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Do the Catholic Church ex cathedra pronouncements about necessity of Catholicism to be saved still apply?

I think the following was spoken Ex Cathedra: “The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but ...
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Is it official Catholic dogma that Mary is the wife of the Holy Spirit?

I've seen many posts here from Catholics describing Mary as the spouse or wife of the Holy Spirit. Catholic Answers calls it a "pious custom". Is this official Catholic dogma? If so, when was it ...
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Why doesn't the Pope try asserting doctrines ex cathedra to check if they're true?

My understanding is that the Catholic Church teaches that when the Pope speaks ex cathedra, he is infallible, because what he says in such instances is divinely protected from error. There are a lot ...
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When did a "formal act of correction" of a pope's statement happen in the past?

In this article Cardinal Raymond Burke has now indicated the cardinals are contemplating a “formal correction” should the pope fail to address their concerns. Also, he states: Historically, in the ...
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Do Catholic anathemas apply to people who lived before it was codified?

For example: Do the anathema issued by the Council of Trent regarding the canon of the scripture applies to the Church Fathers who believed in different canons in the early church before the Council ...
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From the perspective of Catholicism, are there or have there been any Protestant saints?

From the perspective of Catholicism, are there or have there been any Protestant saints? Is this something possible at least in principle? Theoretically speaking, could a Protestant attain the status ...
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Are 'Nestorians' still considered heretics?

Are 'Nestorians' (Church of the East) still viewed as heretics by the Catholic Church? I asked this question because of the Common Christological Declaration between the Catholic Church and the ...
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Could "The human soul is created at the moment of conception." be defined as dogma?

Could the proposition The human soul is created at the moment of conception. be defined as dogma? (question idea courtesy Peter Turner, who asked "What paths exist in the Catholic Church for a ...
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If Catholics believe new revelation from God has ceased, how do they defend the Marian dogmas?

The Marian dogmas are taught by the Catholic Church, but it is commonly held that some of the Marian doctrines such as her bodily accent to heaven are not biblical. But if Catholics believe revelation ...
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Can the Pope speak ex cathedra about the return of Christ?

Can the Pope speak ex cathedra about the return of Christ? Specifically, if someone approached the Vatican, met with the Pope, and convinced him that he was the second coming of Christ, could the ...
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According to Catholics, was faith in the assertions made in the Creed of St. Athanasius required of those in the first 3 centuries?

If the person that penned the Creed of St. Athanasius that was identified by St. Thomas Aquinas as being St. Athanasius based on "style" had not published his opus and had it declared Truth until the ...
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Does the State have the right to correct the Church in theological matters?

Did any Catholic theologians think the State ever has the right to correct the Church in theological matters? For example, when Pope John XXII (r. 1316-1334) denied the then-material (i.e., not-yet-...
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How are the definitions of Ecumenical Council divinely inspired?

Catholics, Orthodox, and other denominations hold that the definitions produced by accepted ecumenical councils are protected from error by the Holy Spirit. What is the manner of this inspiration? ...
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