 1/ a person who labors under some form of amentia or other psychic illness due to which, after experts have been consulted, he is judged unqualified to fulfill the ministry properly; 2/ a person who has committed the delict of apostasy, heresy, or schism; 3/ a person who has ...


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A good example of “an annulment” that could be given on solid grounds would be if a woman were to “marry” (through no fault of her own) a man whom she later discovered to be a validly ordained priest. Since priests cannot enter into matrimony (canon 1972),4 the union between this priest and the woman was not a valid marriage. She would be given ...


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The Magisterium is not a group of people at all. The Magisterium is the authority that the Catholic Church claims, derived from the authority given to the apostles, to interpret Scripture and Sacred Tradition so as to maintain the true faith: The task of giving an authentic interpretation of the Word of God, whether in its written form or in the form of ...


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In questioning whether it is ever right to lie, there are usually two distinct questions: What exactly is a lie? Is it necessary to always tell the whole truth, or can you withhold the truth if needed? Is it always wrong to lie, or is it permissible to lie to prevent a greater evil? The classically debated case of this would be when a Nazi soldier comes to ...


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Does the RC Church believe the Pope teaches infallibly ONLY when he speaks ex cathedra (from the chair)? Roman Catholic teaching affirms that they believe their Pope teaches infallibly Only when he is speaking or teaching from 'the chair', ex cathdra. RCC has said ONLY when their Pope speaks from the chair, do they believe he will not err in doctrine or ...


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Ex cathedra is the means by which a pope defines dogma. Infallible means "not prone to err." The First Vatican Council says a pope cannot err when defining dogma. This does not imply he's prone to err when not defining dogma, nor does it mean he must speak ex cathedra to be inerrant. Encyclicals, for example, are inerrant; otherwise, the Church would ...


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What is Magisterium Magiterium is the Teaching Authority. CCC 93 "By this appreciation of the faith, aroused and sustained by the Spirit of truth, the People of God, guided by the sacred teaching authority (Magisterium),. . . receives. . . the faith, once for all delivered to the saints. . . The People unfailingly adheres to this faith, ...


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New Advent says the following on the new heaven and the new earth: [For the the elect], after the last judgment the new heaven and the new earth will afford them manifold enjoyment ... [and] accidental beatitude will receive some increase from the union of soul and body, and from the sight of the new heaven and the earth. cf. [ Heaven | New Advent]. ...


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Ex Cathedra – Latin for “from the Chair.” This refers to when a pope speaks infallibly from the Chair of St. Peter when he has fulfilled the conditions for an infallible pronouncement. It is heresy and mortal sin to deny an ex cathedra pronouncement of a pope, which is irreformable (unchangeable), since it constitutes the dogma that Christ revealed to the ...


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Dogma1 Dogmas are revealed truths which have been formally defined or proposed by the Church. For example, the Vatican Council (opened on 8 December, 1869) defined Papal Infallibility as "a divinely revealed dogma" when "the Roman Pontiff speaks ex cathedra [...]". Please note that the dogmas of the Church are immutable. [cf. Dogma | New Advent]. ...


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This answer takes from the article The Real History of the Crusades, by THOMAS F. MADDEN1 | MARCH 19, 2011 Crisis Magazine. 1. (At the time of the article) Thomas F. Madden is associate professor and chair of the Department of History at Saint Louis University. Has the record been set straight on the Crusades? No. Many historians had been trying to ...


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"Why doesn't the Catholic Church kill heretics anymore?" understood as "Why are convicted heretics no longer executed?" The answer appears to be in this article Heresy | New Advent. In the section Church legislation on heresy, the laws against heretics became more and more rigorous when Constantine had taken upon himself the office of lay bishop, episcopus ...


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The Catholic church stopped sanctioning these executions when State laws stopped sanctioning it. It is similar to how Jewish high priests stopped handing over Christian heretics to the state when the Romans made it illegal to persecute Christians. The influence of the Catholic church over the state declined starting with the French Revolution. In 1798 with ...


