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Sep
27
comment What is the origin of the idea that the baby Jesus did not cry?
Sorry, what has Heb 4:15 to do with the question of whether Jesus cried as an infant? Could it be interpreted (even figuratively) as saying sin=crying and since he did not sin he did not cry? I don't see the relevance of that quote if that is not what it's being adduced to say.
Sep
26
comment What's “reciprocal subsidiarity”?
Christianity has everything to do with politics, because it is through politics that a just society is created. Pope Francis is talking about how to live in society: "Love God, and love your neighbour as yourself" -- and it's that last exhortation which is probably what he meant by "reciprocal subsidiarity".
Sep
20
comment Why does the Roman Catholic church allow girls to serve the altar?
@Dick While you may be right that sopranos are female voices, you may have forgotten that trebles (boys) sing in many choirs worldwide, and a substantial number continue to do so once their voices break.
Sep
4
comment Besides Paul, were there any other enemies of the early church who converted to Christianity?
Well, notably there was Constantine, but that was quite a bit later than the apostolic period.
Aug
31
comment In the Latin Catholic Church, would clerics administer the last rites if the sick person's illness is contagious and deadly?
See Fr Zuhlsdorf's blog where the relevant Canon (1000.2) is cited.
Aug
31
comment Which is the “correct” bible for Catholics?
...in your opinion. Can you provide objective substantiation for the assertion, however valid that might be? This is Stack Exchange, not a forum!
Aug
25
comment What Christian denominations accept the idea of a pre-Genesis creation?
This is a question to which every answer is equally valid, which is a type of question which is off-topic. Could you refine it to ask about a particular tradition's viewpoint? For example, "Some Biblical Scholars" must come from a particular tradition; ask about that one, or another. But make the question specific or it's likely to be closed as Too Broad.
Aug
19
comment According to the Catholic Church, is practicing spiritism moral?
Well, yes, except that Kardec [mentioned in the question] used seances. These occasions either tame occult (hidden) powers, or they exploit credulity.
Aug
19
comment If a husband wants to recommit to Catholicism but his wife does not want to convert, will they be considered to be adulterers?
@Flimzy I wondered about that. I've now edited my answer to cover that -- it's actually not clear what the sin would be, if it is one at all.
Aug
19
comment If a husband wants to recommit to Catholicism but his wife does not want to convert, will they be considered to be adulterers?
It goes without saying (but I'll say it anyway) that anyone who is in this situation needs to see their parish priest as the sacraments of the Church are mediated through the clergy. But hopefully this answer will give an idea of what to expect.
Aug
19
comment If a husband wants to recommit to Catholicism but his wife does not want to convert, will they be considered to be adulterers?
@TianySlowriver I've added this additional data to the question.
Aug
19
comment If a husband wants to recommit to Catholicism but his wife does not want to convert, will they be considered to be adulterers?
@brasshat That's easily rectified (and I have!)
Aug
19
comment If a husband wants to recommit to Catholicism but his wife does not want to convert, will they be considered to be adulterers?
Do either of you have another divorced spouse still living? Or is this the first marriage for both of you?
Aug
1
comment What do Christians against state recognition of same-sex marriage think of the fourteenth amendment in US law?
@Manwe So the "correct" course of action is to provide the additional right by creating a new primary right like the UK's Civil Partnership [of blessed memory], rather than by redefining marriage.
Aug
1
comment What do Christians against state recognition of same-sex marriage think of the fourteenth amendment in US law?
@Red This is at least the second "skimmed" comment you have made. Please do people the courtesy of reading a comprehensive answer which they have taken the trouble to write.
Jul
31
comment Does the Catholic Church believe prostitution should be legalized?
Re second comment: Read CCC 2355 which I quoted. You could also try other paragraphs of the Catechism around there. Re first comment: I've no idea how the US picks its wars, and I'm not going to start trying to understand it. You asked about the position of the Church: its position is that prostitution is sinful.
Jul
23
comment Does the Catholic Church believe prostitution should be legalized?
Where does that quote come from? Quotes should be linked but must be explicitly cited in plain text (just in case the link disappears).
Jul
20
comment What is the origin among the Church of England of the Paschal Greeting?
The CofE adopted the Orthodox Easter greeting for its 1980 Alternative Services Book. Do you want references to the General Synod/Liturgical Commission discussions about its appearance? What are you actually asking here? (You already note that the Easter Greeting is an Orthodox thing.)
Jul
17
comment What did Pope Francis mean when he said “who am I to judge” homosexuals?
@Mr.Bultitude I know I've answered this question, but I can't find it in my answers in my profile. I think the question was deleted. Presumably my answer wasn't upvoted :-( Feel free to flag this comment for moderator attention; mods can search deleted things.
Jul
17
comment What did Pope Francis mean when he said “who am I to judge” homosexuals?
It has already been asked, because I'm sure I answered it.