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There is no list of items that "must" be blest by a priest (or a deacon). There are items that can be required to be blest by a certain person. The crucifix of St. Benedict is required to be blest by a deacon or priest. I don't expect any points for this answer. Please do not dock me for answering the question without providing a source. There really ...


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It does not take knowledge of anything to follow instructions, i.e. to simply OBEY GOD. ONCE YOU HAVE THE INSTRUCTIONS, the only thing you must do is to follow them. Adam was told to name animals and do other things but SO LONELY lacking companionship and once had Eve, who was always closer and not to be as respected or feared but to be loved, and available ...


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I recently learned that if someone is excommunicated from the church it does not mean that they are condemned but rather holds a view that is contrary to what the Catholic Church teaches. Once the person has come to a point of reconciliation with the church the excommunication is lifted and the person will be in full communion once again. Find a Priest ...


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This is more complicated than you might expect, since Catholicism and Protestantism (which often takes a "salvation by grace alone" approach) can have slightly different understandings of concepts like justification, salvation, faith, grace, and merit. In Catholic belief, salvation is achieved not in an instant, nor by predestination before birth, but over ...


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God cannot tell a lie Hebrews 6:18 (NASB) 18 so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. Titus 1:2 (NASB) 2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago, God is good, therefore God cannot ...


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Robert Haas really nailed it. Much of the reported theological differences concern language and not reality. Catholics do believe that the Pope may speak infallibility under certain and very specific conditions. Although even here when we start to get into the theological specifics the conflict with Orthodox theology is arguably still only a question of ...


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Thomas Aquinas states: All confess that God is omnipotent; but it seems difficult to explain in what His omnipotence precisely consists: for there may be doubt as to the precise meaning of the word 'all' when we say that God can do all things. If, however, we consider the matter aright, since power is said in reference to possible things, this phrase, ...


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It depends upon your definition of 'intrinsically impossible.' There are two standard ways to answer the question. The first relates to logical contradictions. God cannot make a round square not because he is incapable but because it is an inherent contradiction - the proposition makes no sense. The same is true for making a rabbit a giraffe or any other ...


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As other answers state, Christianity is universal in believing that God is omnipotent - that he can do anything. "Probability" is not an issue here. God can cause a coin toss to come down heads (or tails) whenever he wants. Likewise he could cause ten coin tosses to come down heads, or a thousand, or a million, or whatever. It doesn't matter how 'unlikely' ...


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God is omnipotent, but He is also good and wise and he bound Himself with some promises, with respect for our free will, with His love for us etc. As Thomas Aquinas (cited by Andrew Leach) explains, God can do nothing that is not in His will, or what He doesn't want. God clearly doesn't want any sin, and also nothing that is really foolish and illogical ...


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The Catechism contains a definitive statement on this. Nothing is impossible with God, who disposes his works according to his will. [CCC 269] It references a number of biblical texts to support that statement: It was I who made the earth, and man and beast on the face of the earth, by my great power, with my outstretched arm; and I can give ...


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The chair was real, but its actual function is different from what the legend says. And actually, it seems to have been three chairs: one "commode"-type seat, and two porphyry "pierced" chairs. Read on for more. In Misconceptions About the Middle Ages (page 66-7; ed. Harris and Grigsby), a description is given of the chairs' function in papal coronations: ...


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According to the Catholic Church, Christ gave authority to the disciples, which they in turn gave to their disciples, and so on. Today, to become a Priest in the Catholic Church you must be called to the Sacrament of Holy Orders by the Holy Spirit. Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be ...


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Eight verses earlier (Num 11:17) has the same "some of the spirit" wording. Fr. George Leo Haydock's commentary on verse 17 says: St. Augustine (q. 18,) reads "of the spirit which is on thee;" (Septuagint) referring it to the indivisible spirit of God, so that these ancients received what was sufficient for them, while Moses suffered no diminution. Thus ...


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Unpacking erroneous reasoning and conclusion. How does Eccl: 1:4 A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains for ever. together with St. Thomas: Thus some receive immutability from God in the way of never ceasing to exist; in that sense it is said of the earth, "it standeth for ever" (Eccles. 1:4). mean the ...


