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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.


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comment Did Jesus spend time in Hell between the crucifixion and resurrection?
Regrettably, I don't think this answers the question. You can't answer the question "Did Christ go down to Hell?" with "Well, no, because Hell doesn't exist. And he's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy." This is to replace Christian doctrine with doctrine which is not Christian. The answer does explain Matthew 27:52 though.
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comment What denominations use the Revised Common Lectionary?
Is this a list question? (And my copy of the RCL is just a table of references; there are no texts included. We used the NIV for the readings.)
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comment Is there a significance of the “Christian name”?
Broadly, yes. A colleague of mine named his daughter Mhairi, which although obviously derived from Mary is not pronounced like that at all. Many Gaelic names have seemingly odd pronunciations. Asian or African Christians may want to preserve their culture through their children's names, which are completely foreign to English. But a name like "Apple" would raise eyebrows.
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comment Is there a significance of the “Christian name”?
There are no canonical restrictions on names in the Church of England. That said, parents would be urged to choose a name with Christian connections. But that doesn't stop exotic names being chosen. Catholic Canon Law (C.855) mandates "Parents, sponsors and parish priests are to take care that a name is not given which is foreign to christian sentiment."
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comment Is there a significance of the “Christian name”?
Confirmation names can be taken in the Church of England too. A Confirmation name is fairly obviously a Christian name; but it's not a baptismal name, and it's not recorded on the birth certificate. Thus it's not generally part of someone's "official" record unless the confirmand takes the trouble to action a deed poll and change all occurrences of his baptismal name to include the new one. I haven't bothered with mine yet!
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comment Is there a significance of the “Christian name”?
Which tradition and culture are you asking about? Is it the Unitarian Universalist Church; or some other? (The tags are not clear)
Apr
15
comment Which is the 'correct' bible for Catholics?
@Caleb This answer specifically refers to USCCB, who have not approved the JB/NJB for public worship.
Apr
13
comment Why worship saints / Mary / Angels?
And this answers the question "How can a dead saint aid you in any way, he's dead .. he can't help you?"
Apr
13
comment Why do some Protestants divide the Blood of Christ into individual cups?
Hmm. That hinges on the translation of a single word διαμερισατε, which could easily be translated as share among rather than divide among; and I counter that passage with Mark 14:23, where they all drank of a single cup.
Apr
11
comment What does this Catholic symbol mean?
I suspect that it's nothing more than a decorated handle, perhaps simply to fill the space in the shield.
Apr
10
comment Why don't Catholics divide the blood of Christ into individual cups?
Perhaps I might ask a related question about why some Protestant denominations use little glasses for the wine...
Apr
7
comment Which Catholic encyclicals discuss the Catholic teaching on the results of Jesus' sacrifice?
Quite a lot of this is answered in the Catechism which has biblical references rather than encyclical.
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
27
comment How do you know if you believe?
Surely the answer to this question is the same as the answer to "How do you know if you're in love?" – "You just do."
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
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.