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

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What is "grace of state"?

In the context of vocations, what is a "grace of state"? not to be confused with "state of grace" (having sanctifying grace) Chad Ripperger, Introduction to the Science of Mental ...
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Do Venerables and Blesseds Have Liturgical Feast Days in the Catholic Church?

I am presently engaged in a writing project, a component of which pertains to Pauline Jaricot. She was recently declared Blessed in the Catholic Church (May, 2022). I am inclined to call January 9 her ...
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Early church fathers on Mary as mediatrix

I was doing some research and even though could find different resources on devotion to Mary, Mary as the mother of God, I couldn't find anything useful about Mary as mediatrix / "to Jesus ...
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Did Mary Magdalene understand at the garden that Jesus had risen from the dead?

Have a look at the different versions of Jn 20:16 relating to the post-Resurrection appearance of Jesus to Mary Magdalene : Jesus said to her, Mary! Turning around she said to Him in Hebrew, Rabboni!—...
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In Catholicism, under what circumstances is 'abortion' condoned?

In Catholicism, under what circumstances is abortion condoned besides ectopic pregnancy? Two specific circumstances I'm wondering about: If the pregnant female was raped at a very young age e.g. 5 ...
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What prayers to use for vespers before an 'Angelic Feast' when the feast is raised to a solemnity?

Assuming Ken Graham's answer is more correct than Andrew Leach's on this question: If your the cathedral parish of your diocese has burned down, is the feast day of the patron saint still a solemnity? ...
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What Sunday services were held in a tyical English parish church before the Reformation?

I can find much material about monastic services, but nothing about the worship pattern in a typical rural parish. The Mass would have been celebrated, of course, but was there a morning and/or ...
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What according to Catholic scholars, was the reason behind Nathaniel's prejudice against Nazareth?

We read in Jn 1:43 -46 of the impulsive reaction of Nathaniel who is told of Jesus : The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me"...Philip found ...
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Do Catholics believe that unbaptized Protestants go to heaven?

Do Catholics believe baptism is necessary for salvation? According to Catholicism, would an unbaptized Protestant go to Heaven?
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Does modern physics contradict transubstantiation?

According to modern physics, all physical things are reducible to atoms, and that's all they are. In the doctrine of transubstantiation, the piece of bread's substance is transformed into Jesus, while ...
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What was the first infallible statement made by a pope?

According to the Catholic Church, what was the first infallible statement made by a pope, by himself, outside an ecumenical council?
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Are any Christians outside of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches *not* considered to be heretics by the Catholic Church?

This question regarding whether the Catholic Church considers the Assyrian Church of the East to be heretics made me wonder: are any Christians outside the Catholic and Orthodox churches not ...
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Are 'Nestorians' still considered heretics?

Are 'Nestorians' (Church of the East) still viewed as heretics by the Catholic Church? I asked this question because of the Common Christological Declaration between the Catholic Church and the ...
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How does Christianity view gaslighting?

Gaslighting since the advent of social media has become a political topic especially in todays world of organised disinformation and alt-truth. How does Christianity view this? Has there been any ...
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What is the relationship of the Mormon Church to Catholic Church?

A few years ago I met a few Mormon missionaries plying their mission in deepest, darkest UK. I went along to a few of their meetings. In one of them, a senior 'cleric' - I say cleric, because they all ...
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Is there a direct proportionality in the reward a person is likely to receive in Heaven vis-à-vis the good deeds he/she does on earth?

We see Jesus telling the 12 disciples who are sent out to preach, in Matt 10:40-41 (NRSVCE): Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes ...
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What is the meaning of "GNU" and how should it be displayed on a cremation urn?

I've been hired to build a cremation urn, which includes an engraved plaque with the name of the deceased, dates, a quote, etc., and the client has asked for the letters "GNU" to be included ...
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The poor you will always have with you

In John Chapter 12 verses 1-8 Jesus says the famous quote "... The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have Me", or in the original greek: τοὺς (the) πτωχοὺς (poor) ...
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How do Catholics know which OT laws are moral and which are merely civil or ritual?

I understand that Jesus fulfils the OT ritual laws and one's country's laws replaces the OT civil laws, leaving Catholics with only the OT moral laws plus the 10 commandments. How do Catholics ...
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What is the Catholic perspective on why are Angels and Archangels at the bottom of the "Angelic Hierarchy"?

I read this today in the Exodus 90 readings for St. Michael's lent: The traditional hierarchy, in order of ranking from highest to lowest, is listed as seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominions, virtues,...
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How do Catholics and other Christians respond to the US Bishops' teaching that Matthew was not written by it supposed author?

In its Introduction to the Gospel of Matthew, the website of the US Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) states: The ancient tradition that the author was the disciple and apostle of Jesus named ...
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Where did St. Catherine of Siena say "Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring."?

Where did St. Catherine of Siena say "Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring."?
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What is the Roman Catholic Church's position on the Eastern Orthodox Church?

What is the official Roman Catholic position on the Eastern (Greek) Orthodox Church? Obviously, there was a mutual anathema/ex-communication declared between them a long time ago - has it been updated ...
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Who won the Leipzig Debate?

I already asked questions about Leipzig Debate, in the Christianity SE. But I didn't get much information. Who won the debate? What was the final conclusion? How it effected to the Reformation? Is a ...
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What is the general survey, of pre-Vatican 2 Catholic tradition, for interpreting 1 Timothy 2:12 in a cultural/time bound manner?

Back in 1874, the American Protestant theologian, John W. Haley wrote one of the definitive works which defended the inerrancy and infallibility of Scripture. In his book, he argued: ...with fitting ...
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Why does the marriage bond cease with death?

