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answered Are there any Catholic sects which disagree with the sinlessness of Mary?
Aug
21
comment Understanding grace
In case I don't have time for a full, cited answer later: Everyone is suitably "en-graced" for their particular calling. We don't merit grace by any action. But, our actions can be the vehicles by which grace is delivered or manifest. Similarly, our actions and inactions can also block grace. So, at any given point in time, God's got a mission for you. He pumps you full of the necessary graces to accomplish that mission. Your decision to respond to God takes the form of prayer and good action. Grace becomes manifest. Inaction and explicit sin impedes that grace.
Aug
10
comment Why does Jesus say this about disciples forgiving others their sins?
Without interest in a specific denomination, this is an opinion question.
Aug
9
comment Why can't Catholicism just drop its Marian devotion?
@FMShyanguya I think you misunderstand. In any case, if you think motherhood is a critical aspect to understanding the theological importance of Mary to the Church, post an answer and cite some sources!
Jul
31
reviewed Approve suggested edit on jasher tag wiki excerpt
Jul
31
reviewed Approve suggested edit on absalom tag wiki excerpt
Jul
28
comment Is the Catholic Church NOT against all birth control?
@fredsbend Contraception-free intercourse, even where NFP is involved, is still "ordered" towards procreation: Neither the male, nor the female biology, nor the act itself is altered or inhibited. Each is "operating" in its natural state. Put another way, the persons and the act are the same act regardless of whether the act is fertile at that time. Contraception changes one of the the persons or the act. Also oft-noted, NFP demands sexual discipline; contraception generally serves a lack thereof.
Jul
28
comment How does the Catholic Church reconcile the holy Catholic Church with (the) Pope(s) asking for forgiveness?
Just bear in mind, the Church itself is a mystery. The Church acknowledges that: The Church itself has a self-acknowledged, limited understanding of its own self.
Jul
28
comment How does the Catholic Church reconcile the holy Catholic Church with (the) Pope(s) asking for forgiveness?
Sure. If time allows, I'll dig up some resources for you. But very briefly, the The Church as Mystical Body of Christ is certainly without spot or wrinkle. But, we (you, me, and the Pope) are explicitly talking about something mystical there -- something largely beyond our understanding. Something eternal. The visible Church in time is, as Ephesians explicitly notes along with all the Church fathers and the present day Church, composed of sinful individuals.
Jul
28
answered In the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, what is the the distinction between the gifts of wisdom, understanding, and knowledge?
Jul
28
revised How does the Catholic Church reconcile the holy Catholic Church with (the) Pope(s) asking for forgiveness?
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Jul
28
answered How does the Catholic Church reconcile the holy Catholic Church with (the) Pope(s) asking for forgiveness?
Jul
10
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
3
revised Is there Biblical basis for idolatry being “things” we put higher than God?
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Jul
3
comment Is there Biblical basis for idolatry being “things” we put higher than God?
@fredsbend The etymology was in the linked Wikipedia page, which is consistent with other sources and talks I've encountered. But, I've edited the answer to make it more clear my interpretation is supported by Wikipedia (and wherever Wikipedia got it's info!).
Jul
3
revised Is there Biblical basis for idolatry being “things” we put higher than God?
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Jul
3
comment Is there Biblical basis for idolatry being “things” we put higher than God?
It got late ... hence, this answer hasn't been very well reviewed! Corrections are welcome!
Jul
3
answered Is there Biblical basis for idolatry being “things” we put higher than God?
Jul
3
comment Do non-Catholic traditions ever have family altars?
... I'm tempted to edit the question to more accurately relate it to the Catholic practice. But, I'm also suspicious that the question depends on a misunderstanding of the Catholic practice! Not that many Catholics don't call their prayer nooks "family altars" or similar; the terminology is just dogmatically incorrect and implies a sacrificial function that these things don't play.
Jul
3
comment Do non-Catholic traditions ever have family altars?
I'm tempted to upvote this, because it's accurate (see my comments in the OP); but, it doesn't answer the question!