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

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What is the Roman Catholic Church's views about Luke 14:32?

Luke 14:25Now large crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, 26“If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and ...
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Does the seal of confession apply even when the sin is intended and there is no desire to repent?

Forgive me if this is too basic, I am no theologian, and I was puzzled by a scene from a popular TV series about a crime-busting priest. In it, the villain goes into the confessional and informs the ...
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What were the common exonyms of the Roman Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox churches leading up to and after the Great Schism (1054)?

A common misconception I encounter among people interested in the history of Christianity is that the term "Catholic" refers solely to the Roman Catholic church and likewise "Orthodox" only to the ...
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Did the disagreement between the Catholic Church and Protestant Church on the issue of salvation by grace alone end 1999?

This is question is for an effort to understand the current movement of bringing unity among Christian denominations. A question was asked before: Is Pope Francis holding and professing different ...
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Do Roman Catholics regard Orthodox sacraments as valid and/or licit?

In the comments below an earlier question of mine the following question arose: The Roman Catholic Church describes the administration of sacraments as valid or invalid respectively licit or illicit. ...
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According to Catholicism, do evil spirits need bodies to manifest themselves to people?

Can the Devil and his followers communicate to people without the intermediary of someone in a bodily form? I would appreciate a response that quotes Scripture, Tradition and examples of the ...
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Is the prayer “Mother of Perpetual Help” blasphemous?

O Mother of Perpetual Help, thou art the dispenser of all the goods which God grants to us miserable sinners, and for this reason, has He made thee so powerful, so rich, and so bountiful, that thou ...
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What is the norm for celebrating First Friday/Saturday Novena Masses on Holy Days of Obligation?

When First Fridays or First Saturdays fall on Solemnities (like All Saints is on Friday in 2019), do people usually punt the devotions to the next month or pack them into the same day?
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Should we consider everyone better than ourselves? [closed]

Question:: Should we consider everyone better than ourselves? It seems that we can, without abusing humility, consider ourselves better than others. And it seems that we can do this in two ways: 1) ...
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Are there any examples where the non-believers demanding a miracle for the proof of Catholic faith and a saint succeeding in performing it?

Questions: Are there any examples where the non-believers demanding a miracle for the proof of Catholic faith and a saint succeeding in performing one? I am looking for those kinds of examples, ...
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Did Judas Iscariot participate in the First Holy Eucharist?

At John 13:1-30 we see the narrative of the last Passover meal that Jesus partook with his disciples, in which Judas is identified as the one who would betray him : .... After saying this Jesus ...
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Mary as the Queen of heaven

The Pope Pius XII in the encyclical AD CAELI REGINAM recognizes Mary as the "queen of heaven", although historically she was already known that way. If the Pope knows the Bible, why not distance ...
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What's the normal term for a Catholic priest that works in a parish under another one?

I am trying to learn about Catholic clerical posts called "cura" and "cura teniente" in rural 1700s Mexico. "Teniente" generally means second-in-command, like lieutenant. I am tempted to translate the ...
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Can a female Religious (a nun or sister) be expelled from her order after a hysterectomy?

I wanted to ask if a female Religious (ie, a nun or sister) who has become sick and had a hysterectomy, can she be expelled and sent home before her perpetual vows and under which grounds?
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What is the basis of St. Pius X in 1906 that led to the approval of the prayer devotion; “Mary Virgin Priest, pray for us”?

In 1906, Pope Pius X approved a prayer which says “Mary, Virgin Priest, pray for us.” However, a Holy Office decree of 1916 forbade the use of any image that had Mary wearing vestments – some say for ...
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Looking for a website providing HTML formatted works of Joseph Pohle's 12 volume Dogmatic Theology

There are plenty of websites presenting multi-volume works of St. Thomas Aquinas in HTML formatted chunks such as New Advent's Summa Theologiae. I'm looking for a website containing similarly HTML ...
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What led to Marshal McLuhan's late adult conversion to Catholicism?

McLuhan didn't talk much about his conversion. Does anyone have any information about his reasons or how this happened?
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Seeking a Catholic framework for interpreting Bible verses about God's rewards that are commensurate with a believer's work [closed]

In the Bible there are passages hinting at optional extra rewards that God promises to believers who perform meritorious works on earth. I'm referring to different degrees of rewards that God gives ...
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Does Mary possess an episcopal dignity like Bishop to “lay hands” to confer the gifts of the Holy Spirit not possessed by ordinary priest? [duplicate]

In the Book of Acts the Sacraments of Confirmation of baptized Catholic were confer thru the episcopal powers of the Apostles who had received or bestowed upon the power of a Bishop. The ...
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Does Catholic Church acknowledge St. Paul the Apostle as consecrated Bishop during Apostolic times?

St. Paul the Apostles admitted that Christ did not sent him to baptize but to preach the Gospel. 17For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with eloquent words of wisdom,...
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According to Catholicism at the Upper Room, did the Apostles follow the tradition of laying of hands and pouring of oil like the prophet Samuel?

Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brother, and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward." 1 Samuel 16:13 And Samuel words ...
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According to Catholicism, can demons force or misguide you into receiving communion?

I was listening to Father Rippergers online sermon about communion. He said, the demons force to receive communion even when you have not repented. He also said receiving communion if you have not ...
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Did Mary lay her hands on all the Apostles in the Upper Room to pour out the Holy Spirit anointing?

Pentecost is the outpouring of graces or anointing coming from the Holy Spirit and the Catholic Church teaches that all graces comes only from the hands of Mary as Mediatrix of all graces. In the Old ...
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Is celibacy essential to the Catholic priesthood?

