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

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Has the Catholic Church made efforts to relate the Theory of Obstetrical Dilemma , to the curse that befell Eve?

At Genesis 3:16 we read of the curse that befell Eve for her disobedience of God's command: To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing; in pain you shall ...
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How does Catholic Church explain John 1:31?

At John 1:30-31 (NRSVCE) we see John the Baptist introducing Jesus to the crowd: "This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did ...
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If the Pope were to commit suicide would he go to hell? [closed]

This question may sound rude but, if someone as holy as the pope were to commit suicide would he go to hell? Considering his devotion to god wouldn't he get some sort of pass? I think someone who ...
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How does Catholic Church interpret Leviticus 22:28?

We read at Leviticus 22:28 (NRSVCE), God's command to Israel : But you shall not slaughter, from the herd or the flock, an animal with its young on the same day." I wish to know the ...
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Why does the Catholic Church not celebrate the Feast of Naming of Jesus?

We read at Luke 2:21: "After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb." It is surprising ...
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According to Catholicism can you be saved without being baptised?

Is faith through Jesus Christ without baptism enough for salvation? According to the bible, “without faith, it is hard to please God”. If someone at a young age whose been baptised didn’t have faith ...
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What reasons do Catholics have for believing Jesus is God?

Through natural reason and personal experience, I have come to be convinced that many of the Catholic Church's teachings are good and accurate. In addition, by reading Aristotle and Aquinas, I have ...
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What does the perpetual virginity of Mary add to our salvation?

I tried this question earlier and it was closed due to so many other similar questions but, having looked through I didn't find an answer. What, if any, is the salvific benefit of the perpetual ...
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Does Catholicism teach that there is a just interest rate?

Is there a 'just interest rate'? We see banks having interest rates when loaning money. Can this be done justly? I am interested in the Catholic viewpoint.
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Under what conditions does the Catholic Church explicitly call the laity extraordinary ministers?

Under what conditions does the Catholic Church explicitly call the laity extraordinary ministers? Extraordinary ministers are seen in almost every parish. For the most part, they help the parish ...
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Does the Catholic Church accept baptisms of other denominations? [duplicate]

Is baptism from different denominations valid in Catholic Church? To my knowledge, anyone can baptise someone to the point of death of an unbaptised child/baby and adult.
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Why the Perpetual Virginity of Mary? [duplicate]

The Savior having been born of a Virgin as prophesied, what if any, according to Roman Catholicism, are the salvific benefits of the continued or perpetual virginity of Mary?
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Why is the Notre Dame Cathedral not a Major Basilica?

The April, 2019 fire brought the Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris into limelight all across the world. It is said to be home to many important relics including the Crown of Thorn traditionally believed ...
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Origin and meaning of rosary

What is the origin and meaning of the rosary? It’s repetitive prayer of “Hail Mary, the lord’s prayer, glory be, and oh my Jesus”.
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If both the Orthodox and Catholic Church affirm salvation by grace through faith, why did the Protestant Reformation happen?

I will often engage in dialogue with Catholics and Orthodox Christians telling me that the doctrine of their churches affirms that salvation is by grace trough faith. If that is true, then what ...
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Does the Catholic canon law say anything about women being priests?

Is there any canon law in the Catholic Church about the role of women in the church and its possibilities to be groomed for Priesthood?
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According to Catholicism do priests ever receive spiritual graces on account of changes in discipline?

Can the actions of the Pope in changing sacramental discipline result in clerics having spiritual ability to read souls? (This was brought up as a a theory in a chat in relation to a different topic)....
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According to Catholicism, does an individual bishop have the safeguard of Infallibility or Indefectibility?

Is an individual bishop in communion with the Church and Supreme Pontiff prevented from teaching/approving heresy via formal acts under the doctrines of Infallibility or Indefectibility?
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According to Catholicism, what is an imprimatur?

What is the scope of an imprimatur? What does a work having an imprimatur mean for that work? What does it mean for the body of doctrine itself?
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What religion did the Wise Men from the East practise? [duplicate]

We read at Isiah 60:6 : " The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Madian and Epha: all they from Saba shall come, bringing gold and frankincense: and shewing forth praise to the ...
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Am I considered to be Catholic?

I noticed with surprise the following in a previous question : Finally, each and every Catholic, as also the baptized of every non-Catholic church or denomination who enters into the fullness of ...
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Can a Catholic simultaneously profess more than one rite?

Background In catholicism, there are 24 autonomous particular churches sui iuris, one Western and 23 Eastern. All of these churches are in communion with the Pope, and thus are considered, for all ...
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According to Catholicism, what is meant by the Church being indefectible?

One of the properties of the Church according to Catholicism is indefectibility. What does this mean and where does this doctrine originate?
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Why did Virgin Mary call herself the servant of the Lord?

We see at Luke 1:38 the response of Virgin Mary to the Angel Gabriel "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." One wonders why Mary called herself the servant ...
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Were splits already present in the New Testament? If so, how did Jesus handle these splits? [closed]

Were splits already present in the New Testament? If so, how did Jesus handle these splits? Each Christian religion claims that it is the true Christian Faith and is moved by the Holy Spirit. Is it ...
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Does Catholicism teach that there is a cyclic creation of the world?

Many religions, like Hinduism teach that the world is in a cycle of creation: creation then preservation then destruction (fading, annihilation) of the world then creation of a new world, in a ...
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Will mankind on earth reattain the original state of Adam and Eve?

