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

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Sinlessness of Mary

Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox church believe in the sinlessness of Mary. Although their beliefs differ, they agree on the belief that "Mary was sinless." If Mary is sinless (i.e. the ...
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Looking for a Copy (Preferably PDF) of ``On the Visible Monarchy'' by Rev. Nicholas Sanders, D.D

I have been reading a book from the Library of St. Francis de Sales entitled ``The Catholic Controversy.'' https://archive.org/details/catholiccontrove00sain In it, he makes mention of and references ...
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What is a “spirtual circle” in Ignatian Spirituality?

I'm writing a speech on Ven. Jaques Sevin for a presentation, reading about him here which is not a broken link, but a bad PDF that you have to hack apart in notepad and resave as a PDF to read. It ...
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What does it mean “…blood that will be shed by many of you for the forgiveness of sins”?

The priest during Mass, always says this while on the Eucharist, Holy communion time, when the bell rings, and one kneels. What exactly does this mean for people?
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According to Catholicism, is Jesus' resurrected body in a certain location now that it has ascended?

According to Catholicism, does Jesus still have his resurrected body, and if so is it in a certain location now that it has ascended?
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How has the Chinese Patriotic Society modified the Bible in China?

Listening to The World Over Live from April 8th 2021, Raymond Arroyo said that Xi Jianping was adding the "Ten Commandments of Xi" into the Bible. That might have been hyperbole, but does ...
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What is the Catholic view of the Bible's teachings on marrying widows?

What is the Catholic Church's view on marry widows, and the Bible's teachings about it? Is it considered a good thing or a bad thing?
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What are the root causes of the recent clerical sexual abuse scandals within the Catholic Church?

What are the root causes of the recent clerical sexual abuse scandals within the Catholic Church? A comment to this question (Is it known which seminary or seminaries produced the majority of Catholic ...
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Jesus' Resurrection occurred before angel rolled back the tombstone?

Many exegetes claim, without proof, that Jesus resurrected before the angel rolled back the stone, in order to show that he passed through it as he could walk through doors or as he was born out of ...
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Were any Popes critics of the Iberian “Blood purity” doctrines?

Spain had at one point of its history a significant Jewish population (Sephardi Jews) as well as a large Muslim minority following the conquests of Islamic realms in Iberia. Judaism and Islam were ...
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How does Catholic Church reconcile the time of and the manner in which Jesus' resurrection was disclosed to Apostles?

We read in Mk 16:1-8, the the Angel's instruction to the women who visited the tomb of Jesus on the day of his Resurrection, and its outcome: When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary ...
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Is it known which seminary or seminaries produced the majority of Catholic priests who were accused of sexual abuse in the USA?

Is it known which seminary or seminaries produced the majority of Catholic priests who were accused of sexual abuse in the USA? The Catholic Church has suffered from the unfaithful and immoral priests ...
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Who is this cardinal in this picture?

Who is this pope's auxiliary? I see him with the Pope in many pictures. Thanks
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How do Christians argue about Jewish objections against Jesus being the Messiah

Traditional / Orthodox Jews argue that Jesus was not the Messiah, because we don't live in a Messianic Age. In the Messianic Age All Jews would be living in Israel (Isa. 11:12, 27:12-13); Israel ...
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Predestination and Freewill

Is predestination a Catholic doctrine? If so, how does the Catholic Church harmonise the doctrine of predestination against freewill? The Catechism of the The Catholic Church states: "Not only ...
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How do Catholics traditionally understand the divine omnipotence?

You have Saint Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century saying that God cannot do what is intrinsically impossible, but I would like to know what Catholics believed about the divine omnipotence before ...
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Why does the Apostles ' Creed not mention that Jesus rose again in body?

The Apostles' Creed says of Jesus : "...was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead..." If Jesus descended into Hell while his ...
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Can a church pastor prohibit sacraments to people for any reason, other than mortal sin?

A friend of ours alerted us to an example (maybe there are more) of a Catholic Church (took a little checking to make sure it was really a Catholic Church) that is only allowing people who are ...
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Mary as the road that we must travel in order to reach God?

According to Pope Francis: Mary is not only the bridge joining us to God; she is more. She is the road that God travelled to reach us, and the road that we must travel in order to reach him. How do ...
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In what ways is the term “priesthood” used in Catholic tradition?

In what ways does "priesthood" get used within Catholic tradition and theology? Besides "ministerial" and the "universal priesthood of all believers," does the concept ...
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C. S. Lewis' description of heaven and hell contrasted with Catholicism

I was going through The Great Divorce by C S Lewis and was wondering how much in line with Scripture his descriptions of heaven and hell are. I've heard very different descriptions coming from saints ...
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Mt. 18:5 or 19:14 to argue against contraception?

Have any Catholic theologians, Doctors, or Fathers of the Church used Mt. 18:5he that shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me. or especially Mt. 19:14Suffer the little children,...
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Has the Lord handed over the souls of the redeemed to St Michael?

In Ken Graham's answer to a separate question, he cites a prayer to Saint Michael used in the Catholic rite of exorcism. The Latin text of the prayer includes the passage: tibi trádidit Dóminus ...
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What is the Biblical Basis for God the Holy Spirit having a spouse?

The following are taken from Pure Devotion to Mary by St. Louis de Montfort By the light which the Holy Spirit will give you through Mary, his faithful spouse, you will perceive the evil inclinations ...
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What is the Biblical basis for Mary being the Tree of Life?

The following is taken from True Devotion to Mary by St. Louis de Montfort: If Mary, the Tree of Life, is well cultivated in our soul by fidelity to this devotion, she will in due time bring forth ...
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Does Total Consecration to Mary imply a supernatural wisdom?

