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The origins of Roman Pontiffs carrying a Papal ferula or Papal Cross during certain ceremonies may in fact go back to a particular popular belief involving the Prince of the Apostles himself. According to legend St Peter gave his pastoral staff to St. Eucharius in order to raise the subdeacon Maternus from the dead! According to an ancient legend, he ...


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If an Orthodox spouse were to agree to a marriage ceremony in a Roman Catholic church (either before or after an Orthodox wedding), the Orthodox spouse would place themselves outside the Communion of the Orthodox Church - i.e. they would (knowingly or unknowingly) excommunicate themselves. If this was done knowingly, it would likely take a long time and ...


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1917 Canon 1244 (1983 Canon 1244) says: It is only for the supreme ecclesiastical authority to establish, transfer, or abolish feast days and days of abstinence and fast common to the whole Church. 1983 Canon 1245 says: Without prejudice to the right of diocesan bishops mentioned in ⇒ can. 87, for a just cause and according to the prescripts of the ...


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You ask why a divorce is a necessary precondition to annulment referred to henceforth by its correct title, Decree of Nullity. Why does the Catholic Church care about one's civil marital status? If my marriage is invalid, give me the annulment. Preface Faith, Hope, and Charity. Three virtues. This answer begins with the importance of Hope. ...


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Church law does not explicitly prohibit revealing that a given person has been to confession or not. Here are the relevant canons from the Code of Canon Law: Can. 983 §1. The sacramental seal is inviolable; therefore it is absolutely forbidden for a confessor to betray in any way a penitent in words or in any manner and for any reason. §2. The ...


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According to the Old Testament, man was created by YHWH. Genesis 1:26 KJV And God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." YHWH created Adam, the ...


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The ability to intercede on behalf of others is a gift given by God, and so He can give it to anyone He pleases. Here is how the Catechism of the Catholic Church describes prayer of intercession: Since Abraham, intercession—asking on behalf of another—has been characteristic of a heart attuned to God’s mercy. In the age of the Church, Christian ...


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“Nature” and “Person” are theological concepts that date back as far as the great Trinitarian and Christological debates of the fourth and fifth centuries (enduring at least until the Second Council of Constantinople in 553. These concepts were discussed in Greek; in that language, the terms employed were φύσις (physis, nature) or οὐσία (ousia, essence or ...


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As far as I'm concerned Catholic church have traditionally believed/taught anyone that dies outside the Catholic church is damned, even if they are Protestant. Have a look at http://www.catholicapologetics.info/modernproblems/ecumenism/nonsalus.htm Though there are plenty of Catholics that would say otherwise.


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Souls are children to God Almighty.God is for everyone. Mark 10:13-16 And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, "Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. "Truly I say to you,...


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As I understand your question, it deals with the identification of the medium of divine Revelation. I will divide my answer in two parts, providing some broader context in the first. Stages and structure of the medium of divine Revelation In the case of "sealed" views of divine Revelation, such as those held by Jews, Christians and Muslims, i.e. of a ...


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Here goes my own answer. Definition of person Adopting the definition of person by Boethius: "an individual substance of a rational nature", St. Thomas Aquinas refines it by stating that: "the individual substance, which is included in the definition of a person, implies a complete substance subsisting of itself and separate from all else (substantia ...


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why or how is it that Jesus' human nature is not a human person? Jesus does not assume an already-existing human person, as though there was a "human-only Jesus" before the Incarnation and a "human+divine Jesus" after the incarnation, with the "human-only Jesus" disappearing. St. Thomas Aquinas refutes this in Summa Theologica III q. 4 a. 2 ("Whether the ...


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Calmet recognized this. As it says in the Catholic Haydock Commentary for Luke 9:62: Christ seems here to allude to the call of Eliseus by Elias. The former was at the plough, and the latter called him. Immediately Eliseus quits his plough, runs with Elias's permission to bid adieu to his father and mother, sacrifices two of his oxen, roasts them with ...


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I will attempt to answer this question from a natural-law perspective (to complement Geremia’s excellent Scriptural analysis). The Church’s current teaching on drugs As the O.P. points out, the Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC] states the following in number 2291 (which I repeat for the reader’s convenience): The use of drugs inflicts very grave ...


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All creatures are good because God created them (Gen. 1:31). It's their immoderate usage which can be evil. Holy Scripture distinguishes alcoholic drinks, medicines, and harmful drugs. Alcoholic Drinks The drinking of alcohol, in moderation, is mentioned positively in: Proverbs 31:6-7 6 give strong drink to them that be sad, and wine unto them, that ...


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Heavenly members live love perfectly, while brotherhood is one of the various ways leading to perfect love. The way heavenly members live love is perfect and various at the same time. Perfect : living love perfectly means accomplishing Jesus statement about love in Jn 15:13 : there is no greater love than laying down one's life for the beloved. A heavenly ...


