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Does the Catholic Church have a written rule on the depth of a grave in a cemetery?

There is an old saying which goes like this : "A dead man is the landlord of six feet ! " It most probably owes its origin to the custom of burying the dead under six feet of land. I am curious to ...
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According to Catholic doctrine, if a rich man does not share his wealth with the poor, is he being injust?

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1807 Justice is the moral virtue that consists in the constant and firm will to give their due to God and neighbor... Justice toward men disposes ...
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Does the Catholic Church prohibit marriage between a woman and her God-father?

Each child born in a Catholic family, receives the Sacrament of Baptism at an early age, and is escorted by its Godparents at the time of its baptism. Traditionally, a godparent must normally be an ...
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Which wisdom books are advice of a father to his son?

Which of the following wisdom books, Proverbs Ecclesiastes Wisdom Ecclesiasticus (Sirach), are advice addressed by a father to his son? Yes, Job, the Psalms, and Solomon's Canticle of Canticles (...
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Is it possible for a married Catholic to be invincibly ignorant that adultery is gravely wrong?

Is it possible for a married Catholic to be invincibly ignorant that adultery is gravely wrong? I am interested in an answer from the Catholic viewpoint.
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Do Catholics view other religion as a sin?

I'm interested to make this question after reading Do Catholics view atheism as a sin?, where the answer is : Yes. Catholicism states quite clearly that atheism is a sin. Disbelieving God means ...
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What does the Catholic Church teach on claiming as our “right / inheritance” the Abrahamic blessings before we die?

Background My friend is influenced by what I think is a prosperity-gospel leaning church, although I don't see heretical excesses like "positive confession", "name-it claim-it", etc and I cannot ...
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Does the Roman Catholic Church have a daily Bible reading?

I know that the Roman Catholic Church has the same Gospel reading on the Lord's Day. But does it having a daily reading as well? Where can I go to find it?
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If a person is in mortal sin and he fails to go to confession when he has the opportunity, does he commit an additional sin?

If a person is in mortal sin and he fails to go to confession when he has the opportunity, does he commit an additional sin? I am interested in the Catholic viewpoint.
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How does Catholic Church differentiate between the presence of Jesus and that of the Holy Spirit on the earth?

We see Jesus telling His disciples at John 14:15-16 (NRSVCE): If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you ...
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What's the difference between pastor, parochial administrator and parochial vicar in the Catholic Church?

I was looking through the list of appointments to a nearby parish and noticed that the Bishop is mixing things up, but not really changing much. Two parishes in a nearby city are linked, with two ...
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What is a “human act” in Catholic moral theology?

What is a "human act" in Catholic moral theology, and how does it relate to "full consent of the will" which is one of the conditions for a mortal sin?
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What are the steps and permissions required to add more “patronages” to saints?

I understand well enough the steps to go through to become a Catholic saint. And my understanding is that saints are "patron saints" of certain aspects of life and those patronages get assigned after ...
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How do the (Roman) Catholic Church and the (Anglican) Church of Uganda view “wife inheritance”?

There is a cultural practice in parts of Africa in which a young widow is required to marry her dead husband's brother, male cousin or other relation. This is sometimes referred to as wife inheritance....
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Does the Catholic Church have a contingency plan for the case that the pope and all cardinals are dead?

Most modern democratic countries have a chain of command which can be triggered in case of disastrous events and is intended to ensure the continuity of the functioning of the country. This chain of ...
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According to Catholics, who are “the elect”?

Calvinists believe that God unconditionally elects certain people to believe, these are His "elect" I am trying to figure what Catholics believe. This article states "A true biblical understanding of ...
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What does Mary look like in the Fatima Apparitions?

Beginning in the spring of 1917, the children reported apparitions of an Angel, and starting in May 1917, apparitions of the Virgin Mary, whom the children described as "the Lady more brilliant ...
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Why is complete consent listed as a requirement for an act to be a mortal sin?

What does the complete consent, when listed as a requirement for a mortal sin, mean? Objection: It would seem that there are mortal sins without complete consent. A woman goes to get an abortion ...
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Does the Catholic Church confirm that the term “way” as used by Jesus in John 14:5 was understood by the disciples?

We see in John 14: 1-5: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that ...
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What do the Catholics say about Isaiah 29:13? [duplicate]

Isaiah 29:13 NLT reads: ... And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote. I come from a Catholic background. And we are taught the Rosary and many such prayers by ...
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Is there a standard text of the Litany of Loreto accepted for universal use by the Catholic Church?

The Litany of Loreto recited in Southern India contains a prayer "Glory/pride of the Order of Carmelites, pray for us" just before the last prayer "Queen of peace, pray for us". That prayer is not ...
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How many mortal sins did/does Satan do?

How many mortal sins did/does Satan do? Did Satan commit just one mortal sin? Does the number of mortal sins increase as he tempts people to commit sin? I am interested in the Catholic viewpoint.
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How can Orthodox have saints, if they are heretic? (or vise versa)

I'm a catholic, so from a Catholic point of view how can orthodox have saints if they follow a heresy? And from the orthodox point of view, the opposite is true. If neither party can verify the ...
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What is the history behind the tradition of making the sign of the cross?

Catholics make the sign of the cross by touching the forehead then the chest then lest side then the right then bringing two hands together. My question What is the history behind the tradition of ...
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How did Catholic Church adapt after the Black Plague in Europe if at all any adaptation occurred?

Correct me if I am wrong here. There were various reformations in the Catholic church for example the reformation led by St. Catherine of Cienna, the reformation led by St. Theresa of Avila, Second ...
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Has the Catholic Church ever thought of replacing the prayer “Tower of ivory, pray for us” in the Litany of Loreto?

