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Historically in the Roman Catholic Church, operas were abstained during Lent. Since Italians loved their opera so much, they allowed Handel to write his oratorio, Messiah, to get satisfy that need. Over time, how people fast and abstain during Lent seems to have lessened. I believe that efforts are put into works of love are emphasized rather than just ...


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Apostle Paul For the time will come ... they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2 Timothy) Sixth Ecumenical Council - canon 51 This holy and ecumenical synod altogether forbids those who are called “players,” and their “spectacles,” as well as the exhibition of hunts, and the theatrical dances. If ...


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I was baptized Orthodox in infancy and this is the first time I see this mentioned. No doubt it is good practice, but I've never seen any other Orthodox here avoid films or music during Lent. There's nothing wrong with pleasure as far as I'm aware; it is only sinful acts that tie you to this world that are to be avoided and most of them are accompanied with ...


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Air kisses are totally fine. The purpose of the kiss is to show reverence to that which the icon portrays, whether it is of Christ, the Theotokos or a Saint. Depending on the ethnicity of the Church you attend, you may see people prostrate (bow fully and touch their hand to the floor), or kneel down and fully touch their head to the floor. Some do this ...


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Heretic are they who restricting belief to certain points of Christ's doctrine selected and fashioned at pleasure. They believe not what Christ really taught, but the suggestions of his own mind. - (Summa Theologica - Second Part of the Second Part - Question 11) Schismatics are they who of their own will and intention separate themselves from the unity of ...


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A heretic is one who denies a dogma of the faith. A schismatic is one who refuses to be subject to the authorities of the church. (I'll leave soteriological consequences to others.)


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This controversy is as old as the 250s AD. Read the writings of the church father Cyprian from that period. At that time, the North African bishops did not believe in accepting the baptisms of heretics, but Stephen bishop of Rome told them they had to. They actually held a council to condemn him, calling him a "Judas." Yet, Stephen eventually won, and ...



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