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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
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
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
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
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?"
May
12
comment Why do some Christians wear crosses?
Galatians 6:14 may also be relevant: "But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world," and words from the [Church of England] baptism service, "Do not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified."
May
9
comment What is the Roman Catholic method of salvation?
The thing about God is that he is constantly revealing himself and his doctrine. Current Catholic understanding is set out in the Catechism, from which I tend to quote.
May
9
comment What is the Roman Catholic method of salvation?
@jaredad7 Works flow from faith. They are not an imperative for justification: they are a sign of faith. Faith bursts out in works.
May
8
comment Did Jesus say “worship me, I am God”
@Zohal They started while he was still alive -- Matthew 16:16. They continued immediately after the resurrection -- John 20:28.
May
8
comment Did Jesus say “worship me, I am God”
The other answers show that your question is based on a false premise: Jesus did say that he was God -- and he proved it with miracles, not least the resurrection. He wasn't just some crackpot saying he was God. He was God. God must be worshipped. We worship Jesus as God.
May
7
comment As a protestant, may I participate in the Eucharist (Communion) when visiting a Catholic church?
This may answer the question, but it's worth noting that the Heidelberg Catechism, written in 1563, now misrepresents Catholicism by using the broad misunderstandings of the Reformation.
May
7
comment Miracle of the loaves and fishes, multiplication or sharing?
There appears to be a difference in how people interpret "multiplication" and "sharing". I've explained my interpretation in my answer, which I believe is consistent with both what the Pope said (and what I believe he meant) and 'traditional Catholicism' where no other food was involved except for five loaves and two small fish. As I wrote in my [edited] answer, I interpret "multiplication" to mean that the number of fish increased, which I don't believe happened.
May
4
comment What exactly was the purpose of the Council of Nicea?
Welcome to C.SE. What's the question again? There seem to be two contradictory questions here. A better question would be something like: "What was the purpose of the Council of Nicaea in 325AD? To settle the canon or something else?" This may seem to be nit-picking, but SE needs questions which are clearly stated and can be answered in one go. Either of your present questions can be answered, but then the other one might be missed.
May
4
comment What is this Bible with red printing?
@gideonmarx You seem ideally well-equipped to see if the end of John 16 matches!
May
4
comment What are the essential components of a Protestant evangelical church?
Hmm. Your edit seems to have invalidated my answer. Oh well...
May
2
comment Miracle of the loaves and fishes, multiplication or sharing?
@PeterTurner Feeding so many and having so much left over is the miracle. I don't see why that's so difficult to grasp, I'm afraid.
May
2
comment Miracle of the loaves and fishes, multiplication or sharing?
@davidbrainerd Quite. I don't know why people insist on twisting Francis' words to suit their own agenda. If what he said is read in context, he does not go against tradition: the small amount of food does not run out but keeps being divided and feeds them all.