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No, Jeremiah's "queen of heaven" is not the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is also called the Queen of Heaven. The Original Douay Old Testament commentates on Jeremiah 44:17: They reputed the Moon as queen, and the Sun as king of the stars: more peculiarly men did sacrifice to the sun, and women to the Moon, but so that all did cooperate in both. For the ...


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If it is assumed that Malachi is using figurative language in response to the profaining of the temple offerings and the reason figurative language is assumed is that the sacraficial system ended with the death of Christ and the destruction of the temple, alter and priesthood: Malachi 1:11-12 (NASB77) 11 "For from the rising of the sun, even to its ...


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I saw this little bit on the web: The most accurate and detailed non-fiction book I know of on pretribulation rapture history is journalist Dave MacPherson’s “The Rapture Plot” (available by calling 800.643.4645) – a book every Catholic should have since the best known pretrib rapture promoters (e.g., Scofield, Lindsey, LaHaye etc.) are strongly ...


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The section Scriptural proof in Sacrifice of the Mass | New Advent begins by noting that the Divine institution of the Mass can be established by bothe the Old and the New Testament. In 2. New Testament, the section says The main testimony of the New Testament lies in the account of the institution of the Eucharist, and most clearly in the words of ...


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I was trying to say that The old covenant was simply a Physical shadow of the spiritual truths of the new covenant. "Heb 8:3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. Heb 8:4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that ...


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Which marriages are valid? From the Code of Canon Law Can. 1108 §1. Only those marriages are valid which are contracted before the local ordinary, pastor, or a priest or deacon delegated by either of them, who assist, and before two witnesses according to the rules expressed in the following canons and without prejudice to the exceptions ...


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Should we beseech [the saints] to pray for us? St. Thomas Aquinas tackles this in Summa Theologica > Supplement > Question 72. Prayers with regard to the saints in heaven > 2. Should we beseech them to pray for us? He answers that, According to Dionysius (Eccl. Hier. v) the order established by God among things is that "the last should be led to God ...


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Isaiah. Levites were consecrated to God from birth. Num_3:12 And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that opens the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine; They were ministers of the tabernacle Numbers 7:5 Num_18:6 And I, behold, I have taken your brethren ...


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St. Thomas Aquinas answers the difficulty in Summa Contra Gentiles Book III, Q 159, and De Veritate Q 14, Art 10. Simply put, though one may appear to be a pagan, or had been a pagan, if they are saved they have had faith. Emmerich might very well be simply referring to the people in a colloquial sense just as one might say they saw a murderer in purgatory. ...


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There are many Orders! So many ways to serve the Lord ≋♥≋ All Nuns are Brides of Christ but they may (or may not) wear a wedding ring depending on the tradition of the Order. And some that received a ring during final vows simply don't wear it because of their work. Nuns and Monks take the traditional three: poverty, chastity and obedience (Priests do NOT ...


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I believe I have the confirmation letter stating that I left the church.... This is a serious issue. From what you say, I am assuming that you have formally defected from the Catholic Church. By law, this act would have been entered in your baptismal register.Actus formalis defectionis ab Ecclesia catholica If this is true, then just going to confession ...


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Actually, Orthodox nuns (and monks) have vows of celibacy also: The monastic vows are essentially not different from those taken at baptism, with the exception of the vow of celibacy. (Source: Orthodox Christian Monasticism) And they do not wear rings, since they believe Christ to have one Bride, the Church. For example, see these pictures:


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You can certainly re-join the Catholic Church. Your baptismal record should not have been wiped out; I believe parishes are required to keep records of all baptisms that were ever performed there. I wouldn't be surprised if the same goes for confirmations, but I'm not sure. To the best of my knowledge, all you need to do is to go to confession, confess ...


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In my own mind I thought I was addressing the question, for from my investigation of this question I get the picture that few who have addressed it have gone back to the original statement by an official Roman Catholic Church organ. My understanding is that the 1853 and 1880 statements and declarations after CC disagree to a considerable extent with ...


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Right from the beginning Adam and Eve felt Guilt, such shame that they covered their nakedness with aprons made of fig leaves even before God made himself present. When the Lord approached, the couple now clothed in fig leaf aprons, they hid, the excuse given was that they were ashamed of their nakedness even though by their own efforts where now covered. ...