Adam and Eve, were constituted in an original "state of holiness and justice".250 This grace of original holiness was "to share in. . .divine life" CCC375 Now, I've heard a priest say that ...
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What is the purpose of the rosary and why do some differ in the amount of beads they contain?

Should a Rosary be made of six or twelve beaded sections? Does it symbolize something specific or is it simply an object created to reflect something in the Catholic religion?
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According to the Catholic Church, can a tattoo be considered a sacramental?

According to the Catholic Church, can a tattoo be considered a sacramental? I have a friend who is thinking about getting a tattoo on each shoulder, containing the image of the Medal of St. Benedict. ...
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According to Catholicism, can an imprimatur be revoked?

According to Catholicism, can an imprimatur be revoked? If so under what conditions are necessary to merit such a decision, if any.
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Would God allow all of humanity to be celibate?

God created the world with a process that involves sexuality to bring more people to existence to serve him. It doesn’t seem sustainable; if everyone achieved the degree of spirituality that the ...
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According to Catholicism, are we deserving or worthy of God's love in any way?

We are just dust in this infinite universe. We are sinners. We do crimes against humanity. God even sent his only begotten son for us to look over the vineyard. We scourged Him, judged Him and ...
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Does God intend or call some people to live alone forever in their life?

No. I am not talking about taking the sacrament of priesthood or brotherhood or being a nun who is called to live a holy life only for Christ. I mean if a man tries hard to find a partner but it ...
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Does Catholicism teach a physical 'New Earth' or is it only a state of mind? [duplicate]

In my Catholic catechism classes, I have always heard that a Christian's ultimate aim is to reach heaven with the Lord and that heaven is not a physical place but a state of mind. But in Revelation ...
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According to Catholicism, if there is human dignity is there also an angelic dignity?

If there is human dignity is there also an angelic dignity? What does Catholcism say about this?
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Why don't priests give Holy Communion to everyone at Mass? [duplicate]

Today I went to a Catholic Church and attended the mass then at communion time, priest asked us all to receive Communion (white, rounded hosts), but when I went there he spoke something very slowly ...
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Why do priests celebrate Mass versus populum (toward the congregation) at most Masses in the Ordinary Form?

Why do priests celebrate Mass versus populum (toward the congregation) and at most Masses in the Ordinary Form?
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According to Catholicism, would it be allowed for Jews to stone a woman caught in adultery after the scenario in John 8? [closed]

In the Gospel according to John, we can read about the encounter of Jesus with women caught in adultery. Jesus saved the women from being put to death by stoning. Let us suppose that a similar ...
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What is the official Catholic view of a feminine element within the Trinity?

A recent question on Christianity Stack (about monotheism and the Trinity) suggested that since Christians present the Trinity as a “family” it must contain a feminine element. This came as news to ...
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According to Catholicism, is it wrong to joke about holy things?

Is it okay to joke around about Jesus, Holy Scriptures, and other holy things? Is it okay to perform plays where Jesus is portrayed in funny ways in order to get others interested in the Catholic ...
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Is it permitted for a priest say a Mass of Pope Pius V for new saints while employing the prayers taken from the Mass of Paul VI?

Is it permissible for a priest say a Mass in the Extraordinary Form for new saints (canonized after 1962) while employing the prayers (Opening Prayer or Collect, Prayer over the Offerings and the ...
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How does the Church define reason?

How does the Church define reason? Does the Catechism of the Catholic Church give a definition? Fides et Ratio did not have a definition even if it is a encyclican on the subject. I find this a bit ...
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Who oversaw the 9th, 10th, and 11th sessions of the Council of Trent?

From the wiki page on the Council of Trent, we have: Pope Paul III, who convoked the Council, oversaw the first eight sessions (1545–47), while the twelfth to sixteenth sessions (1551–52) were ...
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What is a practical Catholic definition of conscience?

What is a practical Catholic definition of conscience? I have never found one.
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Where is the text of Pope Pius IX, “To the Easterners”?

I have seen Wikipedia discussion of Pope Pius IX's 1848 Epistle to the Easterners, and while the discussion mentions a now removed link to catholicencyclicals.net which apparently was a resource on ...
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If Calvary is seen as a Holy Mass and Jesus is the sacrifice then who presided as the priest celebrant?

In the sacramental offering of the Holy Mass, the priest presided acting as alter-Christus to offer the "bread & wine" to be consecrated to God. Jesus is the High Priest, but in Calvary Jesus ...
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Why is this music chosen for a Catholic Mass?

At 06:00 in this video (Levithögmässa. 23 november 2019, Göteborg) of Mass in the Extraordinary Form, some special music is performed. Why would anyone choose what I refer to as "concert music" for ...
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What does Western Catholic infant baptism and confirmation involve, especially with regard to being identified as a Catholic?

My son’s grandmother was Roman Catholic and she wanted us to have him baptised without delay. However, given we did not intend to bring him up in the Catholic faith, that would not have been possible....
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Why did not Jesus praise John the Baptist before the latter's disciples?

At Mtt 11:2-11 we see an account of the delegation that John the Baptist sent to Jesus : "When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are ...
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Where does this definition of humility come from, if not the Catechism of the Catholic Church?

I have found a couple claims like this online: The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes humility in this way: "The virtue by which a Christian acknowledges that God is the author of all good. ...