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According to Catholicism, is a lie ever justified?

The obvious example of a justified lie comes from the third Reich’s hunt for Jews. Should we lie in order to protect the Jews hiding in the persons home? According to Catholicism, is lying in a ...
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According to the Catholic Church, is Jesus a man, or does He rather have a human nature without being a man?

According to the Catholic Church, is Jesus 'a man' properly speaking, or it is more correct to say He has a human nature while not being a man? For example, would it be true to say "Jesus is a ...
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Is the social teaching of the Catholic Church entirely geared toward Western democracies?

I was thinking about the amendments to the Catholic Church's teaching on the death penalty: Today, however, there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the ...
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Mass obligation & travel to different diocese?

If I attend Mass on Ascension Thursday in my diocese that observes Thursday & travel to a diocese that transfers to that Sunday, do have Sunday obligation since the liturgy will be the same?
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If someone is barred from receiving communion by their own Bishop, what are the consequences of continuing to receive it outside their diocese?

According to this article, U.S. politician Nancy Pelosi has continued to receive communion in another diocese despite being forbidden from doing so in her own diocese by her Archbishop. Is this ...
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What are the arguments for believing Jewish men would marry Temple Virgins who had taken vows of chastity?

Certain Christians believe Mary was a perpetual virgin. Furthermore, they believe there were Jewish Temple Virgins (discussion on this here) and that Mary was consecrated as a Temple Virgin. They ...
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What is the Catholic Church's answer to Nancy Pelosi's argument of a double standard between abortion and the death penalty?

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was recently barred from receiving communion in her diocese by her bishop over her obdurate viewpoint with regard to abortion, in response she said: I wonder ...
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What is the biblical basis to prove the perpetual virginity of Mary?

Roman Catholics believe that the blessed Mary not only was a virgin up until the birth of Christ but remained a perpetual virgin from then until the moment of her death. What is the biblical basis for ...
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Was the theory of many extraterrestrial worlds considered blasphemous by the Roman Catholic Church during the 16th century?

According to Martiniz A. A., the main accusation of Giordano Bruno from the inquisition is simply the ideas of many-worlds: No other accusation was invoked even half as much. In another reference ...
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What are the major arguments Protestants make for the Catholic Church being apostate?

What are the major arguments Protestants make for the Catholic Church being an apostate church?
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What are the attributes of the `life' Jesus is referring to in Jn 5: 26 where he speaks of `life in himself' granted by the Father?

We read in Jn 5: 25-26 (NRSVCE): Very truly, I tell you, the hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the ...
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Is there a Catholic “timeline” of Salvation?

This may come off as an odd request - but I’m looking for a catholic roadmap of salvation that gives an order to how one comes to salvation and maintain salvation through the sacraments. This request ...
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Meaning of clapping at the end of mass

At the parish I'm visiting (within the archdiocese of Vancouver), after singing the recessional hymn (during which the cross, the priest and the altar helpers walked along the nave to the front of the ...
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If a Catholic believes scripture supports a heretical position, but denies that position himself based on the Magisterium, is he a heretic?

According to the Catholic Church, if a Catholic's own interpretation of scripture leads to a conclusion regarding what scripture says that the Catholic Church holds is heretical (for ex., denying ...
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What is the biblical basis for denying the Lord's Supper to those in mortal sin?

Recently, Nanci Pelosi was barred from receiving Eucharist by the Catholic Church, due to her public stance on abortion which contradicts the Catholic faith, considered a mortal sin by the Church. ...
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Did the Catholic Church Refuse Communion to Nazi Leaders Advocating Late Term Abortions as a Form of Birth Control?

In the news recently was the issue of denying communion to those claiming to be Catholic, but allowing for late term abortions as a form of birth control. The Roman Catholic assumption, if I ...
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Has any Catholic scholar fully explained the deeper meaning of the allegory of eagle in Deut 32: 11-12?

We read in Deut 32:11-12 (NRSVCE): As an eagle stirs up its nest, and hovers over its young; as it spreads its wings, takes them up, and bears them aloft on its pinions, the Lord alone guided him; no ...
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In the Catholic church, can a child be baptized secretly when one parent objects?

Let's say a Protestant couple has a child who has been raised in a Protestant church that believes in adult baptism. So the child has not yet been baptized. The husband then becomes Catholic and ...
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Can a baptized Protestant (but not confirmed as Catholic) receive absolution from a Catholic priest?

Let'say I was baptized in a Protestant church (for example, Presbyterian) that is in the list of churches whose baptism is recognized by the Catholic church (such as this list). But let's say I'm ...
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Does Judges 4:4 mean that women can lead? [closed]

Yesterday I was re-reading Judges 4:4 and I was wondering, does Judges 4:4 mean that women can have a leadership role within the church and in general? We can see that in Judges 4:4 that Deborah has a ...
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Catholic Translation of the bible which inserts the four marks in Matt 16 "on this rock I will build my church"

I'm trying to track down a Catholic bible translation. I saw a screenshot of it online (a picture of a physical copy) a few months ago but have yet to identify which translation it is. The key thing ...
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Has the Catholic Church thought of setting up of a corpus to fund the safe commuting of parish priests within the territory of their service?

Every now and then, one comes across the sad news of the death of a young priest in road accident. Strangely, most of those accidents involve the two-wheeler motor vehicle the priest was riding on. ...
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According to Catholic Christology, is Dr. Craig’s view of Jesus’ knowledge heretical?

I was recently listening to an interview in which William Lane Craig argued that Jesus of Nazareth could not know something, but the divine logos (the second person of the trinity) could know ...
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What is the wording used for Christadelphian baptism?

