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comment How would God be a mother if he isn't human, or made out of flesh and blood.
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's vulgar and unclear.
Jul
23
comment Does the Catholic Church believe prostitution should be legalized?
St. Augustine also made many retractions; this could be one of them.
Jul
23
comment Does the Catholic Church believe prostitution should be legalized?
Augustine supposedly saying "If you do away with harlots, the world will be convulsed with lust" conflicts with St. Thomas Aquinas's view that the appetites indulged leads to more lust.
Jul
21
comment What are the moral, religious, and promissory obligations of canon lawyers?
Canon laywer Ed Peters has many excellent resources on his site: canonlaw.info
Jul
16
comment Do the Orthodox and Catholic Churches allow participation in each others' services?
From a Catholic point of view, there is no problem with (a) a Roman Catholic attending an Orthodox Divine Liturgy and receiving communion or (b) an Orthodox attending a Roman Catholic mass and receiving communion. That's an unsubstantiated opinion.
Jul
13
comment What Christians connected the Great Schism and Crab Nebula Supernova (1054 A.D.)?
@StephenMontgomery-Smith The Magi used the stars (creation) to discover their cause (the Creator). (Creation is to God as effects are to their causes or signs are to the signified.)
Jul
13
comment What Christians connected the Great Schism and Crab Nebula Supernova (1054 A.D.)?
@StephenMontgomery-Smith Yes, that's what I meant when I said, in my edit of the question, "…how they saw the supernova as a sign, not of a future event, but of, for example, God's displeasure at the Great Schism."
Jul
13
comment What Christians connected the Great Schism and Crab Nebula Supernova (1054 A.D.)?
@StephenMontgomery-Smith Perhaps "Christians" is better than "theologians" or "anyone". That way the Bagdad Christian, Ibn Buṭlān, mentioned here could be an answer to this question.
Jul
13
revised What Christians connected the Great Schism and Crab Nebula Supernova (1054 A.D.)?
deleted 5 characters in body; edited title
Jul
13
comment What Christians connected the Great Schism and Crab Nebula Supernova (1054 A.D.)?
If this monk said the siege was a real possibility, he was likely noting that, as St. Thomas said (ibid. ad 2), "a great number of men follow their bodily passions, so that their actions are for the most part disposed in accordance with the inclination of the heavenly bodies: while there are few, namely, the wise alone, who moderate these inclinations by their reason. The result is that astrologers in many cases foretell the truth, especially in public occurrences which depend on the multitude," as did the Siege of Vienna.
Jul
13
comment What Christians connected the Great Schism and Crab Nebula Supernova (1054 A.D.)?
@StephenMontgomery-Smith I've never heard of that monk's prediction of the Siege of Vienna. If this question is reopened, I could answer more in detail whether and why such a prediction is sinful divination or a lawful reading of "the signs of the times." In short, if this monk claimed the comet necessarily entailed the Siege of Vienna would occur, he was engaging in unlawful divination.
Jul
13
comment What Christians connected the Great Schism and Crab Nebula Supernova (1054 A.D.)?
@StephenMontgomery-Smith: I've removed the "prominent" qualifier. For this question to fair on this site, it seems we'll have to restrict it to theologians, not anyone (e.g., secular historians, et al.).
Jul
13
revised What Christians connected the Great Schism and Crab Nebula Supernova (1054 A.D.)?
made the question more general
Jul
13
revised What Christians connected the Great Schism and Crab Nebula Supernova (1054 A.D.)?
made the question narrower; showed how it is not about divination or foreknowledge by means of the stars; asked how stars can be signs (à la Genesis 1:14)
Jul
13
comment What Christians connected the Great Schism and Crab Nebula Supernova (1054 A.D.)?
I've nominated to reopen.
Jul
13
revised What Christians connected the Great Schism and Crab Nebula Supernova (1054 A.D.)?
made the question narrower; showed how it is not about divination or foreknowledge by means of the stars; asked how stars can be signs (à la Genesis 1:14)
Jul
10
asked Do Catholics consider saying “Jeez(e)!” to be a violation of the Second Commandment?
Jul
8
comment What are some of the reasons for which Catholics are against gender-neutral secular marriage?
@BCLC What benefits do same-sex unions have for the State? No children (future citizens for a nation) can come out of such unions.
Jul
6
answered Can a practicing Catholic who joined a Protestant church still receive communion in the Catholic church?
Jul
5
answered What are some of the reasons for which Catholics are against gender-neutral secular marriage?