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Catechism of the Catholic Church The Image of God 1701 "Christ, . . . in the very revelation of the mystery of the Father and of his love, makes man fully manifest to himself and brings to light his exalted vocation." It is in Christ, "the image of the invisible God," that man has been created "in the image and likeness" of the Creator. It is in ...


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Catechism of the Catholic Church IV. Hell 1034 Jesus often speaks of "Gehenna" of "the unquenchable fire" reserved for those who to the end of their lives refuse to believe and be converted, where both soul and body can be lost. Jesus solemnly proclaims that he "will send his angels, and they will gather . . . all evil doers, and throw them into ...


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This article What is a Demon? by Fr. José Antonio Fortea Cucurulla, a Spanish writer, and a Roman Catholic priest and exorcist of the diocese of Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), speaks of what the angelic fight, a fight between spiritual beings, was all about: Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and ...


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Is Catholicism the only religion to uphold the indissolubility of marriage? One might rather say that Catholicism is one of the last denominations to cave in to the social pressure for easy divorce. Consider a spectrum of reasons for divorce. Insanity where ones life is threatened Physical abuse Sexual infidelity Drunkeness, laziness, failure to support ...


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I feel that this question can be answered without a list. Honestly I learned throughout many leadership courses in the Navy that the only foolish question is the one that remains unasked. Therefore I feel that at least a Scriptural answer to this question may be appropriate. In our culture today many see divorce as a positive solution to a troubled marriage. ...


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God's plans are centred around the father glorifying the son and giving him a kingdom and a bride. We can see this in a few passages from the NT: In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also ...


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The "good work" that one can do by eating fish on Fridays is penance. Perhaps it's hard to understand if you love fish and abhor meat, but that's not the case for most people. The following lines contain an excerpt of Keeping Friday, from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops: Jesus invited to carry the Cross and do penance for the good of the Church ...


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The answer Dick Harfield provided is also echoed in paragraph 841 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Also from Nostra Aetate The Church regards with esteem also the Moslems. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all- powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth,(5) who has spoken to men; they take pains to ...


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According to Catholic teaching and theology, can man ever see God as he really is? Not in this present life, when the soul is united to body. St. Thomas, in addressing the question "Whether in the present state of life the contemplative life can reach to the vision of the Divine essence?," quotes St. Augustine, who says in his Literal Interpretation of ...


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The Dogmatic Constitution On The Church (Lumen Gentium)1, promulgated by the Catholic Church on November 21, 1964, acknowledges in chapter II.16 that Muslims worship the same God as do Catholics, adding that Muslims profess to hold the faith of Abraham. This last is a carefully neutral statement that, in itself, makes no judgement about other aspects of the ...


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One of the core distinctives of deism is that its adherents do not believe that the deity either gives special revelations or performs miracles. As both of these are major parts of Catholicism, I don't think it makes any real sense to say that deism is embedded inside Catholicism. Instead they just share some beliefs, such as human rationality and that the ...


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While I agree with Dick, I might suggest that you review the passages your child is reading in the NIV and compare them with the same passages in the version you are using (or that your Pastor or Parish Director of Religious Education recommends). You might also find this an opportunity for quality time with your child by reviewing the passages together.


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The NIV Bible does not contain the Deuterocanonical Books, which for study purposes should do no harm. It also does not contain Catholic material such as Additions to Esther and Daniel, and these differences could cause some confusion. Finally, all translations involve 'interpretation', although a young child is unlikely to notice the occasional subtle ...


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Piety has its own good manners.1 To that end, the Church establishes norms for the proper gestures and postures of the Congregation at Mass. Even though it says in the section Reception of Communion: Make the sign of the cross after you have received Communion. - Source: Gestures and Postures of the Congregation at Mass | adoremus.org. I am yet ...


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Though not a Catholic, something @MattGutting said struck me as particularly important and pregnant (no pun intended) with meaning. He said, "Thus, God the Father is THE Father; the Son proceeds from him, and the Spirit from both. St. Thomas Aquinas, in the Summa Theologica, gives a philosophically dense discussion of the topic in the 'Treatise on the ...


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Q. Is in vitro fertilization morally admissible for Catholics? A. Not only is in vitro fertilization not morally permissible for Catholics, but also any and all other procreation apart from morally and permissible sexual relations. From the passage quoted below (Just because one can do something does not mean that they are [morally] allowed to do it): ...


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Jesus had two fathers. One was Joseph, his earthly adoptive father. The other is the Father, his heavenly father (and ours as well). He had no earthly biological father. That is the distinction. The Father is not Jesus' earthly father in any sense whatsoever. The person of Christ is eternally begotten of the person of the Father. That doesn't and didn't ...


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Following @FMS' comment, I've completely rethought my answer. It helped that I discovered that (as usual) St. Thomas Aquinas was there before me. He wrote about the question in the Third Part of the Summa Theologica, Question 32, Article 3. Your question is brought up (more or less) in Objection 3 of this article: Further, God is called our Father by ...


