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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
29
comment The Virgin Mary, “the perfect non-divine human being”
Maria co-redemptrix is not a formally-defined dogma, although Irenaeus (before 200AD) referred to Mary as "cause of our salvation" because she bore Christ. It is in that way that without Mary there would be no salvation.
Apr
28
comment Why doesn't Catholic Church support female priesthood?
Oh, and Inter Insigniores, Christifideles laici, and Presbyterorum ordinis.
Apr
28
comment Why doesn't Catholic Church support female priesthood?
I think this is probably too big a question to get a full answer ("If you can imagine a book written on the subject..."). Answers will need to consider Gaudum et Spes, Lumen Gentium, Redemptoris Mater, Mulieris Dignitatem and Apostolicam Actuositatem. Not to mention Ordinatio Sacerdotalis.
Apr
27
comment Can a married person be elected as the Pope?
Um. The Bishop of Rome is a Roman Catholic bishop. First in Wikipedia's list. As the principal bishop in the catholic Church of Christ, he's pope.
Apr
27
comment Can a married person be elected as the Pope?
You miss the point. The conclave does not elect the pope: it elects the Bishop of Rome, and it always has done. The Bishop of Rome is the pope.
Apr
27
comment Can a married person be elected as the Pope?
@Dundee Actually the conclave elects the bishop of Rome, who is pope because Rome is the primary see. I'll attempt to find a reference, but as the custom is buried in antiquity, there may not be much online to link to.
Apr
25
comment Why does a beheaded saint have the halo above the stump?
St Chrysolius had the top of his head sliced off, and was a student of St Denys.
Apr
24
comment Catholic Marriage to an Infertile spouse
I've found a full treatment of this question in a blog by a real canon lawyer.
Apr
24
comment Why are there no longer large-scale miracles from God?
Whatever. I didn't realise you were a neurosurgeon. Sorry about that.
Apr
24
comment Why are there no longer large-scale miracles from God?
@TimDev "His doctors were unable to provide any medical explanation for the change in his condition" but I'm impressed that you can!
Apr
24
comment Why are there no longer large-scale miracles from God?
Deacon Jack Sullivan's modern miracle isn't fluffy and questionable.
Apr
24
comment Stephen, The First Saint?
@david Except that Adam was only redeemed by the second Adam, so presumably all OT people became saints at the same time.
Apr
23
comment Can you renounce part of the bible, and still be a Christian?
You can call yourself whatever you want to. Is your question really about whether others will accept you as a Christian?
Apr
23
comment Stephen, The First Saint?
I think it's a misunderstanding. Stephen was the first martyr. "First" on its own doesn't have much meaning.
Apr
23
comment Stephen, The First Saint?
Define first. You have already stated that Ulrich was the first to be canonised; Stephen was the first martyr; Dismas the first person to die after Jesus; Peter, first among equals...
Apr
23
answered Stephen, The First Saint?
Apr
23
comment Is there a doctrinally supported name for a designated “home prayer space” in the RCC?
+1 This is the right answer, supported by the Catechism. It's not a church (Can 1214), oratory (Can 1223), shrine (Can 1230) or altar (Can 1237).
Apr
22
revised Why does Jesus' Resurrection mean hope for an individual and in what context?
Formatted indicating quotations; and as an answer, not a forum post.
Apr
20
comment Catholic Marriage to an Infertile spouse
To answer the first question: yes. 1084.1 is quite explicit. I can't remember what "absolute"/"relative" mean, but it appears not to matter. Note that the marriage is only canonically nullable: it is grounds for an annulment on civil divorce. It doesn't mean that the state's recognition of the putative marriage is incorrect.
Apr
20
comment Catholic Marriage to an Infertile spouse
The Church has matrimonial tribunals to adjudicate on such cases. They would start with the canon law I quote in my answer.