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Code of cannon law states: 766.0 Lay persons can be permitted to preach in a church or oratory, if necessity requires it in certain circumstances or it seems advantageous in particular cases, according to the prescripts of the conference of bishops and without prejudice to 767.1 767.1. Among the forms of preaching, the homily, which is part of the ...


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The illicitness and the validity of Sacraments are canonical terms used to describe the effectiveness of the sacrament. Illicit means, roughly, “illegal”. In the case of a Sacrament, it means performed in a way that is not permitted by the rules or laws of the Church. (But the sacrament did happen) Invalid means the Sacrament didn’t happen at all. There ...


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Incense as used in Christian rites, including the office of readings, as well as the Mass, is a sensory manifestation of the prayers of the faithful rising to God, as mentioned in Psalms, particularly 141:2 and Revelations 5:8. This is probably more a matter of style than anything else. The incense ceremonies take time, and my own sense is that among those ...


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There are 3 kinds of relics which are issued by the Holy See. These are ranked as follows: 1st Rank Relics: Actual body parts, clothes, jewellery and pieces of other objects which are known to have belonged to the saint. This also includes bones and blood of the saint in particular. 2nd Rank Relics: Whole objects or fragments extracted from the place where ...


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Children of God sons in the Son cf. What is unique about Christianity?


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The two requirements of sexual intercourse within marriage are: Procreation (to make babies) Unity (union with spouse) On the first, the Church teaches that the act must be "ordered to" procreate. Meaning that there ought to be no artificial impediment to the act of procreating. They also say that the act should be "open to life" On the second point, ...


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Proceeding as follows: First Part :What a sacrifice is > Holy Mass > Why Holy Mass if offered and therefore why Catholics attend it; cf. PENNY CATECHISM, 275-279 Second Part: Sacraments > The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) First Part: Sacrifice 275. What is a sacrifice? A sacrifice is the offering of a victim by a priest to God alone, in ...


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Simply to add to the answer given by Geremia... It is quite possible to consistently believe that "outside of The [Catholic] Church there is no salvation", and square it away with some of the more inclusive statements that Popes have spoken recently. For consistency's sake one must believe this statement in the same way that Catholics believe the following ...


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All forms of birth control are condemned. Pope Pius XI, Casti Connubii (#’s 53-56), Dec. 31, 1930: “And now, Venerable Brethren, we shall explain in detail the evils opposed to each of the benefits of matrimony. First consideration is due to the offspring, which many have the boldness to call the disagreeable burden of matrimony and which ...


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The Roman Catholic Church has always supported Fertility Awareness methods of family planning - previously the Calendar method as a form of birth control. The church is not opposed to family planning - only to methods they would consider equal to killing children who have already been conceived. Hence, Kaspar's very deft retort: Kasper responded, “Well, ...


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No, it is not correct to entertain this belief, as demonstrated by a few specific instructions issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In fact, their letter Declaratio de associationibus massonicis ("Declaration on Masonic Associations") was published in 1983 as a response to exactly this question. It appears that the decision not to list ...


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This answer, cognizant of the modern “peer-partnership” view of marriage, proceeds as follows: God created man male and female, in the image of God1. Man (male and female) images God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). The Old contains the New, which in turn reveals the Old. In the Old, God is husband to Israel2, in the New, Christ is the Bridegroom3 of the ...


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Your question comes from the Bible and the Bible also yields the answer! Love and respect are in relational union throughout the Bible, most notably love in the form of grace and respect in the form of faith. Eternal Life is the offspring of the marriage between grace/faith. Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith Romans 4:16 ...


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This is admittedly speculative, but there is probably no non-speculative answer for this question. Paul gave each member of the family advice that would best help them. Perhaps he knew there would be proud wives, unkind husbands, and unruly children. Of course all the advice is applicable to all the members of the family, but some may be needed more often ...


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Two questions seem to be asked: 1) When can absolution be anticipated to actual confession?, and 2) What happens if the "postponed" confession does not come to pass? In regards to when our sins are forgiven in anticipation to confession, The Church teaches that this should happen only in cases of physical or moral impossibility (CCC 1484, in part): ...


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Typically, there are two circumstances under which saying of the Hail Mary (specifically, as opposed to other prayers) is encouraged: In saying the prayer, or sequence of prayers, known as "the Rosary" As part of a common form of penance after Confession (for example, "For your penance, say ten Hail Marys and five Our Fathers.") Certainly in the first ...


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At the most fundamental level, Roman Catholics subscribe to the Nicene Creed, Jehovah's Witnesses do not. (JWs would call the Creed itself heresy, so this is not a slam.) This means that unlike 98% of the world's Christians, Jehovah's Witnesses deny such things as: The Trinity The Divinity of Jesus The Nature of Salvation The Communion of Saints / The ...


