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Protestants are those who protest the Catholic Church In course of time the original connotation of "no toleration for Catholics" was lost sight of, and the term is now applied to, and accepted by, members of those Western Churches and sects which, in the sixteenth century, were set up by the Reformers in direct opposition to the Catholic Church. The ...


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Are the Marian Doctrines explicitly mentioned in the Bible? The answer is "no". It is worth remembering, however, that every Christian believes something not explicitly mentioned in the Bible. We are thus brought to the interrelated questions of authority and interpretation. In other words, we must ask: Who has the ultimate authority to interpret ...


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Instances of popes being involuntarily deposed by conquering sovereigns and replaced with one sympathetic to that conqueror. A specific example is need to answer this question. Instances of contention over the papacy by two or even three popes simultaneously, accompanied by multiple colleges of cardinals and bishoprics. Ah, the Great Schism. At ...


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The idea of God within can either be explained rightly, or really badly. In the right understanding, Grace is the Holy Spirit entering us and infusing Divinity within us, making us a temple of the Spirit. Santifying Grace is partaking in Divinity, and can be understood as God placing Himself within us, to makes us Holy, for only God is Holy, so we must ...


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The first encounter with faith that a Christian experience is the faithfulness of a husband to his wife, a wife to her husband, and a father and mother to their child. When you rip this apart, you make children have a hard time understanding what faith is. Think about it: Jesus even uses the term "Father" to describe the "maker of Heaven and earth, of all ...


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I propose the term Ancient-rite Christians for what you are seeking. This term does not appear to be in current usage and while it may be obvious for some people what it refers to, that presents problems that are perhaps simply best avoided by just continuing to use "Catholics and Orthodox".


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Orthodox Christian is the closest I can think of, but wouldnt necessarily include Catholics. Orthodox Christians differ from Protestants in a number of ways including Salvation. http://christianityinview.com/comparison.html


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Luke 1:42 (here NIV): 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! If the title 'blessed virgin' has its origin here, the word 'blessed' means 'favoured' rather than 'on its way ...


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Spanish speaking Catholics do use that title for her. In Spanish, the prayer that Roman Catholics offer up to Mary starts with the words "Santa Maria.." literally "Holy Mary" or "Saint Mary". The same word ("Santa") is used for both meanings.


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The reason is probably because, according to Luke 1:48b, Mary states for behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. (RSV)


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The current, official Vatican list of popes from Peter to the present follows at the end of this answer. However it is not as simple as that, because to some extent it really only represents the Vatican politics of the present time. Christopher was listed as a legitimate pope (October 903 to January 904) in most modern lists of Popes until the first half ...


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I think the Biblical model of meditation is not to do with emptying your mind, but on filling your mind with the good things of God. There are plenty examples in Psalms: Ps 119: 15 I meditate on your precepts ... Ps 119: 97 Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Ps 77: 12 I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty ...


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The Magisterium has offered a number of guidelines for how to live the institution of marriage, so as to make it truly life-giving, and indeed a source holiness for married couples. The best “defence” of marriage is the witness of couples who have lived out their vocation in accord with God’s plan for them. The universal call to holiness The Church’s ...


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As a strong proponent of same-sex marriage, this might sound weird or difficult to believe at first, but I think I understand what you're asking here. I know several people who have (or have had) difficulties accepting equal marriage rights, in particular because they looked at those marriages from a religious perspective. I respect your viewpoint. I don't ...


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It is not only in a time like our own, but even at certain stages in a Christian's life, "the going gets tough". It is then not for the Christian to try to look for some sort of vademecum to refer to [there aren't any], but to remember that we are not to grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart. So for the laity, ...


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No there aren't [searched Canon Law, CCC, and Google] and one would expect this to be the case from this particular scripture: Luke 12:13-14 (RSVCE) The Parable of the Rich Fool 13 One of the multitude said to him, “Teacher, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or divider over you?”


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Since you distinguish "practical advice" from "theological aspects of everything", the latter by which I think you mean "faith & morals" [the competency of the pope], then by CCC 891 & 892, this does not require adherence to with the obedience of faith or religious assent. Since the Pope is Father, good children listen with profound respect to ...


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It is important to understand what 'Sin' is and how the Early church lived and what is the orthodox teaching. First of all, sin in greek means 'missing the target'; Sin has no existence at all. The Church Fathers are consistent in this regard. Sin is a disease it is a sickness that affects all ... "for unless we say the flesh was capable of receiving the ...


