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I'm a life-long Catholic and have always attended what is now referred to as the extraordinary rite of Mass (also called "Traditional Latin Mass" or "1962 Liturgy"). I don't speak Latin but can read it (though I'm a bit rusty, especially with the vocabulary which isn't common in the liturgy). After becoming lukewarm-to-cold in the practice of my Faith I had a re-awakening since my late 20s and have learned much more in the last ten years than in my first twenty.

I'm also a computer programmer and created the website www.AudioSancto.org in order to disseminate the very excellent sermons of a handful of priests.


Feb
7
comment Is veneration worship?
Peter: I added the paragraph beginning with "because" based on your comment. When teaching teens or talking with protestants I would take a 30 second detour to introduce them to the Latin terms, define them, explain that "worship, venerate, and honor" are typically swapped for the Latin terms, but in any doctrinal discussion I would skip the English and stick to the precise Latin terms.
Feb
7
comment Is veneration worship?
I only just now really looked at the question and answer you linked. The point in my answer is that "dulia," "hyperdulia," and "latria" are theologically defined and specific terms whereas "worship," "veneration," and "adoration" aren't.
Feb
6
comment According to the scripture, when and how is the world destroyed?
On the topic of fire but not the end of the world, part of the message of the Marian apparition at Akita, Japan (1973) is this: "If men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead." Link: is.gd/IDBR4G
Feb
5
comment Is the threat of exposing sin a disqualifying event for a pastor?
I made the assumption of it being confession; if it's outside of confession then it would be detraction.
Feb
5
comment Is the threat of exposing sin a disqualifying event for a pastor?
Again, speaking only in a Catholic situation, if a priest were to threaten to violate the seal of the confessional that needs to be brought to the attention of the bishop immediately. If you're concerned about the bishop not being helpful or even making matters worse you could appeal directly to Rome (though if you don't trust the diocese you won't want to try to go through anyone in your diocese for this). It has to be addressed by someone with jurisdiction in the matter, which is the local bishop and the Pope.
Feb
4
comment Does Scientology claim to be Christian?
It's interesting to me how many prominent Scientologists used to be Roman Catholics. A partial list includes: Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, John Travolta, Catherine Bell, and Jenna Elfman (and those were just the ones I could find quickly). I know the Catholic Church has had issues since Vatican 2 but this seems disproportional.
Feb
4
comment What evidence do we have today about Christian groups not represented at the first four ecumenical councils?
Perhaps the short link isn't working: here's the longer one: books.google.com/books?id=4XsoAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA3 -- I was able to download it in PDF format as well and can post that online for you in that format if it would help. It's the January 1899 editions of the America Ecclesiastical Review, btw.
Feb
3
comment Priestly blessings via alternate media
Peter: you might want to change the title of this blessing to "Papal Blessings" rather than "Priestly blessings" because I don't know if anyone other than the Pope can issue a blessing that is valid via live telecommunication. I should have noticed this point and said something earliers...
Feb
3
comment Can man judge whether God is fair?
Might not have been the best example. Then again, the one who judges God is, by definition, doing something irrational.
Feb
3
comment Why is the Bible so short?
The author of Lord of the Rings didn't imbue the content with such profound significance and wisdom that one could spend their lives studying a single chapter and still not extract or understand all of the possible meaning that was put there (and which survives translations and mis-translations without losing the essential meaning!).
Feb
3
comment What specific foods and drinks are forbidden by the LDS (Mormon) Church?
@MasonWheeler Very interesting! In the movie Saints and Soldiers -- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saints_and_Soldiers -- the Mormon protagonist at one point, on a very cold and snowy night, refuses the offer to drink hot coffee, insisting on sticking with his hot lemonade instead. I mention this because the movie was made by a company specializing in entertainment for LDS consumers; if the general prohibition was on hot drinks then this detail slipped by... or can an exception be made for health in cold weather?
Feb
3
comment Why is the Bible so short?
Because brevity is the soul of genius? :-)
Feb
3
comment What specific foods and drinks are forbidden by the LDS (Mormon) Church?
Fair enough -- I get the "consume nothing addictive" part... but what is there in coffee that is addictive other than caffeine (or in my case, Kahlua)?
Feb
3
comment How does Christ define a Christian?
Oh don't go there! LOL For years, at the Easter Vigil when the quotation of St. Augustine's O felix culpa was read in the liturgy I would mentally add "I suppose..." as I think it would have been better if we had no need of a Redeemer. Since then I've heard the commentary that by Christ taking on flesh, our human nature has been ennobled beyond that even of the Angels, and it's for this reason it's a "happy fault" which has caused God to, in a way, "divinize" humanity by taking on our nature.
Feb
3
comment What specific foods and drinks are forbidden by the LDS (Mormon) Church?
So if it's more correct to edit out caffeine, then why are coffee and tea banned? If I understand correctly that the underlying principle is that you're not to take anything that clouds the ability of the mind then what is it about coffee and tea that is mind altering? I ask both out of comparative-religious curiosity and because I get the impression there might be some "good" coffee and tea that heretofore I've not known about. :-)
Feb
3
comment What symbols are unique to the various denominations?
Okay, it makes sense that the Chi Rho isn't only Catholic: it's a symbol that goes back to antiquity as those are the first two letters of "Christ" in Greek. I am accustomed to seeing that as a symbol referring to a Catholic priest. The IHS monogram was invented with advent of the Society of the Holy Name whose aim was to combat blasphemy... I thought that was post-reformation but maybe it wasn't... or maybe it was a crossover symbol?
Feb
3
comment What guidelines should be followed using spiritual gifts?
Since it wasn't tagged as Catholic I didn't want to answer thinking it was a reference to charismatic graces when it really was a reference to a gift offering -- bread and wine? -- used in a spiritual ceremony.
Feb
3
comment Why do adherents to the priesthood of all believers still have organized congregations?
@Peter: that might be the case, but it's a common share in the priesthood of Christ which isn't the same as Holy Orders which sets a man apart from the Faithful in order to offer sacrifice and confect the Sacraments on their behalf. I'm not asserting you don't know this, just stating it for non-Catholics who might not get the "common Priesthood" thing as understood in Catholic teaching.
Feb
3
comment What guidelines should be followed using spiritual gifts?
Could you define, a bit more please, what you mean by "spiritual gifts?"
Feb
3
comment What is the hope in Roman Catholicism?
I would have posted a summarized version of Aquinas or Augustine for this question but since Peter Turner went with the most recent encyclical on this topic I decided to go the less formal route with my answer. To say that A LOT has been written on this topic by Catholic authors is a significant understatement!