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Mar
20
comment If a Catholic converts to some Protestant religion is he excommunicated or given any official rebuke by the Church?
In a case where someone sees "Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church" and it is clear that the life of that parish is very much like the life of a Roman Catholic parish, the person might not realize that this is Polish and not Roman. Therefore it is a schismatic Church. Joining it is against canon law. On the other hand joining a Byzantine Catholic Church is NOT against canon law.
Mar
20
comment If a Catholic converts to some Protestant religion is he excommunicated or given any official rebuke by the Church?
@Geremia The problem with the logic, "how was he Catholic in the first place" My point is that there are numerous cases where unless someone asked the right questions, they might still be acting in good faith. Polish Catholic and Armenian Catholic are two great examples where if someone were to enter into the parish, it's conceivable that they might not understand that this Church is not in communion with Rome. (Polish liturgy looks similar to Novus Ordo, and Armenian is an Eastern Church)
Mar
20
comment If a Catholic converts to some Protestant religion is he excommunicated or given any official rebuke by the Church?
@Geremia Legally and morally? No, a person who is not capable of understanding murder is not culpable for murder. In the eyes of the Church what they did was very much NOT a mortal sin, in the eyes of the law they would not be sent to prison but to a mental institution.
Mar
19
comment If a Catholic converts to some Protestant religion is he excommunicated or given any official rebuke by the Church?
@Geremia A requirement of latæ sententiæ excommunication is that you understand that the act is, in fact, something which will invoke latæ sententiæ excommunication. In the case of the Polish Catholic Church it might be very difficult for a layman to know the difference.
Mar
18
comment If a Catholic converts to some Protestant religion is he excommunicated or given any official rebuke by the Church?
@Geremia It is possible, for example, to join the Masons and not realize that it is forbidden and that their creeds are not consistent with ours. Or it might be possible for someone to worship with the Polish Catholic Church not realizing that they split with the Roman Catholic Church a number of years ago.
Aug
30
comment Can a Catholic priest take Anglican services?
@Geremia And the infusion of Old Catholic lineage into Anglican orders is something which happened after that declaration, which means that if an Anglican is ordained by someone using the valid Old Catholic rite, then the Anglican is ordained.
Aug
30
comment Can a Catholic priest take Anglican services?
@Geremia Yes, but read the declaration. The reason that their orders are invalid is because of a change of rite to make the bishopric a temporal office instead of a consecration to God. That change lasted for 200 years, making it impossible for there to be any Anglican bishops who were validly ordained to survive.
Aug
28
comment Can a Catholic priest take Anglican services?
This means that it is possible that a bishop was ordained a priest invalidly but a valid bishop was there for the consecration. Since a man must be a priest to be a bishop these lines start getting very muddled very quickly.
Aug
28
comment Can a Catholic priest take Anglican services?
@brasshat Anglicans recognize RCC orders. RCC view Anglicans as "maybe they're ordained, maybe they aren't." This is because of a change in the rite of ordination (which invalidated their orders) combined with the fact that the Old Catholics (a group from the Netherlands I think) later started participating in the consecration of Anglican bishops. Since the Old Catholic had valid orders, then a bishops ordination is conditional on whether he was ordained by a valid bishop and consecrated by a valid bishop.
Aug
28
comment Can a Catholic priest take Anglican services?
My understanding is that they are conditionally ordained, as the apostolic succession is ambiguous at best.
Jul
27
comment Catholic Church's History Reflects The life of Christ?
Late middle ages – You mean like when Thomas Acquinas and Francis of Assisi preached? No? What about Catherine of Sienna? Or perhaps you refer to the Renaissance writer Thomas Moore? The hierarchy had its failings, but saying the "Church was corrupt" is a generalization of the worst kind.
Jun
23
comment What is the difference between AME and AME Zion Churches
– can you add that to your answer?
Jun
19
comment What is the difference between AME and AME Zion Churches
But how are they different? Are they different? I've read the Wikipedia entries and am still wondering.
Apr
20
comment Why are wise men common in contemporary [American] nativity scenes?
@MattGutting The Nativity set is attributed to St. Francis Assissi. He most certainly would have expected a 12 day liturgical season.
Apr
19
comment Why isn't the Eucharist of protestant churches considered valid by non-protestants?
@thedarkwanderer Ok. My point is that Leo XIII's bull is of dubious relevance here.
Mar
3
comment Was the Scapegoat of Leviticus an allusion to Barabbas?
And Luke says his first name is "Jesus".
Mar
3
comment What is the biblical argument against baptism by sprinkling/pouring?
I don't think it was obvious that the eunuch would have been carrying water at all – he might have had wine.
Jan
20
comment Was Bible Revealed to Jesus? (Christian Perspective)
@Steve That isn't really accurate: while much of the Bible was written well before Christ, some of it was written within 200 years of Christ's birth (even excluding Maccabees: some of Daniel is clearly from < 200 years BC).
Jan
2
comment What are the main differences between the Catholic and Protestant definitions of Biblical inerrancy?
@thedarkwanderer Correct, however it is not a matter of faith. Again: those who take Genesis literally are exceptions. That said, I have difficulty believing that there aren't large populations who do take the account as literal and in doing so it cannot be said that they are in any way going against defined doctrine (which is arguably beyond the power of the Church anyway: the story of creation is not a matter of faith and morals).
Dec
1
comment Prominent Theologians' answer to: What is “The Parable of the Shrewd Manager” about?
In case anyone is interested in a SYS: this was presented by Dr. Gregory Glasov in his course on Biblical Hebrew in 2007. I do not have the specific date of the lecture.