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Where does St. Bernard say "A long period of chastity is a second virginity.”?

Fr. Ludovic-Marie Barrielle, Do I Have a Vocation?, ch. 5, claims: “A long period of chastity” says Saint Bernard, “is a second virginity.” Where does St. Bernard say this?
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For class I need to interview a person who chose single blessedness as their vocation [closed]

I go to a Catholic school and I have a class on Christian vocations. For my assignment I need to interview someone who has chosen single blessedness as their vocation. Unfortunately, I don't know ...
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When to approach the Communion rail?

When exactly are the faithful supposed to approach the Communion rail? Immediately after the priest genuflects after receiving the Host, immediately after he genuflects after receiving the Precious ...
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How does Catholic sacramental theology explain the efficacy of the sacraments conducted by a priest who is in the state of mortal sin?

As far as I know, a mass said by a priest who has lost friendship with God (in the state of mortal sin) is valid by the principle of ex opere operato, justified by the resolution of the Donatist ...
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In Catholicism, after receiving absolution from mortal sin, how do we regain the effects of the sacraments of baptism & confirmation?

In Catholicism we are given certain sacramental character and effects after we receive the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation: Res Et Sacramentum: the abiding purpose, the sacramental character: ...
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In Catholicism, what happens to the gifts of the Holy Spirit after we committed a mortal sin?

If a baptized and confirmed Catholic commits a mortal sin, what are the effects on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit received in the sacrament of baptism and later intensified (sealed) in the ...
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According to Catholicism, what are concrete and practical ways by which Christians can be filled (and stay filled) with the Holy Spirit?

The concept of "being filled" with the Holy Spirit is mentioned multiple times in the New Testament, and according to the book of Acts it appears to have been a crucial aspect of the early ...
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According to Catholicism, how should Christians "seek" and "find" God?

Many Christians encourage people to "seek" God. Similarly, many Christians claim that God can be "found". I'm also well aware of the existence of many passages in the Bible that ...
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What is the Protestant understanding of the Greek "anamnesis" and "poieo" in Luke 22:19?

The Roman-Catholic Church argues that Christ has established the ministerial priesthood (as distinct from the priesthood of all believers, cf. 1 Peter 2:9), at the first supper. Particularly, ...
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Are holy water bottles sacramentals?

I was thinking about this question about holy water container cleaning. And I'm talking specifically in reference to anything between the ubiquitous holy water bottles you can get at the back of ...
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Holy Water container is dirty

How can I clean my Holy Water bottle? The Holy Water has sediment and the lid looks dirty
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St. Thomas Aquinas on whether all will die before the Final Judgement?

In the Summa Theologiae, St. Thomas argues that all will die and rise again when Jesus returns. But this seems to be in contradiction to St. Paul, who wrote: "We who are still alive and are left ...
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What are the differences between a non-Catholic Christian becoming Catholic and a Non-Christian becoming Catholic?

Personal bit here - I’m a Christian teen looking at becoming Catholic. As I’ve studied what that would look like, I have struggled to find resources for people in my situation. All I really are ...
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Has the Anglo-Catholic understanding of suicide changed in the 20th-21st century enough to render Chesterton's comparison with martyrdom irrelevant?

In "Orthodoxy" G.K. Chesterton compares in multiple places the difference in attitude between people who kill themselves and people who let themselves be killed for Jesus' sake. The ...
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Does the 5th Veritas Covid Whistleblower on Pfizer change the Catholic Church's position on the the morality of the Pfizer vaccine?

To some it would smack of nothingburger, but it's notable enough to publish as a "Whistleblower" report that Pfizer has been testing performing embryonic stem cell tests with more than just ...
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Do the traditions of Catholic Church say anything about the name and life of the man whom Jesus had chosen as his disciple , as in Lk 9: 59-61?

We see in Lk 9:59-61 how Jesus demanded unconditional commitment from his prospective disciples: He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus ...
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Do any Church Fathers ever interpret the mark of the beast to be the wearing of the traditional Jewish tefillin?

