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

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Are there any Catholic Audiobook sharing websites like Librivox?

Are there any Catholic audiobook websites like librivox, where christian volunteers from all over the world can read a catholic book, and upload the audiobook to share with all other christians? "...
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What bible courses do men take in seminary before becoming an ordained priest?

What bible courses do men take to before becoming an ordained priest? A college course book from a Catholic seminary only list one semester in bible theology.
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What is the purpose of degrees in the Knights of Columbus?

The Knights of Columbus seems to have some system like the Freemasons do when it comes to degrees. But since those organizations are diametrically opposed, what is the point of the four degrees in the ...
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How can incorrect information on a Catholic baptismal record be corrected?

My mother was baptised Catholic in 1923 but the baptismal record has a few mistakes on it not least the mother's name. Is it possible to have a baptismal record corrected and what forms of proof do ...
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According to the Catholic Church, what did Jesus mean by saying “Least of these commandments "?

We see Jesus saying at Matthew 5:18-19: For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. ...
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Where can I find the text of “Prayer” by Father Faber?

I'm reading a book from the 1920's that mentions Father Faber's book "Prayer" as a good reference on the two main forms of contemplation in the 15th century. It claims that "Prayer" was then ...
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Possible relic found?

It might be "1st" class; a 3" high metal cross with a flat round container of a liquid at cross beam This has some lettering surrounding it. A male figure in "bibical dress" holding a tablet(?) is on ...
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Why do the Evangelists Matthew, Mark and John not give narrative account of the Ascension?

Luke is the only Evangelist who gives a narrative account of the Ascension of Christ at 24:50-53 (NRSVCE) "' Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. ...
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How does Catholicism understand the phrase: “Mary is God's dream”? [closed]

The scriptures especially the Gospel is centered on Christ Redemption and Salvation. And in St. Paul letter to Colossians it teaches; "For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on ...
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Is a Catholic canon a prebendary?

According to Mark Burkholder, the three types of members of a cathedral chapter that weren't dignitaries were canons, prebendaries (racioneros), and half prebendaries (medios racioneros). I am ...
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Why did Jesuits and Franciscans disagree about indigenous labor in their missions?

Alejandro Murguía in "The Medicine of Memory" wrote that Jesuit missions in New Spain were averse to controlling native labor. When Franciscans and Dominicans took over after the expulsion of the ...
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How do Catholics understand how the title “Lord” for Jesus is dependent on his resurrection at Ro 14:9 if it means he is God?

Romans 14:9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living (KJV) How does being revived (lived again, ASV) make him Lord of both the dead ...
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Is the sign of the Cross as well as the crucifix a Catholic “trade mark”?

Why do Catholics have crucifix in their home and Churches; priest, bishops, cardinals, popes and the faithful wear crucifix in their neck and make a sign of the cross before and after prayer and ...
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Do Catholics have an obligation to attend the parish closest to their homes?

So, this is something I should ask a priest, and I know there is a precept of the Church which is to provide for the needs of the church, but I'm asking here because I want to know if I have a leg to ...
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Why did the Jews comment that Jesus was not yet fifty years of age?

We see at John 8 , the long debate that Jesus has with the Pharisees . We read at Vs 57 the question which the Pharisees pose to him: "" Then the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, ...
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Did Rome prefer that Catholic clergy not work for national governments?

What has been the Catholic Church's position about its clergy taking jobs serving national governments? I have two examples, from the History question "Which Catholic priests were given diplomatic ...
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When did the Holy Family actually settle down at Nazareth?

We see at Luke 2: 22- 39 the presentation of Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem and the return of the Holy Family to Nazareth : " When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of ...
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Is it a mortal sin to miss mass on Sunday? [duplicate]

If someone is confuse and in fear, is it a mortal sin to miss mass on Sunday? Can an online internet live traditional mass be an alternative option?
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Do Catholics consider Catholic Church as a heresy of the Orthodox church?

A succession of ecclesiastical differences and theological disputes between the Greek Eastern Church and Latin West Church pre-dated the formal rupture that occurred in 1054. Prominent among these ...
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Did Jesus die for all? Is “for many” the same meaning as “for all “ in Matthew 26:28?

In Matthew 26, Jesus said, Matthew 26:28: For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins. Is “for many” the same meaning as “for all”? If Jesus died ...
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Catholics marrying after civil divorce

So it is certain that you cannot remarry in Church before getting an annulment as divorce is not recognised. But what if you never got married in Church to begin with. But instead only did a civil ...
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Are the teachers and prophets who laid hands on Saul & Barnabas in Acts13:1-3 ordained Bishops?

Some Catholics justify St. Paul’s apostolic succession by citing Acts 13:1-3: Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (...
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Is St. Paul celebrating the Holy Eucharist different from the Holy Mass of the Catholic Church?

In the Catholic Church the celebration of the Holy Mass, the bread is just a small host and just a small quantity of wine. In the scriptures, in letter to the Corinthians, it would seems that the ...
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How does Catholic Church explain John 1:31?

At John 1:30-31 (NRSVCE) we see John the Baptist introducing Jesus to the crowd: "This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did ...
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If the Pope were to commit suicide would he go to hell? [closed]

This question may sound rude but, if someone as holy as the pope were to commit suicide would he go to hell? Considering his devotion to god wouldn't he get some sort of pass? I think someone who ...
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Why does the Catholic Church not celebrate the Feast of Naming of Jesus?

