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Catholic Church's position on catholic husband and muslim wife [duplicate]

I am a Spanish Catholic guy and I met a Russian girl from the Caucasus who is a Muslim (although not practicing). Her family is Muslim culturally, none of them pray or wear hyjab or similar, but they ...
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What did Jesus mean by asking `what do you read in the law' in Lk 10:26?

We read in Luke 10: 25-26 : Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read ...
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Why were the mystical works of Richard of St. Victor called “Benjamin”?

Richard of St. Victor (d. 1173) wrote two treatises in mystical theology, sometimes called Benjamin Minor and Benjamin Major. But where do those titles come from? It seems the first one has something ...
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What is the original source of summary of the 10 Commandments, which Jesus quotes in Mtt 22: 35-40?

We read in Lk 10: 25-28 : Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?...
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According to Catholicism, if we sin and become repentant will our sins be forgiven too like St. Peter?

At the catechism class we learned that as Peter was repentant after betraying Jesus his sin was forgiven. If we sin, become repentant and do confessions will our sins be forgiven too? Or do we have to ...
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How to not awkwardly bow to thurifer during Mass?

I've been going to the extraordinary form of the Mass (i.e. Latin Mass) for about a year now, every time I go I keep meaning to write down the questions I have and ask them here, so this may be the ...
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When the Pope says “We commend to the Lord the souls…” what does it mean exactly? It it a symbolic gesture, a prayer, something else?

The recent NPR news item Pope Francis Expresses Sorrow But No Apology For Indigenous School Deaths In Canada includes the following quote: "We commend to the Lord the souls of all the children ...
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Does the Catholic church support its participation in genocide? [closed]

In Canada, the residential school system - run by the Catholic church took children from their families and indoctrinated them in Catholic ideology. They abused and buried children in unmarked graves, ...
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What's the official Catholic position regarding the literal truth of incidents described in the Old Testament?

Someone recently told me that passages like Samuel 15:3 and Numbers 31:17-18 which talk of God and Moses giving orders for violence, are considered by the Catholic church as exaggerations and ...
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Can a divorcee get married in a Catholic Church?

Can a man who has divorced a couple of times get married again in a Catholic Church in accordance with the conventions and teachings of the church? I desire to ask primarily about the Catholic Church. ...
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Does the Holy Spirit speak on behalf of the Father , or the Son or both?

We see in John 16:13, Jesus giving his disciples a foresight into the role of the Holy Spirit: When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, ...
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What is the oldest recorded filmed Catholic mass?

Where can I view the oldest filmed recording of a mass?
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According to Catholic moral theology, does the State have a right to force its baptized citizens to procreate?

St. Alphonsus di Liguori, Theologia Moralis vol. 2 lib. 6 tract. 5 de matrimonio (p. 687), addressing question"938. Marrieds per se are bound to render (the debt) and sometimes even to exact (the ...
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May a Catholic have thier cremated remains poured out at sea?

My mother, a Roman Catholic in good standing, passed recently and wished to be cremated and her ashes poured out at sea. A young priest at her parish, fresh out of seminary, indicated that such a ...
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What is the present position of the Catholic Church on resurrection vs “immortality of the soul”?

The Catholic Church has traditionally affirmed the unconditional "immortality of the soul", with its final destination either to the blessedness of Heaven or to the eternal torments of Hell. ...
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Existence of Hell in Christianity [duplicate]

What are the biblical basis for hell in Christianity? Are there any and if there are what are they based on in bible or in Christianity in general. I have seen many articles about the bible not ...
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Is abortion okay, if the mother's life is at risk, according to Catholicism?

Is it okay to abort a baby when the continuation of the pregnancy may result in the death of his or her mother, according to Catholicism?
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Should every mandatory and unambiguous truth from the Scriptures have to have a dogma? [duplicate]

My question is connected with my previous question Does Catholic Church have any dogma about homosexuality? AFAIK there is no dogma about homosexuality. This my question asks - whether there should be ...
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Does Catholic Church have any dogma about homosexuality?

Does Catholic Church have any dogma about homosexuality? I have not heard nor found any. One is tempted to make the comparison with the "conditional nature of the private property rights" ...
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According to the Catholic Church, whom does Jesus refer to as the “ruler of this world” in Jn 16:11?

We read in Jn 16:7-11 (NRSVCE), the pre-crucifixion message of Jesus to his disciples: "Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the ...
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How to find the articles from the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of Synod of Bishops (Synod of the Family) and the votes on them?

Frédéric Martel in his book In the Closet of the Vatican has the following remarks on the Synod of the Family: In fact, a ‘liberal* majority emerged from the Synod, but the quorum required for the ...
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Who are the members of the International Theological Commission for the 2019-2024 Quinquennium?

About the International Theological Commission: The International Theological Commission (ITC) of the Catholic Church advises the Magisterium of the Church, particularly the Congregation for the ...
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What are the basis and larger connotations of the term “untimely born“ as St. Paul refers to himself in 1 Corinthians?

We read in 1Cor 15:7-9, how St. Paul appraises himself with reference to Jesus' post-resurrection appearance to him: Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one ...
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How is the “baptism in the Holy Spirit” (promoted through CHARIS) connected with the Sacrament of Baptism?

Catholic charismatic renewal has received continuing papal support since Pope Paul VI in the 1970s. On June 6, 2019, The CHARIS ("Catholic Charismatic Renewal International Service") was ...
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Ascension Mass when traveling between dioceses?

If you live in a diocese that celebrates the Ascension on Thursday, but you're out of town and temporarily in a diocese that celebrates the Ascension on the following Sunday, what are you supposed to ...
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Authentic reasons to leave Roman Catholicism?

