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Former Anglican (in the Anglo-Catholic tradition from age 9), now a Roman Catholic in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in the UK.


Jun
29
comment “Blessed Virgin” - not Saint?
I would say the most common Catholic title, at least in England & Wales, is "Our Lady" but it is true that it's Anglican churches which are dedicated to "Saint Mary the Virgin" rather than Catholic ones. They tend to be "Our Lady of Ransom; Our Lady Star of the Sea; Our Lady Help of Christians" etc.
Jun
14
comment Is there a concise eschatology in the Catholic Church?
The answer, as with all such questions, lies in the Catechism. Start at para 673 but there's also 1038-1041. Unfortunately, not much in the Catechism is concise!
Jun
8
comment What must we do if the vast majority of the members of the Catholic Church here on earth profess heresy and are thus excommunicate?
While the tags are fine, in my opinion, what does "the Church" refer to? I suspect it's the Catholic Church, and I suspect it's asked from a sedevacantist viewpoint (We may need a tag for that). As being in communion with the Pope is the definition of a Catholic, by definition the Pope cannot profess heresy. That means a heretic Pope is in the Catholic Church, and everyone else is not. In that case, presumably one wouldn't worry about being excommunicate!
May
27
comment Why are Protestants from the Church of England allowed to divorce?
This official position of the Church of England is that it has no control over divorce. It allows clergy the freedom not to marry divorcees. There is no annulment process within the Church of England, but it also allows the freedom to accept that marriages may come to an end.
May
18
comment Do Catholics officially recognize Protestants as Christians?
However, even when explaining the Catechism(s), bear in mind that this question asks only about non-Catholic Christians. The position of Muslims is not relevant here (although there may be other questions where it is).
May
17
comment Do Catholics officially recognize Protestants as Christians?
838 isn't a problem, is it, really? And 841-844 specifically deal with non-Christians (including Muslims), which is not what this question is about: this question is about non-Catholic Christians.
May
16
comment Do Catholics officially recognize Protestants as Christians?
This answer ignores the positive statements in CCC 818 and 1271. It may also misconstrue what is meant by "The plan of salvation" as what that plan actually entails is not spelled out.
May
4
comment Can a Catholic married to an Orthodox in an Orthodox church re-celebrate her wedding in a Catholic church?
Uh-oh. The Vatican's online site is out of date, I think. The words "and has not defected from it by a formal act (nec actu formali ab ea defecerit) were omitted from Canons 1086.1, 1117 and 1124 by the Motu Proprio Omnium in Mentem of 26 October 2010. And there I was thinking it was authoritative. (It doesn't change this answer because defection is irrelevant in this case.)
Apr
25
comment Automatic Excommunication
I've now made this a more obvious Catholic doctrine question and less a pastoral advice question. Latae sententiae excommunication is remissible and Wikipedia has an article.
Apr
25
revised Automatic Excommunication
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Apr
25
comment Blessings of the Priest
Do you mean that every St Benedict cross/medal must be blessed, or that it doesn't have to be but if it is then then only an ordained person can do it? The OSB itself suggests the latter.
Apr
25
answered Doctrine of biblical inerrancy and Pope Benedict XVI questioning the historicity of passage in the Gospel of Matthew?
Apr
22
revised What do the Catholic Church consider constitutes intrinsically impossible things?
Expanded final paragraph
Apr
22
comment What do the Catholic Church consider constitutes intrinsically impossible things?
I've already got that. "God does not include them in his will or justice." Not doing what is contrary to his own nature is exactly what Aquinas is saying.
Apr
22
comment What do the Catholic Church consider constitutes intrinsically impossible things?
Is the edit better?
Apr
22
revised What do the Catholic Church consider constitutes intrinsically impossible things?
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Apr
22
answered What do the Catholic Church consider constitutes intrinsically impossible things?
Apr
13
awarded  Enlightened
Apr
13
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
12
comment Can you re-enter the catholic church after leaving?
Baptismal records (and those of confirmations and other ecclesial events) are never expunged. It's a historical record of an actual fact.