We read at Luke 2:21: "After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb." It is surprising ...
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According to Catholicism can you be saved without being baptised?

Is faith through Jesus Christ without baptism enough for salvation? According to the bible, “without faith, it is hard to please God”. If someone at a young age whose been baptised didn’t have faith ...
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What reasons do Catholics have for believing Jesus is God?

Through natural reason and personal experience, I have come to be convinced that many of the Catholic Church's teachings are good and accurate. In addition, by reading Aristotle and Aquinas, I have ...
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What does the perpetual virginity of Mary add to our salvation?

I tried this question earlier and it was closed due to so many other similar questions but, having looked through I didn't find an answer. What, if any, is the salvific benefit of the perpetual ...
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Does Catholicism teach that there is a just interest rate?

Is there a 'just interest rate'? We see banks having interest rates when loaning money. Can this be done justly? I am interested in the Catholic viewpoint.
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Under what conditions does the Catholic Church explicitly call the laity extraordinary ministers?

Under what conditions does the Catholic Church explicitly call the laity extraordinary ministers? Extraordinary ministers are seen in almost every parish. For the most part, they help the parish ...
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Does the Catholic Church accept baptisms of other denominations? [duplicate]

Is baptism from different denominations valid in Catholic Church? To my knowledge, anyone can baptise someone to the point of death of an unbaptised child/baby and adult.
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Why the Perpetual Virginity of Mary? [duplicate]

The Savior having been born of a Virgin as prophesied, what if any, according to Roman Catholicism, are the salvific benefits of the continued or perpetual virginity of Mary?
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Why is the Notre Dame Cathedral not a Major Basilica?

The April, 2019 fire brought the Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris into limelight all across the world. It is said to be home to many important relics including the Crown of Thorn traditionally believed ...
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Origin and meaning of rosary

What is the origin and meaning of the rosary? It’s repetitive prayer of “Hail Mary, the lord’s prayer, glory be, and oh my Jesus”.
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If both the Orthodox and Catholic Church affirm salvation by grace through faith, why did the Protestant Reformation happen?

I will often engage in dialogue with Catholics and Orthodox Christians telling me that the doctrine of their churches affirms that salvation is by grace trough faith. If that is true, then what ...
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Does the Catholic canon law say anything about women being priests?

Is there any canon law in the Catholic Church about the role of women in the church and its possibilities to be groomed for Priesthood?
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According to Catholicism do priests ever receive spiritual graces on account of changes in discipline?

Can the actions of the Pope in changing sacramental discipline result in clerics having spiritual ability to read souls? (This was brought up as a a theory in a chat in relation to a different topic)....
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According to Catholicism, does an individual bishop have the safeguard of Infallibility or Indefectibility?

Is an individual bishop in communion with the Church and Supreme Pontiff prevented from teaching/approving heresy via formal acts under the doctrines of Infallibility or Indefectibility?
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According to Catholicism, what is an imprimatur?

What is the scope of an imprimatur? What does a work having an imprimatur mean for that work? What does it mean for the body of doctrine itself?
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What religion did the Wise Men from the East practise? [duplicate]

We read at Isiah 60:6 : " The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Madian and Epha: all they from Saba shall come, bringing gold and frankincense: and shewing forth praise to the ...
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Am I considered to be Catholic?

I noticed with surprise the following in a previous question : Finally, each and every Catholic, as also the baptized of every non-Catholic church or denomination who enters into the fullness of ...
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Can a Catholic simultaneously profess more than one rite?

Background In catholicism, there are 24 autonomous particular churches sui iuris, one Western and 23 Eastern. All of these churches are in communion with the Pope, and thus are considered, for all ...
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According to Catholicism, what is meant by the Church being indefectible?

One of the properties of the Church according to Catholicism is indefectibility. What does this mean and where does this doctrine originate?
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Why did Virgin Mary call herself the servant of the Lord?

We see at Luke 1:38 the response of Virgin Mary to the Angel Gabriel "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." One wonders why Mary called herself the servant ...
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Were splits already present in the New Testament? If so, how did Jesus handle these splits? [closed]

Were splits already present in the New Testament? If so, how did Jesus handle these splits? Each Christian religion claims that it is the true Christian Faith and is moved by the Holy Spirit. Is it ...
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Does Catholicism teach that there is a cyclic creation of the world?

Many religions, like Hinduism teach that the world is in a cycle of creation: creation then preservation then destruction (fading, annihilation) of the world then creation of a new world, in a ...
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Will mankind on earth reattain the original state of Adam and Eve?

Adam and Eve, were constituted in an original "state of holiness and justice".250 This grace of original holiness was "to share in. . .divine life" CCC375 Now, I've heard a priest say that ...
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What is the purpose of the rosary and why do some differ in the amount of beads they contain?

Should a Rosary be made of six or twelve beaded sections? Does it symbolize something specific or is it simply an object created to reflect something in the Catholic religion?
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According to the Catholic Church, can a tattoo be considered a sacramental?

According to the Catholic Church, can a tattoo be considered a sacramental? I have a friend who is thinking about getting a tattoo on each shoulder, containing the image of the Medal of St. Benedict. ...

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