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Much Silence As it applies to your question, there are two basic flavors of Protestantism. One kind consists of groups that have some form of centralized organization who could at least be said to have an “official” stance on a given position. The other kind has no formal centralization (they believe each congregation—and individual—to be autonomous in ...


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Though it's difficult to speak for Protestants as a whole, my experience with them is that they place no significance on incorruptibility, and as a rule, they are suspect of relics possessing special properties. Nobody will deny evidence that an undecomposed dead body is in an unusual state, but I doubt that many of them will claim that such a state is ...


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Pope John Paul II abolished the Promotor fidei (Promoter of the Faith) office, better known as Advocatus diaboli (Devil's advocate) in 1983 No, he did not abolish this office. There is still one Promoter of the Faith for every cause of canonization. What Pope John Paul II did was to reduce his power to a great extent and change his role in the process of ...


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As far as we know, he did not use this analogy. It does not appear in the extant writings attributed to him, nor in early hagiographies. There are several places in these documents where a shamrock metaphor wouldn't go completely amiss, and yet it doesn't seem to appear anywhere. In the Confession attributed to Patrick, he talks a lot about how he is a ...


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There are two additional reasons for More's canonization. The first reason is that the Vatican wished to support English Roman Catholics over against the Church of England. Anglican-RC relations at this time were very frosty; and because More had defended papal (as against royal) supremacy in the church, and died for his conviction, he qualified as a martyr. ...


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It’s a subtle distinction, no doubt. There is a simplified view that Catholics pray to saints as intercessors, while Episcopalians pray about saints in remembrance. But that's not super accurate. The Catholic Church bestows the title of Saint upon an individual through a rather lengthy process of canonization, after which the individual is officially and ...


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Yes, the manner of death of the Martyrs is written of, by Pope Paul VI (citing the early Church Martyrs) as an ecstasy second only to that of the supreme joy felt by the Blessed Virgin Mary. After Mary, we find the expression of the purest and most burning joy -- where the cross of Jesus is embraced with the most faithful love -- among the martyrs, in ...


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As another answer has implied, Protestants receive their doctrines via the principle of sola scriptura, that is, they do not rely on the traditions of men to inform what constitutes valid religious practice, but rely on the teaching of scripture made plain by the assistance of the Holy Spirit. The scriptures do actually teach us about "incorruptibility", ...


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Protestants hold to the new Spiritual birth spoken of by Jesus Christ to Nicodemus: John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Protestants trust that salvation is by God’s grace through faith alone not of works. Protestants believe their life ...


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Saint Stephen was the first martyr, at whose stoning Saul/Paul was present. He doesn't get the honour of "first saint". The rules have almost certainly changed since antiquity, and are now fairly rigid (two miracles are required, at least).


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Some Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational churches are named after saints. The Reformed (Calvinistic) Churches, which theologically are very much the same as the Presbyterians (just historical differences, Presbyterianism born in the British Isles and Reformed Churches in the European Continent) very rarely have churches with name of saints, ...


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I think there are a couple of possibilities, at least. If you can provide any more information about the text and its purpose then we could try to narrow it down. There are a few places where St Augustine proposes a seven-step journey of the soul. However, the schemes don't match up (which is fine: he actually says in the earliest work that there are many ...


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The article is incorrect on several points. For example it is true that Gemelli was critical of Padre Pio. It is also true that this was due to misunderstanding and from self inflated notions of his own importance in the Church. Gemelli evidence on the stigmata for example is fabricated and flies in the face of several medical physicians and properly adhered ...


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Yes Saint Thomas had been to India and there are enough of evidences which seems to substantiate those claims. There are christian communities in South Western India (Kerala State) which trace back their ancestry to conversions that happened during that time.A substantial part of the Christian community in that Indian state has Syrian Christian lineage. It ...


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Not just Mexican, mostly a Catholic tradition. (http://www.catholic.org/saints/faq.php) This is one way to carry-out this tradition: Catholics ask saints to give a word or two to God for them. So, if my name is Peter, I should IDENTIFY myself with Peter's Day, present gifts, ask people to help me with extra treatment/presents, so together with Saint Peter, ...


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According to Wikipedia, the halo was initially used for Jesus as a symbol of His Glory. Applied to the saints, it could be the outpouring of God's Glory, often talked about in the Bible, where the living water would flow from you, or His Light shine from you. If the position of the halo is usually from the Head of the body then I would make the assumption ...


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"The Wisdom of God, the Lady Theotokos our Pammakaristos and Conciliation, St. Demetrios Kanavis, St. George the Trophy-bearer of the Phanar, and all the saints of our Church are not keepers of the law but legislators according to St. Symeon the New Theologian." This answer will be in keeping with Symeon’s perspective! Symeon identifies himself with the ...



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