What are some reasons the Roman Catholic Church would consider authentic reasons for leaving the Roman Catholicism for another community in the Church of Christ?
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What is the meaning of Lumen Gentium's “subsistit in” according to the Acta Synodalia of Vatican Council II?

In Lumen Gentium 8 we find the words, "Haec Ecclesia [...] subsistit in Ecclesia catholica..." ("This Church [...] subsists in the Catholic Church"). The Acta Synodalia Sacrosancti ...
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In which US states are Catholic dioceses being investigated for Sexual Abuse?

I recently read something in my parish’s bulletin saying that our diocese was getting investigated by the Attorney General for sex abuse. With this announcement, Wisconsin will join at least 22 other ...
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What are the effects of a Church Tax in Germany on Catholics?

How common is income tax diversion to Catholic Churches in the world? In the USA, we usually just contribute according to our means or desires, nothing is automatic and our contributions are certainly ...
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What are the reasons for German Bishops who favor the “Synodal Path” for not just becoming Protestants?

I was reading an interesting article on the National Catholic Register where the pastor at Martin Luther's church in Wittenburg said he thought that people who disagree with the Catholic Church and ...
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Why the English version of rosary doesn't insert the mystery in Hail Mary prayer?

In many languages, countries when people pray rosary they insert the mystery in Hail Mary after saying Jesus. It is used officially in public places by everyone. For example: Hail, Mary, full of ...
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Did John the Evangelist make a mistake in counting the post-resurrection apparitions of Jesus?

We see Jesus making his post-resurrection apparition before the disciples on various occasions: first, to the disciples on their way to Emmaus (Lk 24: 13-35), second, to the disciples in the absence ...
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What is the origins of Popes wearing a white soutane with other articles of clothing such as mozzetta in red?

What is the origins of Popes wearing a white soutane with other articles of clothing such as mozzetta in red? Most sources say that the pope wears a white soutane since the time of Pope Pius V. That ...
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Who was St. Jane of Chantal's first spiritual director?

Before St. Jane de Chantal met St. Francis de Sales, she had a very strict spiritual director, a priest at the nearby shrine of the Black Virgin at Notre-Dame-d’Etang. He undertook her direction by ...
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What does it mean when Jesus cannot be separated from the Father and the Holy Ghost?

What is the word which means that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost cannot be separated? When we receive Holy Communion, the Host contains Jesus, the Father, the Holy Ghost, and all that God ...
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According to the Catholic Church is the ordering of the events in the Gospels (prior to the Passion) important to understanding salvation?

I really love The Chosen, but I noticed that the chronology of some of the events, when certain parables were told, etc. Teaching the Lords Prayer to children prior to public ministry, these are all ...
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What is the connection between St. Michael and people who work in grocery stores?

When examining the wikipedia page on St. Michael it says: Michael the Archangel is the patron saint of grocers, mariners, paratroopers, police officers, and military personnel. Mariners, military, ...
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Which is the distribution of daily hours for Western (e.g. Benedictine) monks?

I've been searching for some reference to the "usual" distribution of hours in terms of sleep, prayer, reading, working, etc for Western monasteries but cannot find a good reference online. ...
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Can a diocesan priest become a missionary?

Can a diocesan priest become a missionary? Can he demand it? Does he need consent from his bishop (I know he can become a religious without consent)?.
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Can Only A Priest Give Confession?

Or can someone who has been blessed by a priest do so? What if someone were stranded on an island and unable to hear confession?
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Was the first Christian community a model for Religious Orders?

Pope Francis: “The Acts of the Apostles relate that ‘no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common.’ This is not communism, but pure Christianity,” ...
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How much authority does Pseudo-Dionysus still have in today's Catholic Church? [duplicate]

Ancient and medieval Church identified the sixth century Syrian Christian Neoplatonist author Dionysius the Areopagite, and not until modern times the truth has been revealed. However, Pseudo-Dionysus ...
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Why would God create a world in which there are so many ways to sin and thus be condemned? [duplicate]

There's no doubt humans are responsible for their sins, but what they do is still dependent on the basic rules of the universe. So why would God let i.e. drugs to be possible in the first place? I ...
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Comparative religion textbooks from a Catholic viewpoint

Most Catholic text books about religion are about Catholicism, I asked my high-school aged daughter what she wants to study next year for religion class and she said she's like to know about other ...
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Why is the Catholic teaching that Mary's hymen remained intact during childbirth important?

I am asking this question because the entire comment thread in which I asked the question appears to have gone missing, including references to Aquinas (Summa Theologica q. 35 a. 6), Ludwig Ott (...
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Under what circumstances, if any, can audio assistive technology be used in confession?

This recent answer mentions that it is not permitted to use the internet or cellular communications in (private) confession. It also mentions a story of a certain catacomb with particular acoustics ...
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Is Zion associated with Mary in Catholic doctrine?

In the accepted answer to this question, How is the Catholic interpretation of the Woman of the Apocalypse as being Mary reconciled with the dogma of perpetual virginity?, I find reference to Isaiah ...
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At what point in history did Catholic priests begin to be called pastors?

I have recently, within the last year or so, begun to notice the sometimes reference to Catholic Pastors. I assume that this term is in reference to Priests. I grew up Catholic and attended Catholic ...
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Did Christ incarnate primarily to have a mother?

Are there any theologians (e.g., Doctors or Fathers of the Church) who thought that, regardless whether Adam had sinned, Christ still would have incarnated, primarily to have a mother and sanctify her*...
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Why is the pace of the “oration” in the Traditional Latin Mass so brisk?

In a recent poll of those who attend the Traditional Latin Mass, a plurality indicated that their main reason for doing so was the reverence of it (The Latin Mass Among Millennials). I can appreciate ...

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