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It will be hard to find an official "Catholic Corporate response" for something that is not official. It is not official to say the prayer multiple times just like that. It is official to say it many times as part of the rosary, but rosary, is a form of mediation; Rosary has "official", prescribed "mysteries" to meditate. So it is not vain repetition, as ...


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What are differences and similarities between Jehovah's Witnesses and Catholics? The beliefs are very similar, e.g. Jesus atoned for the sins of the world. Jehovah's Witnesses believe: The Trinity described in the Nicean creed is incorrect. The Father and the Son are two separate persons. The Spirit of God is not a person but is God's power and ...


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Here is an article on the saint St. Cecilia | New Advent. It mentions the saint's body, but does not give an indication as to whether it is corrupt or not. This may also be of interest: St. Cecilia Mystics of the Church has: Cases of incorruptibility go back a long way. The first saint whose body was found to be incorrupt was St. Cecilia, who was ...


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First, as to the gradation of sin: The Catholic Church recognizes that some sins are "worse" than others. For instance, it divides sins into mortal sins and venial sins (CCC 1854-1855): 1855: Mortal sin destroys charity in the heart of man by a grave violation of God's law; it turns man away from God, who is his ultimate end and his beatitude, by ...


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Abortion is a mortal sin. Mortal sins can also be referred to as a grave sins, grave matter, or serious sins. Those who die in mortal sin go to Hell, there is not some middle place between Earth and Judgment where you can be baptized or learn the Catholic faith as some assert. Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, “Letentur coeli,” Sess. 6, July 6, ...


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The woman has committed a very grave evil, in that she is complicit in the death of an innocent human being. How much of that evil can be "imputed" to her, that is, treated as "her fault", may vary according to circumstances. Catholics recognize two broad classes of sin: mortal sin (also known as serious sin), and venial sin. The distinction between the two ...


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Au Contraire There is no exception to the sin the Church is able to absolve a penitent from, even if they should sin until the last moment of their lives: Catechism of the Catholic Church | ARTICLE 10: "I BELIEVE IN THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS" | II. THE POWER OF THE KEYS, 979 In this battle against our inclination towards evil, who could be brave ...


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The Magi used their Magian astrology to recognize what was happening now. But astrologers user astrology to find out what is going to happen in the future. Note that Magi's saw Jesus in a house (Mat 2:11) not in the birth place of Christ. //It appears that the stars have a knowledge.// Stars do not have knowledge on their own. But God uses nature to ...


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magisterium In Catholicism, the magisterium is the authority that lays down what is the authentic teaching of the Church. For the Catholic Church, that authority is vested uniquely in the pope and the bishops who are in communion with him. Quick answer: Catholicism: Pope and bishops. JW: Faithful Slave ...


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This vision from Anne Catherine Emmerich is heretical because it states that there are pagans in Purgatory, which is contrary to Catholic Faith ”I next saw our Lord, with his triumphant procession, enter into a species of Purgatory which was filled with those good pagans who, having had a faint glimmering of the truth, had longed for its ...


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Three things will be examined: Prophecy, Private Revelation (visions), and Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich: Prophecy: In Catholic Prophecies: Do They Mirror, Highlight, or Contradict Biblical Prophecies?, Mr. Bob Thiel, Ph.D., of "Continuing Church of God", therefore a Non-Catholic quotes: Benedict XIV (Heroic Virtue, III,144,150) says: "The recipients of ...


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According to the vision of Brother Pacificus, the throne of Lucifer was reserved for the St. Francis of Assisi. From this I infer that the other thrones of the fallen angels are available to other saints. Excerpt from "The Mirror of Perfection by Brother Leo of Assisi" In the morning Brother Pacificus returned to him. Blessed Francis was standing ...


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by @DavidLaberge: thank you for asking and for the sensitivity in framing your question. Q. Could someone explain to me how they see the hope in the Roman faith? Rephrased to: What is the foundation of hope in Catholicism? i.e. why hope at all as a [Roman] Catholic? Staring with: 1 Corinthians 13:12-13 (RSVCE): 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, ...


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I have always understood it as being connected with the Mystical Body of Christ. If we endure, stay firmly connected to the Mystical Body, then just as Christ is the King of the Universe, we are also part of that kingship by our connection to Him.


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Check out the Old Catholic Encyclopedia's "Ecclesiastical Architecture" article. For what Catholic architecture is not, see Michael S. Rose's Ugly As Sin.


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It can be argued that the interior of many Christian Churches, especially Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran, lies in the architecture specified for the Tabernacle (The tent constructed during the Exodus) and the Temple in the old textament, where there were three area set aside for specific purposes. The area where the Altar is located in the ...