Do any Church Fathers ever interpret the mark of the beast in Revelation 13:16-18 to be the wearing of the traditional Jewish tefillin Dr. Taylor Marshall is a popular lay theologian, an American ...
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Why are Sts. Peter and Linus not on the cool scrollbar-of-the-popes on vatican.va

I was about to add a glib comment in answer to another post in a act totally unbecoming of a stackexchange moderator, when I noticed that the effect would have been completely lost on the OP owing to ...
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Did the soldiers who had crucified Jesus reciprocate the forgiveness granted to them through the Lord's intercession?

We see how Jesus walked the talk by praying for those who crucified him, in Lk 23:33-34: When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on ...
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What are the arguments for the Holy Magisterium?

What is the best piece of evidence Catholics have that Jesus started a Petrine ministry with Peter that follows succession? Bonus question: Who succeeded Peter?
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How do priests judge who they can distribute Communion to?

A recent article in the National Catholic Register reported an exchange between Mike Allen on HBO and Cardinal Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development: “Do ...
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According to Catholic Church, is there a deeper meaning in the saying of Jesus in Lk 23:31?

We read in Luke 23: 28-31 how Jesus consoles the ladies who were wailing for him on the way to Calvary: But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for ...
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What is the relationship between Aquinas and Magisterium?

What is the relationship and/or opposition between Aquinas' writings and Magisterium? That is, what can generally be said about using Aquinas to explain doctrine? Or contrarily, does Aquinas stand in ...
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Roman Catholic and being Baptized for a second time in a Coptic church

I would like to understand if there are any repercussions of being baptized again in a Coptic church to be married there. I want to understand what this does to me in standing with my Roman Catholic ...
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What will be the role of (non-baptized) cafeteria Catholics in the Catholic Synodal Way?

There are group of lay Catholics who are sometimes called cafeteria Catholics. They attend Church regularly, pray Rosary, try to live good and holy (according to some adapted meaning) life, but ...
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What does "quality" mean in canon 1098?

I was wondering about the definition of "quality" in canon 1098 of the Catholic Church's 1983 Code of Canon Law: Can. 1098 A person contracts invalidly who enters into a marriage deceived ...
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Are there instances of miracles that are officially recognized by non-Catholic denominations?

The Catholic Church is well-known for its strictness in evaluating before officially accepting concrete instances of miracles. According to Wikipedia: The Catholic Church believes miracles are works ...
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According to Catholicism, was Adam with Eve when the serpent tempted her?

Genesis 3 says that the serpent addressed the woman: Gen. 3:1 "the serpent […] said to the woman" Gen. 3:4 "the serpent said to the woman" Gen. 3:6 is that chapter's first ...
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How did traditional Catholic teachings s determine the sides on which the Good Thief and the Bad Thief respectively hanged?**

We read in Luke 23: 39-42, of the two thieves crucified with Jesus and the way they looked at Jesus: One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? ...
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How does the Catholic Church reconcile the two different narratives of behavior of the thieves in Calvary as reported in Mtt 27 and Lk 23?

We read in Mtt 27:38-44 (NRSVCE) : Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by derided him, ......The bandits who were crucified with him also ...
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According to Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, what are the strongest apologetic arguments for the divine inspiration of the deuterocanonical books?

According to Wikipedia, the deuterocanonical books include: Canonical for the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church: Tobit Judith Baruch Sirach 1 Maccabees 2 Maccabees Wisdom Additions to ...
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How do Christians who see Scripture as self-evidently inspired explain that Catholics, Protestants and Mormons have different sacred scriptures?

There are Christians who believe that there is no need to argue intellectually / apologetically for the divine inspiration of Scripture, since Scripture proves itself, by virtue of being self-...
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Does an act being intrinsically evil ensure culpability?

According to Catholicism, only mortal sins result in condemnation and a mortal sin requires the act to be grave matter and to have been committed with full knowledge and consent of the will. But the ...
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Does the delayed burial of Jesus attest to the fact that he had no close relatives other than his mother?