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Here's S.Th., I, q.46, a.2, ad 7, for reference: In efficient causes it is impossible to proceed to infinity "per se"—thus, there cannot be an infinite number of causes that are "per se" required for a certain effect; for instance, that a stone be moved by a stick, the stick by the hand, and so on to infinity. But it is not impossible to proceed to ...


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Write to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). That commission addresses doctrinal questions. From the profile page of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith E-mail: cdf@cfaith.va For an example, which is relevant to the current discussions in the Church, please see this CDF October 22, 2014 response to the Question of a French ...


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"In science, explanations are limited to those based on observations and experiments that can be substantiated by other scientists" reminds me of what Pope Leo XIII says in his 4 August 1879 encyclical on the restoration of Christian philosophy, Æterni Patris: And here it is well to note that our philosophy can only by the grossest injustice be ...


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I will give the Protestant view. Protestant: 1. Sola scriptura ("by Scripture alone"), 2. Sola fide ("by faith alone"), 3. Sola gratia ("by grace alone"), 4. Solus Christus or Solo Christo ("Christ alone" or "through Christ alone"), 5. Soli Deo gloria ("glory to God alone"). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_solae These are the 5 basic principles. ...


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Pope Leo XIII's 20 June 1888 encyclical Libertas ("On the Nature of Human Liberty") answers many of your questions. For example, §§19-21: …the growth of liberty ascribed to our age must be considered apart in its various details. And, first, let us examine that liberty in individuals which is so opposed to the virtue of religion, namely, the liberty ...


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This post from the National Catholic Bioethics Center explains the problems with gender reassignment pretty well. It explains the Catholic view is that gender is fundamentally a part of a human being's identity, and is bound up with both body and mind, not residing only in one. Properly understood, a person cannot change his or her sexual identity. For ...


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Pope Pius IX's 8 December 1864 encyclical Quanta Cura §3: For you well know, venerable brethren, that at this time men are found not a few who, applying to civil society the impious and absurd principle of "naturalism," as they call it, dare to teach that "the best constitution of public society and (also) civil progress altogether require that ...


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From a footnote of Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange's Essence & Topicality of Thomism: Some teach more or less explicitly that the material world would naturally evolve toward the spiritual, or that likewise the spiritual world would evolve naturally or quasi-naturally toward the supernatural order, as if Baius had been right. The world would be thereby in ...


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Catholics generally fall into three (not-necessarily-exclusive) camps regarding their questioning of Francis's orthodoxy and Catholicity: There are those who recognize Francis as a promoter of the errors and heresies of Vatican II. Very few faithful have enough time to study and read to understand this (Abp. Lefebvre's short Open Letter to Confused ...


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cf. Apostolic Constitution of Pope Paul VI Indulgentiatum Doctrina NORMS n.18—To the faithful in danger of death who cannot be assisted by a priest to bring them the sacraments and impart the apostolic blessing with its attendant plenary indulgence (according to canon 468, para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law) Holy Mother Church nevertheless grants a ...


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She is Mother of the Church because without her consenting to conceive of Jesus by the Holy Ghost in her womb, Jesus would not have assumed flesh (become man) and founded His Church.


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No, there is no reliable historical evidence to support such a claim. Before going into the question significantly, I should point out that the number of Baptists killed by the Catholic Church depends on how one defines "Baptist" - apparently, there are some who consider any early sect of Christianity which did not practice infant baptism to be a ...


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"Augustine says . . . (Enchiridion lxxxiii) that 'he who dies in a state of obstinacy is guilty of the sin against the Holy Ghost,' and (De Verb. Dom., Serm. lxxi) that 'impenitence is a sin against the Holy Ghost,' and (De Serm. Dom. in Monte xxii), that 'to resist fraternal goodness with the brands of envy is to sin against the Holy Ghost,' ...