Question: What are the theological (not practical) reasons for Catholic priests being celibate? In other words, is celibacy (or at least perpetual continence) essential to the Catholic priesthood? ...
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How tall was Jesus? [closed]

We read at Luke 19:2-4 (NRSVCE): " A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because ...
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Are there any individuals who are claiming to be the pope that are not Pope Francis?

Are there any individuals who are claiming to be the pope that are not Pope Francis? I came across the Wikipedia link on the Palmarian Catholic Church and they claim to have their own Pope. And it ...
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What should a seminarian who is commanded to distribute communion do? [closed]

What is a seminarian suppose to do if his superior commands him to distribute communion regularly and there is no real necessity for him to distribute communion? Should he be disobedient?
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According to the Catholic Church is it sinful to address someone who is transgender by the gender they identify as?

Is it a sin against charity to confirm a transsexual lifestyle by using pronouns (such as she to address a transwoman) that the church says is an offense against the Natural Law?
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According to the Catholic Church is it sinful to address someone who is transgender by their biological sex?

As a Catholic, is it considered an offense against charity to refer to a person in a way they wouldn't want to be referred to (such as calling a trans woman "he")?
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Do Catholics believe Protestants are part of the Christian Faith? [duplicate]

My name is Dash. I am 16 and I am a Methodist Christian. I am currently learning about church history on my own and Ive come up with a few questions that have definitely been asked 1000 times. Do ...
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Why did Joseph and Mary take one day's time to realize that Jesus had been left behind at the Temple?

We read in Luke 2: 43-46, the incident relating to the visit of child Jesus and his parents to the Temple and his `getting lost' at Jerusalem: After the festival was over, while his parents ...
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How are ectopic pregnancies supposed to be dealt with according to the Catholic Church?

The Catholic Church is against abortion in all cases, except, I've heard, where the life of the mother is at serious risk and the child has no chance of survival. A good example of this would seem to ...
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What is the role of Lucifer in the Heavenly realm?

Lucifer means "bearer of light". Would this means that he bear Jesus who revealed himself as the Light or the scriptures are speaking of a different light? Scriptures, Church Fathers and Saints teach ...
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Do Catholics believe in the Old Testament? [duplicate]

In the Old Testament, all the works of People who were born pre Jesus are depicted, so what are the main books of Catholic faith ?
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According to Catholicism, it it possible for Satan and/or his satellites to roam the earth, while still being in hell?

According to Catholicism can Satan and his satellites, roam the earth for the destruction of souls, while still being in hell? Do demons on earth 🌎 take their own form of hell with them or does God ...
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How did Thomas More manage to save his family?

I watched A Man for All Seasons a few years ago and I know that somehow St. Thomas More found a loophole that his family could remain Catholic and Faithful and in England while he had had no choice ...
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According to Catholicism and Revelation are we going to be able to eat meat in Heaven or the Garden of Eden?

Will be able to eat meat or will we be like Adam and Eve eating a non-meat based diet in heaven or the Garden of Eden?
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Did Mary desire to be the Mother of the prophesied Messiah?

Before the Annunciation by St. Gabriel, did Mary desire to be the Mother of the prophesied Messiah?
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Can a Catholic hold the position that some sodomite priests should be punished by the death penalty?

Can Catholics hold the position that some homosexual (=any sexual relation to the other man) priests should be punished by the death penalty? (What about homosexuals in general?) I am interested in a ...
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Did Christ open the Door of Hell after he preached the Gospel in the realm of the dead?

CCC635 Christ went down into the depths of death so that "the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live". Jesus, "the Author of life", by dying destroyed "him who has ...
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How can we be sure our specific Christian confession is true, when every other Christian group claims that it's not? [closed]

I'm a recent convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity, but I've started to doubt the faith recently, and I’m really desperate for help. The doubt I have is really one I've had since the beginning of ...
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What is the Catholic Church's teaching on paying respect to one's in-laws?

The fourth commandment says that one should respect one's parents. I wish to know if the Catholic Church has made some rules which would govern one's conduct towards one's father-in-law and mother-in-...
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According to Catholicism, what particular truth will the great apostasy deny?

CCC 675 Before Christ's second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the "...
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What is the meaning of “rigid Catholic” according to the mind of Pope Francis?

A look on the definition of the word "rigid" means - unable to bend or be forced out of shape, not flexible. From the point of view of Catholic faith or teachings or much better according to the mind ...
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How is new humanism different from the catholic teaching?

“A global educational pact is needed to educate us in universal solidarity and a new humanism,” Francis said in a video message to launch the initiative. Definition of new humanism. : a 20th ...
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What did Jesus mean by `being shrewd'?

We see Jesus saying at Luke 16:8 (NRSVCE) ".. And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own ...
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Canticle of Zachariah daily? Why?

I am a long distance truck driver who prays the Liturgy daily. I have always wondered why the Canticle of Zachariah is part of the daily morning prayer? As I am a bit isolated and unable to take part ...
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Were the islands/countries discovered by Hispanic explorers named after Mozarabic feast days? [closed]

The Spanish and Portuguese normally named newly discovered countries and islands after the feast days they were discovered, especially during the late 15th and early 16th centuries. It always seems to ...
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Do Catholics believe that Mary mother of Jesus is as holy as God?

Note: This question is not to prove why this is wrong rather to find out if this is an official teaching of the Catholic Church. Do Catholics believe that Mary mother of Jesus is as holy as God? If ...
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Was 30 the canonical age for Catholic priesthood in the 1700s?

I understand that the current canonical age for Catholic ordination is 25 years. Was the minimum previously 30 years? The documentation of a priest's ordination in 1775 shows that the diocese spent ...