As per the Gospel according to Matthew, Jesus breathed his last at 3.00 p.m.on Friday (27: 46-50) We read again in Mtt 27: 57-58 : When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named ...
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Are the Orthodox who are in schism with Rome able to celebrate the sacraments of Marriage and Reconciliation validly?

Marriage and Reconciliation are different from the other sacraments in that jurisdiction to celebrate them has a bearing on their validity, according to the Catholic Church. This is why there has been ...
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In light of Traditionis Custodes, is the TLM celebrated by a well known schismatic Priest an invalid Mass?

In light of Traditionis Custodes, is the TLM celebrated by a well known schismatic Priest an invalid Mass? The recent motu proprio of Pope Francis spoke more on "disunity" rather than the ...
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According to the Catholic Church is there anything special about a heartbeat?

This response to the fetal heartbeat anti-abortion bill passed in Texas got me thinking about whether the heartbeat detection stage was rather arbitrary or in line with some sort of idea about ...
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According to Catholic Church, what are the wider connotations of the Ninth Commandment?

We read in Mtt 5: 27-28: You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in ...
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How can I best communicate I'm a lutheran evangelic as per the German definition?

It seems to me that in the States if you are a Christian but not a Catholic, you're automatically thrown into the huge (and negatively viewed) pot that is Protestantism. I have many (Catholic) ...
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Why is Primacy of Conscience taught and what degree of certainty is it in the Catholic Church?

I have collected various Catholic editorial headlines about this… “The Catholic Church has always held to the primacy of conscience and taught that individuals must follow their consciences even when ...
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Has the Catholic Church taken cognizance of the theory that the terminal cause of Jesus's death on the cross was heart-failure?

We read in Mark 15: 42-44: "When evening had come, and since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was ...
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What is the implication of "munus"?

In the Declaratio, Pope Emeritus Benedictus XVI renounced the exercise of the munus, but not the munus itself. So what is the munus and what are the implications of the renunciation of the exercise ...
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According to Catholicism, would it be wrong for a husband to intentionally eat in such a way as to decrease fertility?

Contraception is not OK according to the Catholic Church, with the exception of fertility awareness methods (FAMs), which involve abstinence when a woman is in the part of her cycle where she is ...
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Do the teachings of Catholic Church prohibit the use of “Amen” for purposes other than prayers?

Amen is a secular word of Greek and Hebrew origin, and is used to express solemn ratification (as of an expression of faith) or hearty approval (as of an assertion). The Church has been associating ...
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What miracles were reported during the transferral of St. Monica's relics to Rome?

St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine, died at Ostia in 387. Her relics are now held in the Basilica of St. Augustine (mother church of the Order of Saint Augustine); they and the sepulchre that ...
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Does the Catholic Church have an official position on medical passes ('vaccine passes') being required to attend Mass?

I have already asked a question about the more general issue of medical passes ('vaccine passes') here Does the Catholic Church have an official position on domestic 'health passes' or '...
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Would it be possible to get married in church and in a mosque if I am Catholic and my girlfriend is Muslim? (have two weddings) [duplicate]

Would it be an invalid marriage or is there a possibility that we can both show and make our marriage legal before God?
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St. Mary Magdalene meets Jesus in a garden Jn. 20:15, parallel to Song of Song's garden?

Has any Catholic exegete ever noted the parallel between St. Mary Magdalene's meeting Jesus in a garden (cf. her mistaking Him as a gardener in Jn. 20:15) with the garden of Solomon's Song of Songs? ...
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Do Catholics have to request a religious exception for matters of conscience from their parish priest?

There are numerous stories on the National Catholic Register about Bishops who have decided to prohibit priests in their dioceses from granting religious exceptions for Covid-19 vaccines. Is there ...
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Why does Genesis not specifically mention the creation of water?

We read of the first day of Creation in Gen 1:1-4: "In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a ...

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