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Jesus was begotten BY God, THROUGH the power of the Holy Spirit. He was not begotten by the Holy Spirit, so the Holy Spirit is not His father. (See John 3:16) Since God has a body, He would have had to have sex with Mary to impregnate her. But then she wouldn't have been a virgin. However, since the Holy Ghost does not have a body, he could do the job on ...


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Regarding the promise to Abraham: Christians consider themselves to be the (spiritual) descendants of Abraham, certainly as it applies to inheriting the promises of God to Abraham. This is based on passages such as Matthew 3:9, Luke 3:8, Romans 9, and Galations 3:7. Therefore the passage you quote is taken to mean that God promises to protect Christians ...


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The enemies are spiritual, not temporal. This can be inferred from v. 73-4 The oath which he sware to Abraham our father, that he would give to us that without fear being delivered from the hand of our enemies, we may serve him. The oath is from Gen. 22:16: By my own self have I sworn, saith the Lord: because thou hast done this thing, and hast ...


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The main issue the Catholic Church will probably have with Emanuel Swedenborg is that the doctrines revealed to him does not describe the Trinity as three distinct persons, but rather as different aspects of the Divine in the one person Jesus Christ. According to the revelations, the Trinity of three distinct persons was not known in the early church, and ...


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The Catholic Church has always divided the year into seasons during which specific aspects of the mysteries of Christ's life were celebrated. Before the Second Vatican Council, the Church began its liturgical year with Advent, beginning on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and running through Christmas Eve. The season of Christmas was next, running through ...


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The second century church father Irenaeus was probably the first. Against Heresies: Book III Chapter XI-Proofs in Continuation, Extracted from St. John's Gospel. The Gospels are Four in Number, Neither More Nor Less. Mystic Reasons for This. It is not possible that the Gospels can be either more or fewer in number than they are. For, since there are ...


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By tradition only one validly ordained bishop is sufficient for an valid episcopal ordination. However the presence of two more bishops this is seen as symbolical to the collegiality of the episcopate. Also it has a practical side to it, that is the church is undoubtedly assured of the validity of the ordination, as three bishops participateSee note 1 in an ...


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The Catholic Encyclopedia article "Symbolism" says claims they were prominent in "the art of the early Middle Ages": For the Evangelists there have been used from very early times certain conventional emblems — a winged man or an angel for St. Matthew, a winged lion for St. Mark, a winged calf for St. Luke, and an eagle for St. John. All these are taken ...


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The souls of those who died before Christ (who were in the Limbo of the Fathers (limbus patrum) or "Bosom of Abraham") were conducted to heaven at Christ's Ascension. Addressing the question of "Whether Christ's Ascension is the cause of our salvation?," St. Thomas Aquinas writes: …He took to heaven the souls of the saints delivered from hell, according ...


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The Ordinary time is a period within the Church's liturgical year that does not celebrate like Christmastide (25 of dic.- sunday after epiphany) or Pascha(Easter sunday-pentecost), nor is penitential like advent(4 sundays before Christmas-24 of dic.) or Lent(Ash Wed.-Holy Saturday). It is a period of Hope and growth in Christ. It occurs two times, the first ...


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This Catholic World News article is the closest I've seen to an "official" pronouncement regarding his kissing the Koran: At the end of the audience the Pope bowed to the Muslim holy book, the Qu'ran, presented to him by the delegation, and he kissed it as a sign of respect. The photo of that gesture has been shown repeatedly on Iraqi television and it ...


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From the Haydock Commentary: Ver. 26. Though there were other holy women standing by the cross, he takes notice of none but his mother, teaching us, by this, what we owe to our parents. For although it is our duty to disown them, when they place obstacles in our way to salvation; yet when they do not thus impede us, we owe every thing to them, ...


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The book that the pope appears to be kissing looks like no Qur'an I have ever seen. The symbol on the cover is enough like that on the cover of my own copy of the Qur'an (no I am not a Muslim), but does not seem to be identifiably Islamic. The problem with identity is that the 'book' looks more like a binder or outer cover - when you zoom in, it seems to be ...


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Another approach During the Liturgy of Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the LORD there is the RENEWAL OF BAPTISMAL PROMISES. Quoting from the DAILY ROMAN MISSAL According to the Roman Missal, Third Edition (my emphasis): When the Rite of Baptism (and Confirmation) has been completed or, if this has not taken place, after the blessing of water, ...


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Renunciation of the Devil in the Baptismal Rite is believed to be of Apostolic origin. The first explicit record of the use of this formula comes from Tertullian, where he says: "When we are going to enter the water, but a little before, in the presence of the congregation and under the hand of the president, we solemnly profess that we disown the devil, ...


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Patricia Sanchez from the National Catholic Reporter connects the Eucharist and being at one with God with the events that led up to the Crucifixion. Basically, Sanchez's logic goes something like this. We (Catholics) are in union with God by means of Holy Communion. This union is special, because it helps us become better people, and because it leads us ...


