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Questions tagged [catholicism]

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

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Can Catholics eat food offered to idols?

Mathew 15:11 What goes into the mouth does not make anyone unclean; it is what comes out of the mouth that makes someone unclean. Can Catholics eat food offered to idols?
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Why does Christmas end on the Baptism of the Lord and not on the Presentation of the Lord?

The Presentation of the Lord is celebrated exactly 40 days after Christmas, yet Christmas ends on the Baptism of the Lord, which is the beginning of Ordinary Time. Why is the Christmas season short ...
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Guidelines for “becoming” a believer, according to the Catholic Church

This might sound like an odd question, but I hope it's on-topic. Say an atheist/agnostic approaches you and asks, "how can I get to believe in God?". Out of instinct/experience, you can say things ...
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In the Catholic Church, can archbishops excommunicate people?

I was reading an article in the November 2018 edition of "The Atlantic" on Óscar Romero and stumbled upon this strange sentence by Paul Elie while he's narrating the events of autumn of 1978. When ...
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Catholic Marrying Jehovah Witness [on hold]

I am 20 and have been raised catholic my entire life, was baptized and attended a catholic school from preschool - 8th grade. My boyfriend (23) who I've been with for 3 years is Jehovah, which I never ...
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What is an overview of the similarities and differences between the Catholic doctrine of Original Sin and the Reformed doctrine of Total Depravity?

Upon a cursory examination, both the Catholic doctrine of Original Sin and the Reformed doctrine of Total Depravity seem to say that mankind is by default separated from God. What is an overview of ...
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How are the words of Mary in Luke 1:34 incontrovertible proof of her perpetual virginity?

Based on this question it seems that a lot of weight is given to the simple statement by Mary to Gabriel that she is a virgin. Luke 1:34 NIV How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a ...
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Whom does Jesus refer to as 'infants' at Luke 10:21?

At Luke 10:21 we see : " At that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the ...
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Legal base for “any male baptized Catholic is eligible to be elected Pope”

A lot of sources (e.g. Wikipedia) mention the fact that "any male baptized Catholic is eligible" to become Pope. I'd like to find the canon law (if any) that states this fact. Canon 332 states that If ...
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What are the benefits of last rites to a mortally injured person in the Catholic belief?

If a person is a unbeliever and has been injured in a way that there is no hope of survival and has never accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, does the Catholic Church believe that last rites performed ...
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Why female or married person can't be elected as a pope? [duplicate]

Why female or married person can't be elected as a pope? Is there a reason (scientific one) or just male chauvinism (maybe just set of rules)?
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Can Mass be celebrated at any hour of the day?

In the Eucharistic Prayer III, we read: You are indeed Holy, O Lord, and all you have created rightly gives you praise, for through your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, by the power and working of the ...
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Holding hands and forming a circle around the altar during eucharistic prayer allowed?

We have a new priest in our parish who does things differently. Today in Mass he invited all children to form a circle around the altar with him and hold hands. I know that some priests do this while ...
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Is “formal schismatic” a useful category in practice?

Wikipedia says that formal schismatics are those who: knowing the true nature of the Church, have personally and deliberately committed the sin of schism. But if formal schismatics have to truly ...
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What happens to a diocese when a bishop dies unexpectedly?

Our bishop passed away last week unexpectedly, the only thing I've heard is that it may the Vatican 6-9 months to replace him. What is the process and who is in charge of the diocese during this time? ...
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Detail about lamb sacrifice

I was listening to a homily and here is what the priest said: "You would travel with your family to Jerusalem and you would have either brought a lamb or you would have acquired a lamb and what ...
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Are there legitimate saints not documented in western hagiology?

In Croatia the patron saint of Vukovar is Saint Bonus/Sveti Bono. There's nothing in any English Catholic encyclopedia but Croatian wikipedia lists the following facts: Martyred under Decian (or was ...
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When was the festival of the see of Peter in the 6th Century?

I've been researching the Decrees of the second Council of Tours (AD 567), specifically Canon XXI: Some still hold fast the old error, that they should honour the 1st of January. Others, on the ...
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Who owns, controls and audits Catholic donations?

How are such matters handled in the Catholic Church?
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Can someone atone for the sins of another, in the life after death, if they asked this grace from Our Lord before their own death in this life?

At 1 Peter 2:24 we read: " He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. " Of course, one would be ...
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Why did Jesus compare one born of the Spirit to the wind?

At John 3:8 (RSVCE) we see Jesus saying: "The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born ...
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Does intercession of the saints presuppose that saints are omniscient? [duplicate]

If we ask a saint to intercede for us, are we not presupposing that the saint is omniscient enough to read our thoughts and to hear our prayers? Doesn't the act of prayer to a saint then contain an ...
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Are brief blasphemous deliberate thoughts a mortal sin according to Catholicism?

Are brief blasphemous deliberate thoughts a mortal sin according to Catholicism?
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Unique “traditional” souvenirs people may obtain from the pope or other Catholic prelates?

Unique "traditional" souvenirs people may obtain from the pope or other Catholic prelates? Believe it or not, there’s a way to get the pope to surrender his zucchetto to you, while in the presence of ...
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According to Catholicism, is sexual activity with a robot adultery?