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Rev John O'Brien wrote in The Faith of Millions* that in the Middle Ages (1000's to renaissance) the Bible was chained in various churches so it would be accessible to the greatest number of people. He also says that St. Jerome, the Latin translator of the Vulgate (people's) Bible wrote words of encouragement that all should love and honor the Bible. ...


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"The problem" with consumerism, says a Christianity Today article, is "living to consume." Consumerism "defines our relationships and actions primarily through a matrix of consumption." In the encyclical, Pope Francis says that consumerism "prioritizes short-term gain and private interest." Similarly, this blog post by a Lutheran pastor states that ...


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"Now the devil tells Eve that she will not die and that she will gain the knowledge of good and evil. Which happens from what the Bible describes." So Eve is still alive today? She is not, she died thousands of years ago, despite the devil claiming she and Adam would not die. They both did, so the devil lied. I find it hilarious how certain people go to ...


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The very fact that it is obligatory for Catholics to make the sacrament of Confession at least once in a year, adequately explains that Confession does work in the form of a spiritual vaccination. After all, one can spend a year without committing mortal sins. So, what does one have to confess but for one's 'lesser sins ' and ideations ?


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For various pastoral reasons, primarily (as it appears) in order to reach a wider audience, Pope Francis wrote Laudato Si' in Italian (whence it was translated into Arabic, German, English, Spanish, French, Polish, and Portuguese). There may be a Latin version planned, but I can find no details of it. This is not the first encyclical, however, which was not ...


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Doesn't this set NFP to the same level as contraception? To the question "Whether it is a mortal sin for a man to have knowledge of his wife, with the intention not of a marriage good* but merely of pleasure?," St. Thomas Aquinas answered: …if pleasure be sought in such a way as to exclude the honesty of marriage, so that, to wit, it is not as a wife ...


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This sounds like a great question to ask on Catholic Culture but since that's not up, I'll give it a shot here. If therefore there are well-grounded reasons for spacing births, arising from the physical or psychological condition of husband or wife, or from external circumstances, the Church teaches that married people may then take advantage of the ...


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While having a sinful desire is not a sin by itself, to willingly dwell in such desires, however — by means of imagination, which amounts to actively listen to the Devil — is a sin. For instance, if you see an object of desire, and immediately are tempted to sin, there is no sin in this: but if you then indulge in imagining the sinful act, then it is a sin, ...


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Teaching Catechism to 12-15 year olds for the last ten years has ingrained in me the Moral Decision Making Framework, which might be a little... Non-academic for the tone of this question, but it seems relevant to me. You can see it applied in the Just War theory. It boils down to his three things. Circumstances Object Means In consideration of some ...


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Maybe clarify the question some. Like - "Are there any denominations that that prohibit divorce in the case of adultery?" In my personal experience and study, Outside of the Catholic church, I am unaware of any denomination that does not permit divorce in the case of adultery. Even in very conservative - fundamental churches, when a person commits ...


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Starting with Sacred Scripture, the old fancy Fr. Knox Bible available on New Advent says the kingdom of God is here, within you. [1] Luke 17:21 And that appears to agree with the notion that if you want to go looking for God you should start within yourself. But, lo, there is a footnote [1] ‘Within you’; the Greek might also mean, ‘among ...


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On the cover of Evangelii Gaudium it has the further description "Apostolic Exhortation on the Proclamation of the Gospel in today's world". Inside on the publishing page it says an "Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis Evangelii Gaudium". An exhortation is what it is FOR. An encyclical is what it IS.


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We must distinguish between the two limbos: Limbo of hell or of the Patriarchs (limbus inferni seu patrum)This is also known as Abraham's bosom. This limbo no longer exists (cf. "Reply to Objection 3" of this) because Christ has already descended into hell and brought those souls detained there to heaven during His Ascension. Limbo for children (limbus ...


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Yes, the Catholic Church does have a definitive eschatology. A good overview of it can be found in Arminjon, Charles. The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life. Manchester, N.H.: Sophia Institute Press, 2008.[Translation of the French original which greatly influenced St. Thérèse of Lisieux, as reported in her autobiography, Story ...


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The Church has always condoned asceticism and care for one's body. Indeed, this part of Tradition predates the Church itself and was observed amongst the Jews prior to Jesus' time. (also afterwards. Both have been, as far as I can tell, traits of devout Jewish persons across all times. Note that asceticism and voluntary poverty are not the same thing and ...


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Apostolic succession and Papal succession are not one and the same. Is the nature of apostolic succession meant to be an unbroken succession of valid popes? No. Rather the nature of apostolic succession is meant to be an unbroken succession of valid bishops. Not just the pope, but all Catholic bishops have unbroken apostolic succession. In other words, ...


