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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.


Apr
2
comment Is Mary, “Mother of God”, the mother of the Son or of the whole trinity?
Not my downvote, but it's not correct: Jesus is God, so Mary is Mother of God. The Father is God, but Mary is not mother of the Father. But that doesn't stop her being Mother of God, because Jesus is God. See Athanasius
Mar
31
awarded  Pundit
Mar
29
answered What is the Catholic view of Matthew 18:20 in this technology age?
Mar
26
comment Why The Church keeps on collecting a Tithe?
Taking the Boston example, it has a cash reserve of about a quarter of its annual expenditure, or a cushion of three months. That's pretty seat-of-your-pants finances.
Mar
26
comment What is the theology behind bodily relics?
Quite. And God works miracles through the relics of his saints. This is the theology, which the question asked for.
Mar
26
comment What is the theology behind bodily relics?
So what about Acts 19:12 and its second-class relics?
Mar
26
comment What is the theology behind bodily relics?
Worship is very much an attitude of mind: one worships God (and that may include bows or genuflections in some traditions), but merely putting a relic on a throne/reliquary doesn't imply worship — because it isn't God. That is why Jerome's teaching is so important.
Mar
26
comment What is the theology behind bodily relics?
If you're American, that might be difficult! In monarchical societies, one honours the monarch or their representative by kissing their hand, bowing, or whatever. That's not worshipping them. But -- along with the carriages, throne and ermine robes -- it's a form of veneration [which I believe is not practised in presidential societies]. Could that sort of analogy help explain the difference?
Mar
26
revised What is the theology behind bodily relics?
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Mar
26
comment What is the theology behind bodily relics?
@jlaverde OK. I misread your comment (but it's not anti-biblical: see my answer). I'll edit my reference to the comment. Thanks for alerting me.
Mar
26
answered What is the theology behind bodily relics?
Mar
26
comment Why The Church keeps on collecting a Tithe?
Cash & Cash equivalent $89m; Fixed assets $485m. It's difficult to liquidate fixed assets. Income $345m; mission expenditure $311m. On the other hand, if you're not asking about the Catholic Church, why quote Time Magazine?
Mar
26
awarded  Custodian
Mar
26
reviewed Leave Closed What is the Christian take on reincarnation?
Mar
26
reviewed Close If there is only one God, why are there so many different religions?
Mar
26
revised Why The Church keeps on collecting a Tithe?
If you're going to quote, quote accurately.
Mar
26
comment Why The Church keeps on collecting a Tithe?
The Catholic Church doesn't collect a tithe; and it doesn't have an enormous amount of money (although some property, built in another age, may now be quite valuable). Your question may be built on a false premise.
Mar
26
comment Why do many churches use grape juice in communion?
Welcome to C.SE. This is not a discussion site; it's a Q&A site. How does this answer answer the question "Why use grape juice?"
Mar
26
comment Why does Jesus say “Why have you forsaken me?”
I think the question could be fleshed out a bit. The simple answer to "Why?" is "Because he was forsaken by the Father". If you are asking why he was forsaken then that's a whole different ball-game.
Mar
25
comment What is the significance of the names of the 4 rivers in the Garden of Eden?
Just for completeness, the four rivers are Pishon, Gihon, Tigris and Euphrates.