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The Catholic Church and its teachings and views on specific subjects.

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Apparent paradox/conflict: love thy neighbour… and you will be rewarded

I am wondering about an apparent conflict between a call for selfless love topped with a promise of a reward for it. Simply speaking, one is called to behave well (love ones neighbour) out of kindness ...
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Does the Catholic church consider Mark 16:9-20 to be biblical canon?

Many (but not all) scholars assert that Mark 16:9-20 was not present in the earliest manuscripts, and that instead it was added by later copyists. Does the Catholic Church consider these verses to be ...
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Did the metphor of double-edged sword originate in Psalms?

We see at Hebrews 4:12: Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the ...
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How can one say the Novena to St. Michael?

I want to start a novena to St Michael. Found one at Novena in honor of St. Michael the Archangel and in honour of the nine angelic choirs . How can I say it as there is no specific guide on the page?...
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Religious Blessing at a Non-religious Wedding

My daughter has decided to have a non-catholic/non-religious wedding. There does not seem to be any possibility of changing her mind mostly due to her fiance. Needless to say this has caused some "...
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What is the Justification of a priest acting in persona Christi?

What is the justification used in Catholicism to justify the doctrine of a priest acting in persona Christi? Scriptural and catechismal references please.
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Theology of self-realisation of God?

According to Maslow, the self-realisation is the ultimate happiness of the Man. Man is created according to the God's image. Does God have self-realisation activities? Especially I am interested in ...
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Does the seal of confession extend to bystanders?

A Catholic priest cannot reveal what someone has told him in confession. If he does reveal it, he will be defrocked and punished. If a different Catholic than the priest unintentionally overheard the ...
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Who is the Name's Day Saint of St. John de Brébeuf?

Can anyone tell me who is the name's day saint of St. John de Brébeuf? The name's day saint of someone is similar to a patron saint, but is not exactly the same. I have try to find a source that makes ...
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Is compatibilism compatible with the doctrine of the Catholic Church?

My usual reasoning was that it was not on the basis that: Determinism would entail predestination, which is rejected by the Catholic Church; The alternative - quantum mind - is trickier, but: To my ...
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From a Catholic perspective, did Adam's body undergo any change after the fall?

From a Catholic perspective, did Adam's body undergo any change after the fall? Probably there is no hint in the Scripture, but I wonder if the problem has ever been raised by Catholic commentators.
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Does the Catholic Church consider not administering a feeding tube passive euthanasia?

If a person was near death due to a severe head injury, but now only completely incapacitated (as in, unable to respond to stimuli; eyes open, but not tracking; not able to speak or swallow), is it OK ...
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Is there a prayer to rebuke storms at sea?

My mom comes from a family of fishermen and ship captains, the vast majority of all men in her city are still doing of those professions, I live in Lebanon, middle east. She told me more than once ...
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What are the minimum requirements for becoming pope?

If the conclave decided for whatever reason to choose a person who was not overwhelmingly qualified such as a cardinal or other prominent bishop, what requirements need that person have fulfilled to ...
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Is there a connection between St. Ambrose's “casta meretrix” and Apocalypse 17,1?

The origins of the epithet "casta meretrix" are debated and not clear, do you know if anyone has ever related that to the words of John of Patmos "the great whore that sits on many waters" that many ...
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If a person undergoes an emergency baptism, then recovers, do they need a “non-emergency” baptism?

If a person receives an emergency baptism, but then recovers from that danger, is that considered valid for the rest of their life? Or would they be expected to undergo a "non-emergency" baptism in ...
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What did the Trent lack with regard to Immaculate Conception that Ineffabilis Deus did not?

I've often heard it alleged that 'the Immaculate Conception wasn't a dogma until Pius IX defined it in 1854.' However, I can't reconcile this with what the dogmatic Council of Trent already declared ...
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What is the origin of Catholics making the sign of the cross before meals?

I’ve seen Catholics who make the Sign of the Cross before meals. How did this practice begin?
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What is seen to actually occur if a female were to be the subject of laying on of the hands in ordination?

What is seen to actually occur if a female were to be the subject of laying on of the hands in ordination? The CCC 1577 states that "...the ordaination of women is not possible". What (in the ...
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How to know when a particular verse of the Bible have been or will be part of the Liturgy of the Word? (Catholic)

Is there a way to know (perhaps through an online database) when a particular verse of the Bible have been or will be read in Mass (if ever)? It could be under any rite (ordinary, extraordinary, ...
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Did the authors of the Westminster Standards accept Roman Catholic baptisms as valid?

In the original version of the Westminster Standards, a highly regarded Protestant doctrinal statement, there's a line that is particularly famous: There is no other head of the Church but the Lord ...
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What is meant by “faith and morals” with regards to papal infallibility?

There are plenty of questions in this site about infallibility (e.g. here, here, and here). All of them take for granted a certain definition of "faith and morals", which is the area upon which ...
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What happens if a Pope is unable to continue his duties due to physical or mental illness?

Say that a Pope becomes bedridden and so he cannot go out in public and does not have the stamina to perform other duties. Or he begins suffering from Alzheimer's and thus cannot remember that he is ...
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How is praying understood within the “Death of God” theology?

Theologians like Hamilton and Altizer defend a "secular Theology" that tries to banish the Deus ex machina of traditional Theism. So far so good, but how does one pray before God etsi Deus non ...
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What is the connection of Alta Vendita in the present Church Crisis regarding homosexual scandal & cover-up?

The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita (commonly called the Alta Vendita) is a document, originally published in Italian in 1859, purportedly produced by the highest lodge of the Italian ...
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What is the “New Theological Movement” within the Catholic Church?