The top answer currently on the question Would a person baptized by a Biblical Unitarian church be considered a Christian by the Catholic Church? links to a document Valid baptisms reference list from ...
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Does Romans 14:14 betray a shaky conviction of St Paul in relation to clean and unclean food?

We see St Paul writing in Romans 14:14 (NRSVCE): I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. St Paul appears to ...
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What arguments does the Catholic Church use to require Trinitarian intent on the part of the baptizer for a 'valid' baptism?

It looks like the 'intent' of the baptizer requires some sort of assent to Trinitarian beliefs in order for a baptism to be considered valid by the Catholic Church (see Would a person baptized by a ...
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Would a person baptized by a Biblical Unitarian church be considered a Christian by the Catholic Church?

According to the currently top answer to the question Who is a Christian according to the Catholic Church? a 'Christian' according to the Catholic Church is one who is validly baptized. That leads to ...
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Are registers signed during a Convalidation ceremony

My husband is Roman Catholic and I m Pentecostal. We married under a lot of pressure with no family members present. After much strife our families have agreed We have been trying to book a notice of ...
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According to Catholicism, how can the Holy Spirit proceed from the Father and the Son if it is God?

Given the Filioque (the idea that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son), how can the Holy Spirit be considered God? Given that God is necessary, it seems to me that the Filioque ...
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Leipzig Debate Between Luther and Johann Eck

Are there any resources on The Leipzig Debate Between Luther and Johann Eck?
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Are the fallen angels already in hell?

Aquinas argues that angels achieve their end by a single meritorious act. They either choose God, thereby possessing the Beatific Vision, or the reject him and fails permanently to achieve the end ...
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According to Catholic Tradition, did Tobias and Sarah consummate their marriage on their wedding night or just pray together?

I was listening to a recent podcast on Relevant Radio where the host said there's a tradition in the Catholic Church of not "engaging in the conjugal act" on couples wedding night and that ...
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According to Catholic scholars, are the terms "God's Plan" and "God's Will" one and the same?

The Bible very rarely uses the term God's Plan, for instance: Ps 107:11 (NIV): because they rebelled against God’s commands and despised the plans of the Most High. Micah 2:3 (NIV): Therefore, the ...
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What are the major arguments Protestants use against both Catholic and Orthodox claims of authority re scriptural interpretation?

The Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church both claim authority re scriptural interpretation. They are different organizations, and Protestants reject the claims of authority by both. Are there any ...
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According to Catholicism, is there a distinction between paradise and heaven?

Luke 23:43 says: And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (ESV) I have heard a few people say that paradise in this verse is not referring to heaven, but a ...
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For traditional sources, how does the Catholic Church distinguish between holy truth and human speculation from the same author?

Some denominations believe that the Bible is the sole source of revealed knowledge (e.g. Protestant Sola scriptura). Some believe that recorded oral tradition that doesn't contradict the Bible is a ...
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What's the difference between "knowledge" and "full knowledge" when it comes to sin?

This is actually not a speculative question! :) An act committed with mere knowledge is not a mortal sin--it must be full knowledge. So, what is the difference between mere knowledge and the full ...
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What was the ante-Nicene Fathers' view on image veneration?

What was the ante-Nicene Fathers' view on image veneration and its use inside churches?
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Does Lk 8:3 rule out the theory that Mary Magdalene had had a life of promiscuity before she became a disciple of Jesus?

We read in Lk 8:1-3 Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, as well as some women who had ...
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How did the Catholic Masses' kyriales get their names?

There are eighteen plainchant settings of the ordinary of the Mass (kyriales), sixteen of which have specific names. 1961 Liber Usualis: Ordinary Chants Name Season Mode Century 1 Lux et origo In ...
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What does St Paul mean by saying "wages credited as a matter of obligation "?

We read in Romans 4: 3-5(NIV): What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an ...
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Did the early church believe in the supremacy of Rome? [duplicate]

Did the early church fathers believe in the supremecy of rome and if so where is the evidance for this? Roman Catholics claim that the church of rome has supreme authority as it is the church of the ...
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Who are called Catholics in the Early Church?

I saw recently that some protestants are trying to label themselves as authentic Catholics. “Protestants: The Most ‘Catholic’ of Christians.” Reforming Catholic Confession Who are called Catholics in ...
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Where did the nomenclature “godfather” originate from?

As per Catholic tradition, a baby at the time of baptism, gets a godfather and a godmother. They are the ones who present the child at baptism and promise to take responsibility for his/her ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, what is their doctrinal view of the inerrancy of Scripture? [duplicate]

Q: According to modern church tradition and/or doctrine, what is Roman Catholicism’s stance on the inerrancy of Holy Scripture?
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Was there a time before the East-West schism where heretics outnumbered Catholics?

I am curious whether there was any one heresy that commanded a large enough following that the orthodox Catholics were outnumbered? The scope of this question is worldwide The point of view is the ...
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What are the main arguments the Catholic Church uses in support of the sole interpretive authority of the Magisterium?

According to the Catechism (CCC 100) "The task of interpreting the Word of God authentically has been entrusted solely to the Magisterium of the Church, that is, to the Pope and to the bishops ...
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Did anyone publicly call Jesus a glutton?

We see Jesus saying in Mtt 11:18-19 (NRSVCE): For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a ...
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According to the Catholic Church, are sex positions that can’t bear children sinful?

Note that my question is asking about married couples, not just any two people engaging in intercourse. According to the Catholic Church, would a husband in wife be in sin if they committed any of the ...
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Theoretically, could a lay person, by virtue of their baptism, validly consecrate Holy Eucharist?

Does the ability to validly consecrate Eucharist come from our baptism? Does ordination add an extra power not given in baptism? Or is ordination simply the act of setting aside a baptized person for ...
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