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Speaking as a Protestant, I suggest that one of the main "sticking points"--if not the sticking point--between the Protestant and Catholic perspectives on the personhood of Mary can be traced to our differing perspectives on Holy Scripture. Generally speaking, Protestants (and particularly Evangelical Protestants, of whom I am one) consider the Holy Bible ...


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Here's what the First Vatican Council says regarding the perpetuity of the Petrine office (ch. 2 "On the Perpetuity of the Primacy of blessed Peter in the Roman Pontiffs"): That which the Prince of Shepherds and great Shepherd of the sheep, Jesus Christ our Lord, established in the person of the blessed Apostle Peter to secure the perpetual welfare and ...


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It has something to do with the understanding from the Church Fathers that the Son, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, existed before all ages, before the Mother of God. So, there was an old debate about Mother Mary in the Middle Ages, between Franciscans and Dominicans: Was Our Lady Sinless (The Franciscan point of view), or was she Maculate? (The ...


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It is typically assumed that when similarities are found between Christianity and another religion, whether in myth, dogma, or practice, the flow of influence is syncretism into Christianity. This tendency is largely due to the many instances of Catholic hagiology appearing much like myths from earlier pagan times before Christianity had heavy influence over ...


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You all could've found much better answers by actually reading what Thomas says about this: Summa th., III, q. 46, article 2. In point of fact, Thomas says that Christ's death was NOT necessary in the "simple and absolute" sense of the word, because, well: "Nothing shall be impossible with God" (Luke 1:37).


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There is no obvious basis for the Assumption of Mary in the Bible. Mary is mentioned a few times outside the birth narratives of Luke and Matthew: Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary... (Mark 6:3) Is he not the carpenter's son? Is not his mother named Mary ... (Matthew 13:55) Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother ... (John 19:25) ...


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The current Catechism of the Catholic Church is what is known as a universal catechism; that is, a catechism intended to apply for, and meant for the usage of, the entire Catholic Church. The only prior published universal catechism is the Roman Catechism or Catechism of the Council of Trent, which was published in 1566 at the direction of the Council of ...


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There is no Biblical basis to the Assumption of Mary. the Bible seems to be silent about it, and even the early fathers of the Church say nothing about it. It was an apocryphal belief established in the 4th century, and later added to Catholic canon in the 1950's. Although the Assumption (Latin: assumptio, "a taking") was only relatively ...


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St. Robert Bellarmine's De Romano Pontifice (On the Roman Pontiff), recently translated into English for the first time, treats the question "Should the Ecclesiastical Government be a Monarchy?" in book 1, chapters 5 through 9: The Second Question is Proposed; Should the Ecclesiastical Government be a Monarchy? That the Government of the Church Should ...


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To start, considering the definition of heresy as defined (in part) on the King James Bible Page on av1611.com, specifically A fundamental error in religion, or an error of opinion respecting some fundamental doctrine of religion. But in countries where there is an established church, an opinion is deemed heresy, when it differs from that of the ...


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And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land ye dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 25:15. We have no control over what others choose...only the choices we ...


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St. Vincent of Lerins, in his Commonitory lib. 1 cap. 2 n. 6-8, says to "follow universality, antiquity, consent." “Also in the Catholic Church itself we take great care that we hold that which has been believed everywhere, always, by all. For that is truly and properly Catholic, as the very force and meaning of the word shows, which comprehends ...


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The Church has been opposed to drugs at least since Saints Paul and John. The Greek word φαρμακεία (pharmakeia) can mean "drugs" or even "abortifacients," so Scripture certainly prohibits drugs, which includes those producing chemical abortions and potentially abortifacient contraceptives. In the following verses, the Rheims-Challoner translation translates ...


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Given the focus of the Catholic Church on the gospel of Jesus Christ, I think it is highly unlikely that the Catholic Church is preparing for alien contact. It is more likely that the speaker is trying to improve his credibility by associating himself with a trusted organization. Establishing a "galactic partnership" does not line up with the mission of the ...


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"Ideations" in the question "Can having 'ideations' to sin ever be mortally sinful?" could mean "passions of the soul," which are causes of sin. Now, can a sin committed through passion ever be mortal? St. Thomas Aquinas explains (Summa Theologica I-II q. 77 a. 8 c.): Mortal sin, as stated above (q. 72, a. 5), consists in turning away from our last end ...


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The Nicholson Cemetery in Delhi, India is a common burial ground for Christians of all denominations. One finds there a large number of ancient graves of British soldiers and officers . Many of those graves have the engravings of a structure resembling pine-cone. It is most likely that pine-cone was considered a symbol of resurrection in ancient ...



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