The Litany of Loreto to Our Lady contains a prayer: "Tower of ivory, pray for us". Of course, this prayer was written at a time when ivory was in abundance, and there was no prohibition against its ...
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How does the Catholic Church handle documents worldwide nowadays?

Marriages and baptisms certainly generate certificates that the church needs to store somewhere. Catholic schools such as the Marist Brothers and La Salle Brothers, with hundreds of thousands of ...
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How is the idea of the ritual purity implemented in the Catholic Church?

How is the idea of the ritual purity implemented in the Catholic Church? We know that in the Old Testament priests needed to be ritually pure in order to perform rituals. How is this idea implemented ...
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Can a priest say Mass for himself?

May not get a response in time but our pastor's first name is Joseph and I was wondering on the Feast of St. Joseph the worker, May 1st, can we request our pastor to offer the Mass intention in his ...
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Where are you going if you killed the Priest after you got The instrument of forgiveness from him? [closed]

This is one of the most known contradiction which I know in Christianity doctrine , Many Christians belives with the instrument of forgiveness which they received it from priest in order to forgive ...
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Does Pope Francis want Catholics to pray both new prayers at the end of the Rosary or just one or the other?

So this question might be rather meaningless in a few months, but I figured I might as well ask here in case someone can parse the Pope's meaning The Holy Father said: I am also providing two ...
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According to Catholicism, how should one read the Catholic Bible?

Is there any order that we should follow to read the bible? Like whether we should follow some chronological order or just read randomly. I am just starting to read the Catholic Bible and don't know ...
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How does the Catholic Church narrate the seal which was put on the tomb of Jesus?

We see at Matt 27: 64-66 the Chief Priests and Pharisees getting permission to secure the tomb of Jesus : "....Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his ...
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The celebrant’s position and proximity to the participants

We know that the apostles were present in a face to face relation to Jesus at the Lord's Supper. When did the celebrants of the later Eucharist turn their backs on the participants, and why? Also ...
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Do both officiant and recorder need holy orders to perform a Catholic baptism?

Many Catholic baptismal records from Spanish California (circa 1800) list the same clergyman as officiant and recorder (example), while some records separate the roles (example). I guess this ...
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If a woman does not reach the climax at the time when the husband does, is it morally permissible for her to be stimulated until she achieves it?

If a woman does not reach the climax in the marital act at the time when the husband achieves it (he achieves it before she does), is it morally permissible for her to be stimulated (by herself or her ...
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What is the biblical basis for the assignment of patron saints?

Within Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy specifically (there may be more) there are many patron saints. Is there any biblical basis that exists for the assignment of a patron saint?
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Eschatology: Reformed and Roman Catholic?

I've heard that both Reformed and Roman Catholic eschatologies have Augustine as a major foundation. True?
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Should a priest refuse communion to the inappropriately dressed woman when she approaches to receive it?

Should a priest refuse communion to the inappropriately dressed woman when she approaches to receive? For example, a woman comes dressed with a short dress or bare shoulders in the church, and she ...
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In 1820 how were the Canons of Durango installed?

I am trying to figure out the date when Agustín Fernández became canon priest of Durango, Mexico. I know these steps were taken: Some time in 1820, the bishop and cathedral chapter chose him as canon,...
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Is there a Patron Saint against the coronavirus?

Does the Catholic Church have a “Patron Saint against the pandemic caused by the coronavirus”?
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How does Catholic Church explain the use of singular word “name” in the Prayer of Sign of the Cross?

We see Jesus' instructions to the disciples at Mt 28:19: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. This ...
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According to Catholicism, is it permitted for a priest to employ the Benedictio Deprecatoris prayer to stop the spread of the coronavirus?

In our daily living, the Church has given us a treasury of prayers from everything to blessings of various object such as holy water to exorcisms against the evil spirits that possess people. There is ...
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Why are the functions for man clear in the Catholic Church leading and decisive hierarchy, but there is no corresponding function for women?

Aside from the functions that both man and women can take in the Church (they can be lay members of the congregations- single or married, they both can be consecrated single persons, they can be ...
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Can only the priest lead the ritual of washing the feet in Holy Thursday in the Catholic Church?

On Holy Thursday I watched a broadcast from the liturgy in a small religious community in Brasil. The liturgy was led by an elderly priest. Because of the pandemic, there were less than 12 persons to ...
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Why was Jesus crucified in the middle?

We read at Mark 15:27 "And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left."" One wishes to know as to whether it had been pre-determined by the authority say, Pilate, ...
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Were Jesus’ hands tied on the way to Calvary?

Traditions say that Jesus fell three times under the weight of the cross, out of which two instances took place after Simon of Cyrene had been entrusted to help Him carry the cross. One wonders ...
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Can a mentally ill person who takes medication regularly be a Catholic priest?

If a person is mentally ill but his mental illness is controlled by medication and he feels God is and was calling him earnestly for the last forty years of his life to become a priest, can he become ...
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Did Chesterton ever explain why he did not formally become a Catholic until long after he had starting thinking and writing for Catholics?

G.K. Chesterton (b. 1874, d. 1936), a major figure in the Catholic literary revival, who wrote the classic Catholic apologetics book Orthodoxy in 1908 along with Father Brown stories and books shortly ...
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How to suggest more reasonable themes/paradigms for the Covid-19 homilies (sermons) to the Catholic priests and bishops?

While I am fan of Catholic theology particularly and religious sciences and philosophy of religion generally (For example, I am trying to read journal such as Theological Studies from cover to cover, ...

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