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Apr
6
accepted Why can't Catholicism just drop its Marian devotion?
Apr
4
comment According to the Catholic Church, what did Jesus mean by saying that the least in the kingdom of heaven in greater than John the Baptist?
I'm not sure there's a a dogmatic answer to this. But, Chrysostom's 37th homily on Matthew talks about it. And, while I haven't had a chance to read it in full yet, I get the sense that A) It's not intended to be a "strict comparison." And directly related, B) earthly notions of greatness are fundamentally broken. And I can attest that both of those points will be pretty familiar to a Church-going Catholic...
Mar
1
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Feb
13
comment Why doesn't the Pope try asserting doctrines ex cathedra to check if they're true?
@fredsbend sure. If they weren't planning on removing themselves, why not?
Feb
13
comment Why doesn't the Pope try asserting doctrines ex cathedra to check if they're true?
If I forget to come back to this question, or if it gets VTC'd, the short answer is: "The Holy Spirit." It's not at all unheard of for a Pope to be in office months or day before dying of "natural" causes. ... Christ promised that the Church would prevail against the powers of darkness. If that promise is to hold, and if people themselves are fallible, it stands to reason that God's gotta kill off a few Popes to keep the teachings pure. ... Just sayin'.
Feb
13
comment Why doesn't the Pope try asserting doctrines ex cathedra to check if they're true?
Not the best question, because it seeks to delve into the motives of individuals. But, if you were to ask, "what prevents the Pope from speaking falsehoods ex cathedra?" or something along that vein, that's answerable.
Feb
12
comment What specific good does Catholicism attribute to play and entertainment?
@MattGutting Oh boy. Do you have JavaScript play-things you'd be willing to share? ... I'm always interested to see what folks are doing.
Feb
12
comment What specific good does Catholicism attribute to play and entertainment?
@MattGutting Right. In my understanding, pleasure itself is good precisely because pleasurable acts refer to an eternal good. Or something like that.
Feb
12
comment What specific good does Catholicism attribute to play and entertainment?
@DJClayworth Maybe-ish. But, is pleasure always good? What makes it good? And why should leisure be pleasurable? And why is its particular pleasure good? ... And what Catholic sources support the notion that "all work and no play makes svidgen a dull boy?" ... or whatever.
Feb
12
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Feb
12
asked What specific good does Catholicism attribute to play and entertainment?
Feb
1
comment Roman Catholic: Is piracy of information and media wrong in all circumstances?
@BCLC If you're suggesting that the concern is not the whole point of question, it is at least the motivation behind it -- quite obviously, I'd say. And, I think my answer is pretty clear: Yes, piracy is probably a sin; but the legal or permissible downloading of someone else's IP is by definition not piracy. And while I'd argue that it's not all that simple from a moral standpoint if piracy laws simply change, it is at least no longer a question of piracy if they do.
Feb
1
comment Roman Catholic: Is piracy of information and media wrong in all circumstances?
@BCLC To respond to apparent concerns in the question regarding whether piracy (or any immoral act) may be morally permissible on the general grounds that "the other guy isn't playing nice." And the point of the remainder of the answer is that, by definition, it isn't actually piracy if you can reasonably presume you have the other guy's permission.
Nov
5
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Oct
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Aug
21
comment Does a list exist showing Papal succession from Peter through our current Pope?
@sirdank Not all of them are saints ...
Jul
19
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Jun
29
comment “Blessed Virgin” - not Saint?
She is often referred to as Saint Mary. The Blessed Virgin and The Blessed Lady are titles that distinguish her from other virgins and ladies. It's Saint Virgin or Saint Lady because it sounds weird!
Jun
26
comment How does the Catholic Magisterium advise the married laity to defend the institution of marriage?
Is it always necessary to not sound like a jerk?
Jun
26
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