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Jun
23
awarded  Caucus
Mar
23
awarded  Yearling
Aug
10
comment When Jesus gave Peter his name (rock) what is the significance that he then said upon a ‘different’ kind of rock he would build his church?
I'm curious for your thoughts on (as I understand it) the original Aramaic not having this distinction. Also, as a side comment, we Catholics do not think that the Pope, Peter or any of his successors, are without sin, only that they are guided by the Holy Spirit not to definitively teach error.
Apr
4
comment Why are there fourteen stations of the cross?
Why He fell three times: I think the number three is a Hebraicism for "many times" (such as St Paul prayed 3x to have the thorn removed). But maybe someone more conversant in Hebracisms can verify that :)
Apr
3
comment How do Catholics justify confessing to a priest?
The key is contained in Peter Turner's answer below: the priest is acting in the person of Christ (in Persona Christi), dispensing Christ's forgiveness. The priest is only incidental to the conversation; he is not the mediator himself. The Scriptural basis for that model is as described in Peter Turner's post.
Apr
2
awarded  Critic
Mar
30
answered What's the point of the second commandment?
Mar
30
comment What is the theological background of the WWJD movement?
I've often thought that it might be good to consider Jesus' general principles before making decisions, but you can take it too far. Jesus did a lot of things that only make sense if you are God, Messiah, etc. He taught "not as the scribes do but as someone with authority" and most people don't have that authority.
Mar
29
answered What is known (and/or alleged) about the moral character of the 12 disciples?
Mar
27
comment Does following Christian spiritual law extremely, cause one to sin more?
Actually, contrary to popular belief, that the number of pedophile priests is not higher as a percentage than society at large, and may be significantly lower. For starters, see this article: thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2010/04/07/mean-men.html . There are also other sources that say the same thing, but that wasn't (exactly) the question :) So at least your one example is flawed, though I would be curious to know if you are aware of others.
Mar
23
awarded  Supporter
Mar
23
answered What is God's definition of forgiveness?
Mar
23
awarded  Editor
Mar
23
revised Why did Rome and Constantinople split in 1054 AD?
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Mar
23
comment Why did Rome and Constantinople split in 1054 AD?
Technically, after 1439 you would not be siding with either :) The Council of Florence taught that leavened bread was licit for consecration, which opened the door for the practice in the Eastern churches in communion with Rome to continue using their leavened bread. It's not licit in the Roman rite, which I believe makes it a small-t tradition and not a dogma. The Eastern view is that the leaven in the bread is like the soul in the body. Catholic view is that unleavened is what Jesus used at the Last Supper and it also recalls the Feast of Unleavened Bread during which the passion happened.
Mar
23
awarded  Teacher
Mar
23
answered Why did Rome and Constantinople split in 1054 AD?
Mar
23
awarded  Autobiographer