I know Jesus says marriage ends with death, but I don't understand WHY marriage ceases to exist with death. I prefer Catholic answers to this question.
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How did the early church understand the priesthood?

Protestantism reject the idea of a sacerdotal priesthood, embracing instead the idea of priesthood of all believers(cf. 1 Peter 2:9). Protestant Reformers like Martin Luther and John Calvin also claim ...
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Is Padre Pio known to have sworn, at least rarely?

In this clip "Shia LaBeouf in Padre Pio (2022) "Say Christ is Lord!", Shia LeBeouf, portraying the titular Pio, delivers the line "Shut the f*ck up!" I can't find much ...
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How standard is the Liturgy of the Hours from the Word on Fire?

I very much like the Word on Fire Liturgy of the Hours booklets, I think it's helped me a lot in getting to do things in a most consistent and concise fashion that I'd only be able to pick up on if I ...
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In Catholic liturgy, what is the difference between "liturgy", "rite", "order", "form", "mass", and "missal"?

This question is about proper use of terminology within the Roman Catholic church today. As a non-Catholic I am sometimes bewildered when the 6 terms "liturgy", "rite", "...
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Are Catholic schools run by seculars a post-Vatican II novelty?

Are Catholic schools run by seculars (non-religious laity) a post-Vatican II novelty?
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Can This be a Valid Catholic Imprimatur?

Recently, I came across a book published in 2012 which indicates an "Imprimatur" (i.e., permission to print) from Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Archbishop, Archdiocese of Cincinnati. ...
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Are Catholic Church teachings about homosexuality infallible? [duplicate]

The Catholic Church's current teaching regarding homosexuality is that homosexual acts are peccatum contra natura. More precisely, the New Catholic Encyclopedia (2003) states: Although the Catholic ...
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Have Christians in communion with the Bishop of Rome been always in the majority since St. Peter?

Demographics-wise, has the number of global Christians in communion with the Bishop of Rome (called "Catholics" for convenience in this Q) been always the majority in every generation since ...
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How do non-Catholics understand Catholics' fulfillment of the Great Commission?

One argument in favor of Catholicism that I see as particularly convincing is that Catholics have done the best job of fulfilling the great commission. This is born out in the fact that Catholics have ...
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Which saint said a spiritual director should give his female directee books to read rather than meeting with her too frequently?

Which saint said a spiritual director should give his female directee books to read rather than meeting with her too frequently?
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What is the history of periodically transferring parish priests?

What is the history of periodically transferring parish priests? St. John Vianney was the curé (parish priest) of Ars until his death (18th cen.). Even today, priests in some rural parts of Mexico ...
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The role of monks and their appellation in 18th century?

A public execution took place in Toulouse, in an officially Catholic state, in the 18th century, France. A Protestant father, Jean Calas, was sentenced to death on the ground that he had murdered his ...
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Does the Catholic Church permit continuation of Holy Mass which has been left incomplete by the original celebrant, by another ordained priest?

Imagine this situation: Fr. Joseph is half-way through the Sunday Mass he is saying for a large gathering. Suddenly, the Sacristan informs that Fr. Joseph's mother has met with a serious accident and ...
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According to the Catholic Church, has Satan ever appeared on earth since biblical times?

That is to say, does the Catholic Church regard as legitimate any recorded instances of Satan himself making direct contact with one or more people, other than those in the bible such as the serpent ...
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Did Catholic Church alter the Nicene creed?

When was the Filioque clause added to the creed and what is the reason for that? Did the eastern fathers believe in the filioque?
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How binding are encyclicals on practicing Catholic's beliefs?

I am reading through certain encyclicals from Popes on economics, and I wanted to know how binding they are on my beliefs (if I were to be a Catholic who follows church teaching). Are they binding? Do ...
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Why do some traditional Catholics choose Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form over going with their parish Confirmation?

I'm trying to figure out whether it is a good idea to attempt to get my kids confirm in the Extraordinary Form, while it lasts, or go through the regular parish way of doing things. My family and I ...
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What is the spiritual significance of a patron saint?

What is the spiritual or heavenly significance of saint having a patronage or being patron saint with regards to something like a place, person or profession? Is it just a recognition of the fact that ...
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Approved Norwegian Bible translations within Catholicism?

Which modern-day Norwegian Bible translations have been explicitly approved by the Vatican or other authorities authorized to make such an approval? The Catholic translation of the New Testament by ...
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Who said that the smallest spiritual progress of a religious merits more than that of a thousand laymen?

Who said that the smallest spiritual progress of a religious merits more than that of a thousand laymen? I seem to remember it was by or about St. Teresa of Ávila.
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Do catholic rules apply to former catholics?

According to this article one is catholic if: There are clear, classical and traditional requirements of being a Catholic, most recently expressed by Pius XII. He states that the members of the ...
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According to Catholicism, is tempting another person a sin?

According to Catholic theologians, is tempting another person always a sin? It would seem to be a sin, because tempting someone is to lead him into sin, which is the sin of scandal. It would seem not ...
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Can a Catholic diocese hold onto money raised by a parish for parish refurbishments?

If a Catholic Parish specifically raises money for the parish - say refurbishment of its church hall kitchen- can the Diocese hold onto the money for as long as it says it needs it? The parishioners ...
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How do Catholics respond to Matthew 1:25 meaning that Mary did not remain a perpetual virgin?

Roman Catholics believe that the virgin Mary was not only a virgin up until her birth of Christ, but remained a perpetual virgin until her death, but doesn't Matthew 1:25 affirm that Mary and Jospeh ...

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