I've only seen 4 links so far to posts from http://newtheologicalmovement.blogspot.com on this site, but all it appears to be is a blog by a priest with a very staunch detractor who comes up with ...
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According to the Catholic Church, was Mary's Magnificat a spontaneous utterance?

At Luke 1: 46-55 we see Blessed Virgin Mary singing a song of praise, now known as the Magnificat, while greeting her cousin Elizabeth. I wish to know if the song of Mary was a spontaneous utterance, ...
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According to Catholicism do any of the Ten Commandments directly relate to tax evasion?

Evasion of tax eg. Income Tax is a punishable offence under the civil laws in many countries. But many Christians seldom get the feeling of having sinned if they have evaded tax. I wish to know if ...
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Why did Jesus defend the disciples' failure to wash hands prior to eating? (Catholic perspective)

In Matthew 15:1–4 we see: Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands before they ...
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Existence of Catholic Church without hierarchy

In case of a global catastrophe (nuclear war or something similar), a big majority of the global population would die, including pope, all bishops, all priests, all deacons. In all churches with ...
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How do Filipino Catholics get a church annulment when their state marriage is valid, considering the Philippines doesn't have divorce?

My previous questions were kind of wrong: Why is it harder for Filipino Catholics to get a church annulment? Marriage invalid. Would a church annulment require a state annulment or state divorce? Why ...
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Why is it harder for Filipino Catholics to get a church annulment?

This question may be wrong. I think the right question is in the following link: How do Filipino Catholics get a church annulment when their state marriage is valid, considering the Philippines doesn&#...
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Why do Catholic churches have a red lamp burning inside?

Is there any significance to the red lamp that is lit inside Catholic churches? I ask because I recently saw a green lamp lit at the entrance to a Church of Scotland village church and wondered if ...
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Could the Pope be removed from office for lapses in judgment?

While the question is brushed up against in What would happen if the Pope were to abuse his power?, that question focused more on heresy and the Pope's ability to make heretical statements under ex ...
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Were the actions of the 3rd Duke of Alba in the 16th Century considered a Catholic Crusade?

Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, 3rd Duke of Alba was sent by Philip II of Spain to Belgium where he waged war against the protestants in the area. As a bit of history, Belgium in the 16th Century started ...
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Popes Benedict XVI or Pope St. John Paul II on the subject of the Antichrist and the end times?

Has Pope Benedict XVI or Pope St. John Paul II written anything extensively (or even informally supported any author) on the subject of the Antichrist and the end times? The Catechism of the Catholic ...
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What is the Catholic process for establishing orthodoxy?

After reading and doing light research concerning this question, I'm compelled to ask, what is the process for establishing the orthodoxy of a belief in the Catholic church today? From m-w.com: 1 :...
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Is sharing “FAKE NEWS” and gossiping “FAKE NEWS” a mortal sin? (Catholic perspective)

In light of the current media trend of reporting and resorting to fake news and gossiping, and some netizens are somehow careless in becoming an instruments to spread it. Some social media users ...
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According to the Catholic magisterium, are sedevacantists by definition schismatics?

This is both a terminology question and a Catholic doctrine question regarding the status of sedevacantists, that is, those who reject the current pope as illegitimate. I found the following Catholic ...
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How does a Christian according to Christ teaching be freed from concupiscence thereby possessed a sinless body?

After the fall of Adam & Eve from pride & disobedience, all mankind inherit original sin. The Church teaches that the original sin can be removed by the Sacraments of Baptism but the stain of ...
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According to Vatican II Catholicism, what is the counterfeit church and what are its' marks?

Words of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (1948): “[Satan] will set up a counterfeit church which will be the ape of the [Catholic] Church… It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, ...
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Why was John the Baptist not excited at seeing Jesus at Jordan?

At Luke 1: 41 we see: "When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb..." We also see at John 1: 29: "The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the ...
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Chair of Moses - Clerical Infallibility [closed]

Catholics understand that there exists clerical infallibility in the New Covenant, in other words that the Pope and the Bishops united to him can exercize a charisma of infallibility which is ...
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Had the Catholic Church a tradition of commemorating Abraham's sacrifice?

Eid ul-Adha or Bakrid is celebtrated all over the world by Muslims to commemorate the sacrifice that Abraham offered in obedience to God. My question is: Had the Catholic Church any tradition of ...
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Do Catholics have a “profession of faith” in Jesus Christ before baptism?

I was looking through one of the older catechism books and I seem to recall it mentioning that a profession of faith in Jesus generally precedes a baptism. Is this true?
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Why does the Catholic Church hold Mary's virginity and the absence of brothers against the historians?

Jesus does not have a brother in the catholic tradition, his mother Mary is a perpetual virgin, which can hardly be compatible with having several children. Yet in his epistle to the Galatians (1, 19)...
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Is “quasi-incarnation” been attributed to mystical union of the Holy Spirit and Mary?

The Logos or the Incarnate Word became flesh in what known to be "hypostatic union". Jesus Christ the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity became flesh and dwelt among us having two nature both ...
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What is the real biblical reasons why Joseph & Mary did not offer a one year old lamb? [closed]

1 "Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying: ‘When a woman gives birth and bears a male child, then she shall be unclean for seven days, as in the days of her ...
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Why do Solemnities have different readings for the vigil masses?

If Solemnities (like today August 15th) are kind of like extra Sundays, why do the vigil masses have different readings and why don't Saturday evenings have a different set of readings from the Sunday ...
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To what extent did the Chinese government force Catholic priests to marry?

In his book The Souls of China, Ian Johnson writes about a type of religious persecution that was inflicted on some groups in China during the Cultural Revolution (1966–76): Across the country, ...