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Owen Chadwick, in his book The Reformation, gives a few lists of the vices Erasmus saw in the church: Erasmus was not fired by a reforming passion or zeal. But his sensible and scholarly nose was otherwise offended by the stink of corruption. He despised ignorance, superstition, obscurantism, and wished to cure them. Because his pen was able to portray ...


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What is the pure offering if not the offering of Christ on the Cross Re-presented Daily all over the world in the Catholic Church? Some people believe that prophecies about Israel that have not yet been fulfilled are now to be applied to the church. This often requires some degree of allegoricalization to accomplish. Others consider that there is a future ...


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Does it not answer itself? He said any man who calls himself this... Rather than God calling him it. Also later Gregory says a christian council gave that name to the succesors of Peter but he wouldn't even use it even though aloud because of the impression it would make.


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"Seeking moral advice" is not a confession, and so would not be subject to the strict seal of the confessional. However, if there is no need for the priest to divulge anything, then I would certainly expect something said in confidence to be kept confidential. To give a concrete example: If moral advice was sought as part of a sacramental confession, then ...


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One of the earlier users of the site called me out on this, she called it preexistence. I don't think its right to lump it in to Origenism and call it Origenism any more than calling belief in consubstantiation Lutheranism. But i think you could call denial of the Theotokos, Nestorianism because that's all we remember that he got wrong (although I think ...


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I asked a similar question here and the answer is no. If you're baptized, your sins are forgiven, if you die you go straight to heaven. Priests will often remind their congregations of this tonight and make us all jealous.


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Kind of reminds me of a scene from Fiddler on the Roof where they asked the Rabbi for a blessing for a sewing machine and he just made one up on the spot. Anything that is a sacramental (Rosary, Crucifix, Scapular, etc...) will have prayers of blessing. People too have formalized blessings that I believe are usually approved by a particular Bishop and ...


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It could happen, definitely could happen and we, Catholics pray for the coming of the Kingdom every day. We also pray that Christ will return every day (hopefully not in Winter). And these are two different and similar things. The Kingship of God is that we live with Christ as our sovereign. The Kingdom is what Jesus was preaching about while He built His ...


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A Catholics Answer Isaiah's prophetic warning was for Judah and Jerusalem. Isaiah 2:1 It was fulfilled with the Babylonian captivity. It was again fulfilled when the Romans toppled Jerusalem. Isaiah's warning is for all God's children, even today. Do not allow your gluttonous desire for things of this world kill your desire to worship and serve the LORD ...


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Catholics should weigh the evidence for the universe’s age by examining biblical and scientific evidence. "Though faith is above reason, there can never be any real discrepancy between faith and reason. Since the same God who reveals mysteries and infuses faith has bestowed the light of reason on the human mind, God cannot deny himself, nor can truth ever ...


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There's... a lot. There aren't really exclusive non-overlapping 'kinds' of sin so much as there are a whole bunch of different classification schema we use which break up the landscape in different useful ways for different reasons. Catholic theologians have answered the question "What are the kinds of Sin" many, many times in different ways for different ...


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You should not receive communion in a state of mortal sin. And thats true even if a priest or pope allows it. The reason being that if you receive communion in s state of sin, you are putting yourself at a great risk as Paul puts it in 1 Corinthians 11 27So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of ...


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I will preface my answer by saying that the situation is unlikely, because, as the original poster says, such a disciplinary decision would imply a tacit recognition on the Church’s part that homosexual actions can be legitimate. (Homosexual tendencies are never at issue, only acting on those tendencies.) That is a matter that touches on the Church’s clear ...


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Protestants generally reject this doctrine. So, what is the specific biblical argument they use to oppose the doctrine of Penance? There is no Biblical example of someone being instructed to pay for their sin by an act of penance in the New Testament. Contrary-wise we have several examples of instruction that shows a different way to deal with each other ...


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Ecumenical Councils are the top of the list, simply because the whole of the Church gets together to promulgate doctrine. These doctrines are signed by the Pope at the end of the Council, and are binding. Some of the doctrines are administrative in nature, and can be modified, changed, added to, or removed. Others, which deal with faith or morals, are ...



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