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In answer to user3512 redirected here from Which are the exact differences between catholics and Christians? I. "I think the whole bible is canon for all of them though, I've also hear that new testament can maybe be considered as a whole canon for Christians." Not exactly : Catholics entrust particularly the Gospel, within the new testament, as the record ...


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Quick run down: When I say 'non Catholics' I generally mean Protestants. "Christians believe in Christ while Catholics also believe in Virgin Mary and also on saints and adore their figures." - Catholics also believe in Christ but plenty of Catholics also believe that the way to Christ is via Mary, which non Catholics don't follow because its not in the ...


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The answer is given in footnote 51 of what you quote: Fourteenth Session of the Council of Trent (1551), "On the Most Holy Sacraments of Penance and Extreme Unction," ch. 4, "On Contrition": The Synod teaches…that…it sometimes happens that this contrition is perfect through charity, and reconciles man with God before this sacrament be actually received… ...


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Christ's New Law has abrogated the Old Law's ceremonial precepts (if Yom Kippur is even a ceremonial precept of the Old Law or an invention of Talmudic Judaism, which is a different religion than Judaism before the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D.). St. Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica I-II q. 103 a. 3 ("Whether the ceremonies of the Old Law ceased at the ...


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Obstinacy can be forgiven, like all sin, but only once it ceases. According to Catholic teaching, the fundamental condition for receiving forgiveness is repentance founded on supernatural love for God, sometimes called perfect contrition. (When repentance is based on something less perfect, such as the fear of punishment, then it is called imperfect ...


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Quoting the Catechism: 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 constitutive elements, of the morality of human acts. That a person may choose between NFP and ...


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Not only the Hebrews quote, but it is defined dogma in the Catholic Church that "immediately (mox) after death and, in the case of those in need of purification, after the purification" in purgatory, one faces his Particular Judgment (Benedict XII's Benedictus Deus). However, venial sins or temporal punishment for already-forgiven sins might still remain. ...


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Each and every one of the first Seven Ecumenical Councils are recognized as valid councils by the Catholic Church. No Roman Pontiff has ever decreed it otherwise. You will not find any Papal Bulls or any other decrees of condemnations on this point! In fact, any truly orthodox Catholic website will always list the first seven Ecumenical Councils in the list ...


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Based on your comments, I understand that you are interested if any sort of ontological arguments have been made for the existence of God in a Trinity; and not whether "The Ontological Argument" - usually assumed to mean the medieval argument of Anselm of Canterbury for the existence of God - has been used to prove that God exists in a Trinity. Oxford ...


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This is not really a question dealt with on an official basis by the Catholic Church, but it is fairly easy to answer. Pain is an example of evil, and evil, when one examines it fully, is not strictly speaking a “being;” rather, it is a privation or lack of being. This idea is summed up by St. Thomas Aquinas (not an “official” source of Catholic teaching, ...


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This is a loaded question like "when did you stop beating your wife?", as it takes for granted a counterfactual premise, specifically that Benedict XVI questioned the historicity of the crowd saying, "Let his blood be upon us and upon our children". But B_XVI did not question the historicity of the crowd gathered before Pilate saying that, but the ...


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The Catholic Church recognises the laws of the countries in which it is present. An information booklet issued by the Australian Catholic Marriage and Family Council for the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference - 'Getting Married in the Catholic Church: Frequently Asked Questions' - contains the following ...


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Within Roman Catholic doctrinal orthodoxy, one can hold either that the Incarnation would have taken place regardless of Adam's fall or that it would not. But if one adopts the former position, it would not be for the reasons mentioned by the OP. First, the Incarnation is an act (Incarnation "in fieri") that results in an enduring reality (Incarnation "in ...


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Within the Orthodox Church, there is no formal, centralized process for determining whether or not an individual should be included in the list of the saints. A good description of what is "required" is on the Orthodox Church in America website: While the glorification of a saint may be initiated because of miracles, it is not an absolute necessity ...


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The short answer is no. Not every saint is expected to have an incorruptible corpse. Although incorruptibility is recognized as supernatural, it is no longer counted as a miracle in the recognition of a saint (The Incorruptibles). Embalmed bodies were not recognized as incorruptibles. For example, although the body of Pope John XXIII remained in a ...


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The Catechism of the Council of Trent encourages separated spouses to reunite: Advantages Of Indissolubility Lest, however, the law of Matrimony should seem too severe on account of its absolute indissolubility, the advantages of this indissolubility should be pointed out. The first (beneficial consequence) is that men are given to ...