The secular press has provided wide coverage to the legal aspects of sexual relationships with a robot, in the context of infidelity and divorce laws. For instance, in this recent article, a scientist ...
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Should Cathloic Priests be address as “Father”? [closed]

In view of what Jesus said in the following verse do Cathloic priests have any right to be called "Father"? Matthew 23:9 "Moreover, do not call anyone your father on earth, for one is your ...
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According to Catholicism, why did God create man as man rather than as angel?

There is some discussion about why God created man here. The answers go something like "God wanted to love us, share his perfection/happiness/life with us. Therefore, he created us." Yet, God also ...
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Was Peter ever in Rome? [duplicate]

Is there any Biblical or historical evidence that Peter ever went to Rome? If not, how can Peter be considered the first Pope? Please note that unlike the following questions (What evidence is there ...
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In Catholicism, does baptism against the will of a dying, unaware person result in baptismal regeneration?

Suppose that a hostile unbeliever meets a Catholic priest. The unbeliever is a blasphemer and firmly stated that he never wants to become a Christian. However later that day, he is dying and non ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach that it is sinful to vote for a pro-abortion politician? [duplicate]

Say that a person were to vote for a candidate because they liked their positions on a variety of issues. However, they were also pro-abortion, meaning that they are at odds with the Catholic Church's ...
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Why are some clergy referred to as “Monsignor” and others not?

I've heard the title of "Monsignor" used for bishops, archbishops, and even priests. Why are some clergy given this title and others not?
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In the history of the Catholic Church, has the Sunday obligation to go to Mass ever been dispensed of due to some serious communcable disease?

Has the Sunday obligation to go to Mass ever been dispensed of due to some serious communcable disease? I am interested in knowing if Rome (the pope) ever permitted the faithful to refrain from going ...
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Who was the first person ordered executed by a Roman Catholic pope?

I was wondering who and when was the first person executed on orders of a pope or if there is no name information, when was the first such execution.
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What does Catholic Church teach about the interpretation of the metaphor of “salt of the earth?”

We see Jesus telling at Matthew 5:13 (NRSVCE): "You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out ...
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According to Catholicism, is Adam or Eve more culpable for original sin?

From a Catholic perspective: Is there a shared culpability between Adam and Eve for original sin, or is only Adam or Eve ultimately responsible? Please, link answers from Catholic sources. (You can ...
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According to Catholics (and Mark 7:19) what happens to Jesus' flesh after it is ingested? [duplicate]

According to a commentary by Thomas Aquinas, [pita] bread (and I suppose those extremely leavened (aerated) wafers) become "the indestructible flesh of God, the Son": ...The food that sustains the ...
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Do Catholics eat the substance of the Father during “communion”?

The reason I am raising this question is not so much to understand communion as to understand: "one substance with the Father" (since that seems at odds with Hebrews 1:1-3 to me) "consubstantiation" "...
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What is the Catholic interpretation of John 12:32?

According to John 12:32 (NRSV): And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoplea to myself.” aJohn 12:32 Other ancient authorities read all things Yeshua seems to be saying- ...
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According to Catholicism what is meant by living in a state of obstinate sin?

About a week a go I heard about something called obstinate sin. What is obstinate sin? Is it the same as not listening to God? According to Catholicism what is meant by living in a state of ...
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Catholics: how can the book of Wisdom be inspired if the author pretended to be Solomon?

This is a sincere question, not one of those sneering ones that try to make the one being questioned look bad. The church fathers unanimously considered the Book of Wisdom to be inspired and Dei ...
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Who can give the sacrament of confirmation in the Catholic Church?

Out of curiosity, when someone plans to recieve the Sacrament of Confirmation, do they have to recieve this Sacrament from a bishop or cardinal, or can any ordained minister give this Sacrament?
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Homiletic directions from the Vatican to the Universal Church?

I've noticed that recently sermons in my local church have focused particularly on the life of Saints. I have observed this in other churches I've recently attended too (at least in 3 different ...
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Into what eschatological category do the teachings of the Catholic Church fit?

I don’t think I’ve heard much from Catholics on the topic. It seems that they would be removed from the dispensational-premillennialism hysteria, but haven’t heard many speak on it one way or another.
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Is a Roman Catholic ever permitted to take the Anglican Eucharist?

According to the Catholic catechisms or canon law, is it ever canonically acceptable or lawful for a Roman Catholic to take of the Anglican communion?
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Do the Catholics consider Orthodox Christians heretics?

The Orthodox Christians consider Catholics heretics. But what is the opposite case?
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What is conciliar folly?

From Gloria.tv: During Sarah's "renewal" Paul VI laicised ten thousands of priests and furiously persecuted the Priestly Society of Saint Pius X who was able to gather the sheep shattered ...
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Did Jesus heal a person with a chromosome defect?

Is there anywhere in the bible a hint or something saying Jesus healing someone with a chromosome defect? For example somebody with a Down Syndrome or similar. What about today's healings? Was it ...
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How does Catholicism deal with the apparent paradox/conflict between “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 ...