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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.


May
24
comment According to Catholic doctrine, would a cloned human being have a soul?
There are a number of published documents on cloning, but I don't believe any of them touch on the possession of a soul. I've detailed the position on IVF already, and the default position there is that the life created does have a soul worth saving. But the method of creating that life is not justified.
May
23
comment Do the Catholic Church ex cathedra pronouncements about necessity of Catholicism to be saved still apply?
I think Gregory was asking about your analysis of Francis' statements. Whether that's the case or not, I'd be interested in that (I think you're right; I need proof you're right!)
May
23
comment Do the Catholic Church ex cathedra pronouncements about necessity of Catholicism to be saved still apply?
Yes: @DJC is correct. The statements were made before the Reformation, but after the Great Schism. The "Catholic Church" includes the Orthodox, and there were no Protestants to worry about.
May
23
comment Does the Holy Spirit's procession from the Father and Son infringe on the co-equality of the Trinity?
Well if the PCPCU's document The Father as the Source of the whole Trinity is the official teaching, I don't see a problem. Everything was lost in translation from Greek into Latin and back again, fuelled by poor communications in the Dark Ages. Oops.
May
23
comment What is omitted from the current Western, Catholic Psalter?
So it's the Liturgy of the Hours as published in the US in July 1999 (it may be subtly different in other territories). Perhaps you could include an example along the lines of "Terce on the Wednesday of Week 23 uses Psalm 136/137 but only the first six verses, as I quote here..." because that will show exactly what's happening and make further research easier as it will also show exactly which version of the psalter is being used.
May
22
comment Who is the comforter?
Perhaps you would like to edit your question so that all of it is coherently in one place? [Note also Acts 2:1-4]
May
22
comment Who is the comforter?
It seems to me that the quote answers the question.
May
22
comment When & where did the word “Christian” originate?
@Matt Perhaps you could edit that into your question. Currently it makes a false assertion anyway.
May
22
comment When & where did the word “Christian” originate?
Just beaten to it! +1
May
22
revised Was Catholicism the first denomination?
Formatted the list and (pedantically) tidied up some spelling and punctuation
May
21
comment How is “binding and loosing” extrapolated to all clergy?
@gideonmarx It's St Thomas Aquinas and the quotes are from his Summa Theologica (as the links indicate, although an explicit reference would indeed be good).
May
21
awarded  Civic Duty
May
19
answered What determines when the Flores de Mayo and the Santacruzan festival will occur each year?
May
17
comment Does the pope get paid for being the pope?
It's probably not a good idea to base an answer on a three-year-old blog posting which contains no internal evidence of research and whose own links are broken.
May
16
comment What biblical/traditional elements lead Catholics to believe that saints can hear our prayers?
Surely this is a duplicate of at least one of the “Related” questions in the sidebar like 767 or 6382? There's also my answer to another question about Biblical justification
May
15
revised Is the Genesis creation account consistent with the Big Bang theory according to Catholic theology?
Augustine analysed Genesis as allegory
May
15
answered Is the Genesis creation account consistent with the Big Bang theory according to Catholic theology?
May
14
comment Does the Pope have the authority to baptize aliens (martians)?
Please read what the Pope actually said -- just the words -- without trying to read into those words something he did not say. If the Pope did say that he would baptize aliens, then quote the exact words in context (with a link, as links are always useful). Crucial in the linked report is the word irony and the question the Pope actually leaves unanswered.
May
14
comment Why does an omnipotent God allow evil to flourish on his earth?
Indeed. This is the human experience in all aspects of life, from Stone Age astronomy through Aristotle and Ptolemy to the Hubble Deep Field. It's no different with knowing God: he reveals what we're ready for.
May
12
comment Praying to people outside the Trinity
How does this answer address the question of whether invocation of saints is "widely practised in any other denomination? If so, who do they pray to and why?"