Pope St. John Paul II famously promoted Total Consecration including taking "Totus Tuus" as his motto. Does a practice of Total Consecration, sincerely pursued, entail receiving any special ...
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What does “authentic magisterium” entail in Lumen Gentium?

Lumen Gentium 25 states in part: In matters of faith and morals, the bishops speak in the name of Christ and the faithful are to accept their teaching and adhere to it with a religious assent (...
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What does Lumen Gentium 25 mean about submission?

Lumen Gentium 25 states in part: In matters of faith and morals, the bishops speak in the name of Christ and the faithful are to accept their teaching and adhere to it with a religious assent (...
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What is the most important tradition in the Catholic Church?

I am doing a school project on Sacred Tradition and was wondering what Catholics view the most important Sacred Tradition to be. I was thinking that it would be Eucharist because it is the actual body ...
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Is there a difference between “co-redeemer” and “co-redemptrix”?

Did Pope Francis throw cold water on any hope for a 5th Marian dogma or is there a fundamental difference between "co-redeemer" and "co-redemptrix" that leaves the door slightly ...
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Which U.S. bishops are unfaithful to Church teaching on homosexuality and LGBT ideology?

Which U.S. bishops are unfaithful to Church teaching on homosexuality and LGBT ideology?
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Why do many bishops oppose the Vatican ban on blessing same-sex marriages?

Why do bishops (catholic) in some dioceses say that the Pope is outdated and ignoring scripture by refusing same-sex couples the sacrament of marriage, i.e. making their union holy. (Example). They ...
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About the intercessions of Saints to God, on one's behalf?

From a Catholic standpoint, and AFAIU, one prays to saints to intercede for one, on one´s behalf, to God. That being said, if you ask for help or a miracle to a saint through a prayer, and if you at ...
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In Catholic exorcisms why the Holy Angels (such as the possessed's guardian angel) are not actively participating as soldiers in battle?

In a book about exorcism Hostage to the Devil: The Possession and Exorcism of Five Contemporary Americans the author writes in the introduction chapter "A Brief Handbook of Exorcism" (...
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According to Catholic Church, did the Eucharistic celebration of Early Church consist of an entire meal?

We see St. Paul chastising the Corinthians for improper behavior during the Eucharistic meals, in 1 Cor 11:21-29 (NRSVCE): When you come together, it is not really to eat the Lord’s supper. For when ...
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Is St. Joseph the greatest saint after the Blessed Virgin Mary?

According to Catholic teaching, is St. Joseph the greatest saint after the Blessed Virgin Mary?
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Are Catholics obliged to follow scientific evidence that they find disreputable with respect to the Covid-19 pandemic?

Like most of the planet, I've been taking in gobs of information about Covid-19 and vaccinations. The latest news I read was that even the horribly abortion tainted Johnson and Johnson vaccine is ...
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What is Catholic Church's take on “Whom God Loves Die Young”?

The famous maxim "Whom God Loves Die Young"(adapted) has been accepted as a fact of life, by people across different religions. Let alone geniuses, writers, artists and other celebrities, ...
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According to the Catholic Church, is there any indirect mention of purgatory in the Gospels? [duplicate]

While the Gospels make a number of references to eternal damnation, they do not appear to directly mention purgatory, which is a strong precept of the Catholic faith. My question therefore is: ...
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How do Catholics make sure that the supposed saint they are asking intercession of is truly saved?

The doctrine of the intercession of saints states that deceased saints can be asked (via prayer) to intercede for the living. This assumes that there is: A living Christian. A deceased saint. A one-...
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If Mary could be conceived without the stain of original sin, why didn't God do this for all people? [duplicate]

If the Blessed Virgin was immaculately conceived without the stain of original sin and be full of grace so that she would not even want to sin, why didn't God do this for all people?
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According to Catholic Church, to what extent is faith a gift of God in terms of Romans 12: 3?

We see St. Paul telling the Romans (Romans 12:3) the following: For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think ...
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How are teachers culpable for scandal?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church refers to these people who are guilty of scandal Teachers who provoke their children to anger CCC - 2286 Is that teachers who are just being mean to their ...
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According to Catholic Church, does John the Evangelist mention the same individual Jews at 8: 31 and 8:59?

We read at Jn 8: 31: Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples” That is followed by a hot debate between the Jews and Jesus on sin, ...
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Are politicians who are integral to passing pro-abortion laws automatically excommunicated from the Catholic Church?

According to this article, "Any Catholic accomplice in the act of procuring an abortion, even though not specifically mentioned in Canon #1398, receives the same penalty of automatic ...
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What must a Catholic believe to be a Catholic?

What must a Catholic believe to be a Catholic? I know we must believe the articles in the Nicene and Apostolic Creeds and the Ex Cathedra statements about Holy Mary's Immaculate Conception and ...
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How do the Catholic and LDS views of what a prophet is differ?

Answers can address either denomination or both. My most recent understanding on the subject was that a prophet loses awareness (a trance) and then receives the word or message of God. However, I don'...
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Can a heart beat in heaven acording to Catholics?

I have a question regarding the "properties" of heaven. As far as I understand heaven is place outside of space and time. I imagine it like this since it is the only way i can make sense of ...
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According to Catholicism, are Popes expected to receive power by the Holy Spirit to operate in the miraculous as Peter did?

The Bible records many instances where Peter operated in the supernatural by the power of the Holy Spirit. For example: Peter was among the disciples that were filled with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost:...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that Papal supremacy can be passed on from person to person over time? [duplicate]

I know that Matthew 16:18 is commonly cited as the biblical basis for the Papal supremacy of Peter, who is viewed by Catholics as the first Pope. However, what is not yet clear to me is the biblical ...

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