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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.
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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.
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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.
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answered In the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, what is the the distinction between the gifts of wisdom, understanding, and knowledge?
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answered How does the Catholic Church reconcile the holy Catholic Church with (the) Pope(s) asking for forgiveness?
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revised Is there Biblical basis for idolatry being “things” we put higher than God?
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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!).
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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!
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answered Is there Biblical basis for idolatry being “things” we put higher than God?
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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.
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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!
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comment Do non-Catholic traditions ever have family altars?
@Anonymous It might be worth clarifying, "family altar" is sort of a misleading term a lot of Catholics tend to use. But, it's not a dogmatically accurate term: christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/27347/… ... a particularly important distinction when we're speaking with folks who may not realize the purpose of said "prayer corners" isn't sacrifice, per se. (Other than of one's time, perhaps.)
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comment Do non-Catholic traditions ever have family altars?
@curiousdannii To be clear though, Catholics aren't offering any sort of new sacrifice on their altars during the mass either. They're offering the same sacrifice (of the cross), bound through space and time ...
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comment Do Catholics tithe?
8 to 9% of their taxable income? ... You sure you don't mean 8 to 9% of their income tax? (Not the most authoritative resource, but Wikipedia suggests the latter: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_tax#Germany)