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The History of Romanism by John Dowling published in 1845 is where the statistic probably comes from as it's pretty much a verbatim claim. Unfortunately, the footnotes on page 542 say that: No amount of computation can reach the number -History of Romanism Page 542 - footnote#1


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It does seem unlikely, that number is supposed to be representative of a period of about 1,200 years, but even over that period of time you'd still have to kill at least 114 baptists a day to reach that number. There's always a high estimate and a low estimate when calculating casualties, my initial assumption is that 50 million is the high estimate, and may ...


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I think you're looking for Hosea 4:6a: My people are ruined for lack of knowledge! This is part of a longer tirade against the priests of Israel, whom Hosea saw as leading Israel away from God (Hosea 4:1–6): But let no one accuse, let no one rebuke; with you is my dispute, priest! You will stumble in the day, and the prophet will ...


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The article the original poster referenced itself has a link that explains reasons why Pope Francis may have decided to concelebrate Mass with Fr. De Paolis and kiss his hand. For the benefit of readers, here is a summary of the analysis offered by this article: Possibility #1: Pope Francis did not know about De Paolis’ pro-gay activism In the first ...


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From this @AthanasiusOfAlex's answer to What would happen if the Pope were to abuse his power? | ShemSeger, the Church's 'expertise' is Divine Revelation and the binding she binds her Children is in matters of faith or morals. True science - for example true science as regards the theories of Evolution and the Big Bang - does not fall under the authority of ...


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In his 22 October 1996 Address to the Plenary Session on the Subject ‘The Origins and Early Evolution of Life’ Pope St. John Paul II [the Great] said , 'he wanted to remind [those addressed] that the Magisterium of the Church has already made pronouncements on these matters within the framework of her own competence.' The Pope went on to cite two ...


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A quick Google search provides a link indicating there is (perhaps intentionally) no official authoritative declaration on the subject, leaving "no burden upon conscience". To quote, [The advantage of Catholics] lies in the simple fact that they do not have to decide either for Evolution or against it. Authority has not spoken on the subject; hence it ...


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My answer is, the New Covenant or Testament in Christ and the canon books that explain it do not have any scripture condoning homosexual attraction, homosexual relationship and especially not homosexual marriage. The New Testament clearly states homosexuality is against God's plans and rules for marriage and sex. When speaking about marriage in Mathew, ...


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There are scores of differences even among protestants, and as well among Catholics alike. First is whether there are demons. The Bible says yes but many Ps and Cs say no. Then there is degrees. Ps, especially Charismatic ones, like to differentiate between where the demon is. Is it "in, on, or around", as some put it. Cs who have a belief in the ...


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From this article by Got Questions Ministries, who describe themselves as "Christian, Protestant, conservative, evangelical, fundamental, and non-denominational", the answer to "How do we distinguish a psychological disorder from demon possession?" is The short answer to this question is that the Bible does not speak to distinguishing between demon ...


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The official catholic teaching is that a person who is a Catholic by virtue of having received the Sacraments of Baptism or Confirmation in the Church remains a Catholic unless or until he or she deliberately and voluntarily repudiates the Church. As a separate matter, a Catholic is bound by Canon Law to follow with Christian obedience those things ...


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First of all, it's important to understand that the Catholic Church does not believe that there has been, nor will be, any new public revelation from God since the Ascension of Jesus; Jesus was "God's Last Word", the full and perfect Word of God. (Perhaps this is what you meant by saying "the Catholic Church believes that there is no direct revelation from ...


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Under Respect for health in Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2291 the Church teaches The use of drugs inflicts very grave damage on human health and life. Their use, except on strictly therapeutic grounds, is a grave offense. Clandestine production of and trafficking in drugs are scandalous practices. They constitute direct co-operation in evil, ...


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Catechism of the Catholic Church 963 referencing Lumen Gentium 53 says, "She is 'clearly the mother of the members of Christ' . . . since she has by her charity joined in bringing about the birth of believers in the Church, who are members of its head." Lumen Gentium 53 The Virgin Mary, who at the message of the angel received the Word of God in her ...



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