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The Days of the Week First, note that according to the Jewish calendar that the "day" begins in the evening, so that the "day" of "Friday" would comprise Thursday night, Friday morning, and Friday afternoon; "Saturday" would comprise what we call Friday night, Saturday morning, and Saturday afternoon; and "Sunday" would comprise Saturday night, Sunday ...


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I think you're misunderstanding a few of the issues; so let's get some background out of the way. The First Vatican Council was an ecumenical council of bishops of the Catholic Church held at the Vatican in 1870. A number of important issues were discussed, and some Church doctrine was formalized; perhaps the most important of these issues was papal ...


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Does God desire that all men be Catholic? The answer to the O.P. is fundamentally “yes:” the Church teaches that it is the Catholic Church—that is, the universal Church—and hence that God calls all people to be members. Lumen Gentium [LG], Vatican II’s dogmatic constitution on the Church, puts it as follows: All men are called to belong to the new ...


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God "expect[s] us to realize the truth of Christianity" through the Church that He founded, which is guided by the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Ghost.(cf. Cdl. Manning's Temporal Mission of the Holy Ghost) The reason Christ founded the Catholic Church is summarized in the Great Commission he gave to the Apostles (Mt. 28:19): Going therefore teach ye all ...


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TLDNR: It is already in our hearts it is only out of ignorance that it's has not been cultivated or pride that it has been denied To answer your question with a question: Do catholics believe you need to be Catholic to be saved and achieve eternal life... The answer: no Catholics believe in a basic moral law ingrained in the human soul. Even those who ...


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Yes, the Holy Father does bless rosaries and other items such as medals at the conclusion of Papal Audiences, the Sunday Angelus, and Papal Masses! The following is taken from The Pontifical North American College: At the conclusion of Papal Audiences, the Sunday Angelus, and Papal Masses, the Holy Father gives his Apostolic Blessing. This blessing is ...


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At the fall of the western Roman empire triggered by a Roman naval revolt in south east Spain opened the Mediterranean and it's north Africa bread basket to cutting by pirates caused famine in Rome, adding to plague, revolt in the army over devalued payment high taxes to support a large bureaucracy caused the fall of Rome in to smaller states, the population ...


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The key to answering your question is an exact understanding of the statement that Mary was sinless, which covers both original sin and personal sins. The absence of personal sins is clearly not relevant to this subject, because babies die. Thus, we have to focus on original sin, which has several consequences: Deprivation of sanctifying grace and charity. ...


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To answer the question of whether "the Genesis story of creation is consistent with the Big bang theory solely from a Catholic point of view" we must define exactly the Catholic point of view and the Big Bang theory. The Catholic point of view is stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, points 290, 293 and 296. By the first and last, quoted by Andrew ...


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Passions of the soul The OED defines "affection" as: I. Senses relating to the mind. 1. a. The action or result of affecting the mind in some way; a mental state brought about by any influence; an emotion, feeling. By "affection," it seems you mean what St. Thomas calls "passion" (passio) in his Treatise on the Passions (Summa Theologica I-II qq....


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Whether valid popes have been heretics It isn't necessarily true that Pope Honorius I was a heretic. St. Robert Cardinal Bellarmine, the great doctor of the papacy, defended several popes, including Pope Honorius I, against accusations of heresy in his work that is translated into English as Papal Error?: A Defense of Popes said to have Erred in Fatih (ch. ...


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Conditions for a valid pope male Catholic (not a heretic*) valid election *See Pope Paul IV's bull (encyclical) Cum ex apostolatus officio on how a heretical papal candidate would be invalidly elected. Who can judge the validity of a pope? Only a valid Pope is the supreme judge: Can. 1442 The Roman Pontiff is the supreme judge for the entire ...


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In the case of a disputed election, the decision is largely based on which pope is elected first, although this is not always the case. Eulalius was elected pope in 418, one day before Boniface I. However, through overconfidence, Eulalius flouted an imperial order and the emperor then recognised Boniface as the rightful pope, leaving Eulalius as antipope. So,...


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Pope Honorius I served from 625 to 638 when the Church was still undivided. At that time there was no doctrine within the Church of Papal infallibility and the Pope's place with respect to the other Patriarchs was understood to be first in honor, but he had no authority over any bishop outside the jurisdiction of the Roman See. These things were innovations ...


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Your raise a lot of interesting points that are sources of great controversy between different Christian groups, but I'll try to focus on your question: What is an overview of the theological differences that led to distinct approaches to unwanted State innovation and overreach in the West and East? I don't think there really was much distinction ...


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Although you are directing your question specifically towards Roman Catholics, I would point out that Eastern Orthodox also believe in transubstantiation as you define it, although different terms are sometimes used. So I will also comment on your question from an Eastern Orthodox perspective (to the best of my ability, God being my helper). In answer to ...



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