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The source of this tradition is the words of Jesus in Matthew 16:18, which I reprint in the context of Matthew 16:13-18, to allow a comparison with Mark's slightly earlier version ofthe same event: When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi 9 he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" They replied, "Some say John ...


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from here: I've been studying this question ["Is it Possible for God to Create a Creature More Perfect than Our Lady?"] recently, occasioned at first by a conversation with my wife, right before it providentially popped up in my daily philosophical readings--in Hugon's Cursus Philosophiae Thomisticae, Vol. 3 on Metaphysics. The Thomistic ...


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In the Vatican II ("Novus Ordo" or "General Roman") calendar (source): the Seasons of Time After Epiphany and Septuagesima have been replaced by "Ordinary Time"; The Season of Time After Pentecost is referred to also as "Ordinary Time"; the Feast of the Circumcision is referred to as "Mary, Mother of God"; Ascension Thursday is celebrated on ...


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There are a number of approaches to answer this question. I chose to answer from St. Thomas Aquinas' SUMMA THEOLOGICA: The number of the sacraments (Tertia Pars, Q.65). Article 1 tackled whether there should be seven sacraments and answered Confirmation was one of the sacraments instituted by which the Holy Ghost is given to strengthen us. In Article 4. ...


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Opening I will start off with the Navarre Bible New Testament Compact Edition Explanatory Notes to the vv. 2:2, 2:3, and 2:7 in the Second Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians and then I will quote a great portion of the note to 2 Thes 2:1-12 from the same Bible, after which I will attempt to answer the 4 questions you have raised. The Explanatory Notes ...


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From the Catholic Encyclopedia: LEVIATHAN. — The word Leviathan (Hebrew, líweyãthãn), which occurs six times in the Hebrew Bible, seems to have puzzled not a little all ancient translators. The D.V. has kept this name, Job 3:8; 40:20; Isaiah 27:1; it is rendered by dragon Psalm 73:14, and 103:26; The word leviathan means: (1) crocodile ...


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The Code of Canon Law prevents certain people from marriage: Canon 1091 §1. In the direct line of consanguinity [blood relationship] marriage is invalid between all ancestors and descendants, both legitimate and natural. §2. In the collateral line marriage is invalid up to and including the fourth degree [including the relationship aunt-nephew, ...


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Adam amd Eve "fell ". That is, they fell into mortality, but in the process gained "agency" (free will). This was necessary. If they had not fallen to mortality, they would not have procreated and thus "replenish[ed] the Earth". So the Fall was inevitable and a necessary part of the plan, as was the Redeemer Jesus Christ. Lucifer's plan would have removed ...


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The first sentence of the Athasasian Creed says: Whoever wishes to be saved, needs above all to hold the Catholic faith; unless each one preserves this whole and inviolate, he will without a doubt perish in eternity. Heretics do not preserve "the Cathloic faith…whole and inviolate"; thus, they "will without a doubt perish in eternity." There's also ...


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Legally in most places a marriage that would have been illegal if the facts were known is automatically anulled - in other words it is deemed never to have taken place. Here is a page about it from Californian law.. Wikipedia gives grounds for automatic annullment of a marriage according to the Catholic church - it includes 'consanguinity', i.e. close ...


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Normally I would not answer this question since you ask about the Catholic and Lutheran denominations. However, in my Bible study I have over 16 Bibles to reference and every one of them has this verse: Matthew 18:14 (Douay Rheims version) Even so it is not the will of your Father, who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. We all ...


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"Blessing of a marriage", as explained by a canon lawyer and the staff of a Catholic parish, is a fairly standard laymen's term which can be used for one of two processes recognized by Catholic canon law as allowing a marriage to be recognized as valid in the Catholic Church. The Church's Code of Canon Law has a whole section on marriage (canons ...


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Besides his martyrdom? What were some specific things that led to his canonization? The Homily at the Canonization of St. Thomas More in 1935 by His Holiness Pope Pius XI1 provides some of the reasons: St. Thomas More, together with St. John Fisher were bright champions and the glory of their nation ... “as a fortified city, and a pillar of iron, and a ...


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The questioner asked if there is an office or title of "apostle" in the Catholic Church, and seemed to want to know whether there are 12 of them, as in the primitive church. To my knowledge, neither the Catholic, Jewish, nor Protestant traditions recognize the calling/office of "apostle". See also this related answer re hierarchy of order and hierarchy of ...


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The issues with a Catholic marrying a non-baptized person in civil ceremony: Such a marriage according to Can. 1086 §1. is invalid. And according to Can. 1086 §2., a person is not to be dispensed from this impediment unless the conditions mentioned in cann. ⇒ 1125 and ⇒ 1126 have been fulfilled. It is not clear from the post whether these issues were ...


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Summarized from http://catholic-resources.org/ChurchDocs/Sacraments.htm as pointed out by Reluctant_Linux_User: Baptism - Mathew 28:19 - "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit" Confirmation - Acts 8:17; 19:6 - "Then they laid hands on them and they received the ...



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