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Comparing the Teaching Authorities Searching JW.org, since JW and WTS say nothing (let alone authoritative) about their Teaching Authority, there is nothing to compare. The comparison dies right here: The Catholic states 1) that they have Teaching Authority, and 2) what that means; From JW and WTS, to an outsider, there is no Teaching Authority, as they ...


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The New American Bible (Revised Edition) is the translation that I have; this is the only translation which is authorized to be used in Catholic worship in the United States. The NABRE offers this as the dialogue (Mark 10:21–22): Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, "You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to ...


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The one thing he lacked was actually the most important thing - saving faith in God. That he lacked this is evidenced firstly by his failure to put his trust wholly in Christ to follow Him no matter what, but also by his failure to obey the first (and greatest) commandment evidenced by him prioritising his wealth over the will of God. No one can serve ...


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I don't believe that there is any formal Catholic doctrine on the use of rosary beads (technically "a rosary" refers to the prayer, or rather sequence of prayers, not to the physical beads themselves). While the Catechism of the Catholic Church mentions the rosary (always referring to the prayers), it contains no description of how the beads ought to be ...


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That is because Jesus gave Peter the keys to heaven and earth (Matthew 16:19). Not keys to hell. In other words, Peter (and his successors) can bind and loose on earth and heaven (Matthew 18:18) not in hell. They do not have authority on beings outside of the church. And people in hell are outside of the Church. P.S: Christ alone has the keys to hell ...


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The ordering of the Christian angelic hierarchy in choirs, according to St. Thomas Aquinas in Summa Theologica (1225–1274) [as noted by @Jesse] is, in descending order: Seraphim, Cherubim, and Thrones; Dominations, Virtues, and Powers; Principalities, and Angels. The place of the Arch-angels is in the heavenly court. Arch-angel meaning being above all ...


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It just so happens that the Catholic Encyclopedia has an article on this. Their definition is much broader than the one you provided. It actually has extensive notes on several meanings of the term. the section in the term in the context of theology is as follows: The term Monism is not much used in theology because of the confusion to which its use ...


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In your question it would be very helpful to have a citation as to where in the writings of Gregory the quote is from. I followed the link provided and there is no citation there for the quote either. As a matter of fact, you can google the first sentence of the quote and find a few websites that also have the quote but leave it uncited. Knowing its context ...


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This is a traditional title of Mary in respect of her Assumption into Heaven. It does not imply that she is in any sense above, or even equal to, God. Here is one thing that the Catechism of the Catholic Church says about Mary in this regard: "Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly ...


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Mary is the Queen of Universe because Christ is the King of Universe. To understand her Queenship, one must understand how who the Queen of the Davidic Kingdom in the Old Testament Jewish monarchy was. It was the Queen Mother. The Kings had many wives, none of whom could be called Queen. That honor was reserved for the mother of the King. We see this is the ...


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The Wikipedia page about the church explains: The use of the title "Mary, Queen of the Universe" is drawn from section 59 of Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church issued in 1964 by the Second Vatican Council, which stated: "Finally, the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all guilt of original sin, on the completion of her earthly ...


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I think the following should be added, on the subject of a material sin not being a formal sin if the sinner didn't know that it was wrong. Catholic doctrine distinguishes between "vincible" and "invincible" ignorance. Invincible ignorance means you were ignorant through no fault of your own; you had no way of knowing. The thalidomide example in Matthew's ...


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Much of the Doctrine of Jesus was in explanation to the teachings of the Ten Commandments. His strongest focus however was the care of the truths that the people held in their hearts. The Following Expands on the First Commandment You shall have no other gods before Me. (Exodus 20:3 NKJV) The goal was for all to be of one mind, and to share in all ...


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No 1213 Catechism of the Catholic Church under THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM summarises what baptism is: 1213 Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua) [4 Cf. Council Of Florence: DS 1314: vitae spiritualis ianua.], and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through ...


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Starting with the definition of sin from a Catholic perspective: 113. What is sin? A. Sin is an offense against God [has infinite dignity], by any thought, word, deed or omission against the law of God. cf. Penny Catechism, 113 The reference is God, who is offended by the sinner, when the sinner commits a sin as defined above. So it is the person who ...


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You need to make the distinction between material sin and formal sin. Formal sin (what we usually mean when we just say 'sin') is when there is a bad action and we know it is bad but do it anyway. Our knowledge of the evil is crucial for there being a formal sin. However, we can also be ignorant of the evil in our actions. For example, doctors in the ...


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When Jesus speaks to the Church at Sardis through John (in Rev. 3), he says: Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. 5 The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life White is ...



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